Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Blog, How To Tips, Painting Furniture | 3 comments

Painting drawer hardware is really easy to do and can make-or-break the overall appearance of your furniture.

The most common challenge when painting hardware is getting an even paint coverage… which is really no challenge at all… just keep reading!

Most people lay the hardware on a flat surface and start spray-painting.  This is how I did it for the longest time.  This works okay, but the paint often pools around the handles.  You also have to move the hardware around to get coverage on the back and sides.  This is messy and can leave fingerprints and flaws in your finish.


Here’s an Easy DIY 101 Tutorial on Painting Drawer Hardware.

Note the simple How-To-Tip that secures your hardware and provides a professional paint coverage!


You will need the following supplies-


  • Hardware, Handles, Pulls or Knobs
  • Screwdriver / Butter Knife
  • 220 Grit Sand Paper
  • Soap / Water
  • Corrugated Cardboard Box (any sturdy piece of board will do)
  • Kitchen Skewers (you can also use long nails or the original screws!)
  • Scissors / Wire-Cutters to cut the Skewers to length
  • Paint / Primer




1.   Remove all hardware from your furniture. Confession – there have been 1 or 2 occasions when I’ve been too lazy to get my screwdriver and I’ve used a butter knife.  Not very professional, but it works!




2. Wash the hardware well, then let dry. If the drawer pulls or handles are “groovaaay” (watched Austin Powers the other night), use an old toothbrush or any sort of brush to get into all the crevices to remove any debris. Austin Powers should have used his toothbrush.

3.  Give the hardware a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper and then wipe down well to remove all the dust. Sanding will give the wood/metal handles a little “tooth” so the primer and paint will adhere nicely.

4. Set up your painting area outdoors or in a well ventilated space.

5. Cut a piece of cardboard and fold it in half length wise (make a huge Toblerone Bar- for all you chocolate lovers out there) and poke the skewers through both sides. Skewers can be cut down to whatever length is required.




Tip – Cut your cardboard and skewers to an appropriate size that  holds all your hardware.  You want to make sure there is room in between to get all around spray coverage.


6. Hang your pulls, handles or knobs off the ends of the skewers for easy spray painting.  Front, back and sides should be easily accessible.



7. Give the hardware 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of paint letting each coat dry thoroughly in-between spraying.


Tip – Always remember to wear a dust mask and eye protection when spray painting.





So there you have it…painting furniture hardware is super simple!

Old hardware, pulls, handles, and knobs, can be transformed from so-sad-so-drab to show-stopping-sensational with just a little paint!

The pulls in this tutorial belong to a scratched up salvaged veneer dresser.  When I’m finished the entire piece, I’ll provide a link here.




These turned out so well, I’m tempted to wear them as earrings! 😉

Let me know what you think.

***Update – They’re adorning a chocolate brown dresser rather than my ears… take a peek  here.