Do you want your furniture or cabinet drawers to stand out from the rest? Well never fear I have put together this guide for unique copper drawer pulls!!
How To Make Handmade Copper Drawer Pulls Easily And Cheap Using Copper Piping
- Copper is a super cool color, and quite popular. It pretty much goes with any color scheme! Nothing transforms your furniture like a cool, unique, industrial piping look. You can make these copper drawer pulls for less than $20!! You can purchase these items from your local hardware store!! This is copper piping that is originally used for plumbing, but if you know me by now, you know I break rules and I don’t live in a box.(This post contains affiliate links, it cost you nothing to use but allows me to keep bringing you FREE, AWESOME content)The following is what you will need to accomplish this copper drawer pull look:
- 6 foot copper pipe (1/2″)
- Copper Spray Paint
- Metal JigSaw Blades
- Copper Piping Caps (1/2″)
- Measuring tape
- Painters tape
- Copper Bells (that is what they are called) if I am doing a ling drawer I have one on each end, smaller drawers i just use one in the center. (1/2″)
Make sure that your piping, bells and caps are all the SAME size!
Okay so let’s get started! So Copper will naturally tarnish and patina, so unless you are okay with that you will have two options. The first option is to just seal the hardware with a metal sealer (spray paint sealer). What I did here was just painted over the pipe, bells, and caps with Rustoleum’s Copper Metallic Spray Paint. Also, you will need a metal blade for your jigsaw, you can also purchase a copper piping cutter or a hand saw, but it literally took me 2 seconds to cut the pipe with my jigsaw.
Your next step is to hold the pipe up to your drawer to gauge how long you want it to be. Put painters tape where you want the cut to be (I guess you could also mark it with a marker). Make sure you clamp the pipe down tightly, Jigsaws can be very shaky and violent so you NEED to secure whatever you are cutting. In this case the copper pipe! Once you have clamped the pipe down, cut that baby. After you have cut the piece, either spray it with the clear sealer or in this case the copper spray paint.
Installing the Copper Drawer Pulls
Okay, so the next step is to make sure that you mark where you want your bells to go. For copper drawer pulls I put two bells, for smaller ones I put a bell in the center of the drawer. At this point, you also want to make sure you know how much space you want on each end of the actual pipe so its even. Either write it down or make small marks so you know where your pipes need to sit.
Once you have marked everything you can start drilling the bells into place. (Just know that the copper screws are VERY soft, so you may need to use a more strong screw, just make sure it is the same size as the copper screw so it does NOT stick out). If the head of the screw is too big your pipe will not sit flush and you cannot tighten the pipe properly.
Once you have screws all your copper bells into place, you are ready for the piping. The bell will come with screws, you can either hand screw it or use a drill, just be sure to go slow, you can start at the bottom and alternate from bottom to top until it is totally secured. Once you have all your piping totally secured, you can put the end caps on.
Now that you have assembled everything your copper drawer pulls are complete! Easy and Cheap! Check out the final piece below!!
Check out THIS piece I also made copper drawer pulls for!