Unique Hardware Ideas for Your Home

by Karianne WoodJuly 27, 2016

They say that hardware is the jewelry on a piece of furniture and I agree. Sometimes the plainest of dressers or the most forlorn of end table or even the simplest of desks can be transformed with a fresh take on hardware.

The big box stores are full of bins and bins of drawer hardware and hooks and pegs and latches. But why settle for ordinary? Putting your own spin on hardware for your home can create a unique conversation piece. Here’s some easy tips, ideas and projects to get you started.

Hooks and Pegs

One of the most overlooked places to add unusual hardware is with hooks and pegs. Think outside the box and have a little fun in your home. This easy hardware project was made using a vintage croquet mallet.

Simply saw off the head of the mallet, leaving approximately two inches of the stick still attached. Next, attach back of the mallet with a screw to a piece of 1”x 4”x 7” pine board. You can paint or stain the board before attaching the mallet to match your décor.

Hang towels or clothes or other sports gear in style with this simple hook project.

Faucet Head Hardware

Even the most utilitarian of items can become an interesting addition to your hardware collection, like these faucet heads. Have a simple dresser that needs a little bit of industrial farmhouse style? Replace the existing drawer hardware with faucet heads.

Simply place a screw into the center of the faucet head, add a spacer to the back, screw into the drawer hole and secure the screw on the reverse side of the drawer.

Stamped Spoon Hardware

Spruce up your kitchen cabinets with this creative and unique hardware idea.

Start with a vintage silver-plate spoon. Flatten the spoon with a rubber mallet. Next, using metal silver stamps, stamp a label onto the flattened part of the spoon. Bend the spoon slightly into the shape of a handle and drill two small holes into either end of the spoon.

Lastly, attach the spoon to the cabinet and your new hardware is ready to use.

Add Hardware in Unexpected Places

Many times it’s not the hardware that is unique as much as the place you choose to display it. For example, this simple wooden tray becomes a piece of art when you add a simple handle to it. You can DIY the tray yourself with 1”x 5” pieces of wood and a cross piece of wood for support. Finish the tray with a nickel plated over-sized pull.

For interesting hardware options, be sure and check in the exterior hardware section of the store. There, you can find barn door hardware, over-sized handles, pulleys, gate latches and so many more ideas.
Don’t overlook the importance of hardware in the home. You can personalize even ordinary hardware by spray painting or even distressing it. Make it your own. Everyone needs some new jewelry now and then.

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About The Author
Karianne Wood
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.

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