Today I’m sharing the details on the easiest DIY: white leather and brass cabinet pulls (that I used on our new buffet). The leather is real but the brass if faux. I’m cool with it.
From the start, I thought leather cabinet pulls would be perfect. I checked out a bunch of natural-toned leather options but kept gravitating toward white. With a little brass thrown in, of course.
I made the handles from an old Banana Republic white belt I picked up from a local thrift store. I checked out several options for white leather, including leather belts, but this one with its black trimmed edges was perfect for a mere three bucks. After cutting the belt into strips, I grabbed some carriage bolts from the hardware store along with washers and nuts. I wanted something more than the galvanized look, so tested out a few options for turning them into faux brass hardware. The winner was this gold paint pen, which was easy to apply and left a really smooth finish.
I just painted the tops and a little bit down the sides of the bolts. And using the nuts as paint stands worked so well.
To attach the handles, I pre-drilled both the handles and doors, and then just screwed those suckers in. I find it amusing to see the belt writing on the inside of the handles.
I think these would be easy to replicate with either a piece of white leather or an old belt, and to paint or Sharpie the edges if you like the black-trimmed look. And you could easily customize the hardware with different-shaped bolts or different paint finishes. Really, this was so easy and I like that it adds a more unexpected element than a standard cabinet pull.
So glad to have our new handles, and to have our new buffet all filled up with china, placements, tablecloths, and more. Isn’t stylish function just the best?