ISSUE 38  |  The Low Countries

DIY Video: How to Make a $20 Cabinet Pull for $2

September 17, 2012 7:30 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

I've been renting my flat in San Francisco for a few years now, and ever since I moved in, I've been bothered (make that incensed) by the cabinet hardware in the kitchen. The real dilemma? Twenty-four cabinets, combined with an obsessive love for leather pulls priced at $20 each (do the math and that's a $480 investment). The good news is that I figured out a way to get the cabinet pulls of my dreams and still have enough money to eat lunch.

Want to give it a try? See my DIY video for step-by-step instructions (you'll need to source the materials outlined below).

Above: The finished product, inspired by a sophisticated pull spotted on Remodelista.

Here's What You Need:

• Vegetable-tanned Leather Hide, $20 on Etsy (a single hide yields 30 cabinet pulls).

Matte Behr Interior Paint in white; $11.23 at Home Depot.

Nuts and Carriage Bolts; $5.44 for a pack of 20 at Home Depot.

General Tool 818 Scratch Awl; $6.60 at Amazon.

• Paint Brushes; $1.15 each at Home Depot.

N.B. If you want to see project that started Alexa's obsession, go to Leather Handles from Nu.