One of my favorite sources for affordable drawer pulls and hardware online is D. Lawless Hardware. I don’t know if you’re aware, but they recently designed and released their own line of Library Card Catalog style Label Holder Pulls that are surprisingly inexpensive, and if you’ve ever priced this type of drawer pull, you know that they can be very pricey! They offer two different styles and 4 different finishes.
I couldn’t wait to find just the right project to use these great pulls and create a realistic-looking, faux, library card catalog. I got this simple but substantial 10 drawer dresser that I thought would be the perfect piece to execute my vision on.
First, I went to Home Depot and had them cut 30 (3 for each of the 10 drawers) little squares from a sheet of 5mm Flooring Underlayment (around $15 for the sheet and I had tons left over!) Then I began the tedious-but-necessary task of sanding the fronts and four edges of all 30 pieces. Yikes!
Once all the edges and corners were rounded and they were nice and smooth, I used wood glue and clamps to affix the little faux drawers to the drawer fronts.
Once I got all the faux drawers attached, I started to get very excited about how it was coming together.
A dramatic, warm, charcoal gray was a great choice to showcase the beautiful hardware and allow it to really be the star of the show. So excited with how it turned out!
I took it to the Vintage Market I participated in this past weekend, and though it didn’t sell (lucky for you locals it’s going to be at Livy Lou’s very soon!) it was totally fooling people all day long! The larger drawers make it much more practical, usable, and versatile piece than a real library card catalog. I think it was totally worth the extra effort. :)
I received the hardware for this project from D. Lawless, but received no other compensation for my review.