Secretary Desk with New Library Drawer Pulls

I inherited a secretary desk from my grandma when my family moved her into a nursing home.  My mom remembers it being in her house when they were growing up.  So obviously I remembered it being in grandma’s house when I used to visit.  I feel incredibly lucky to have it in my house now since it is a piece of my family’s history. You might have noticed it in my post last week for Kirkland’s in the corner there.

gray-yellow-aqua family room


Of course I have thought 100 times about painting it.  But, I think for now, I am going to leave it as is.  It is in pretty good condition for being about 60 years old.  Everything opens and closes well.  The only problem is it was missing some of the drawer pulls on the inside.  I don’t think the tiny pulls really belonged on this piece and was dying to put library pulls on it since I got it over a year ago.



When Destiny painted her coral dresser and used some brass catalog drawer pulls I was in love.  So I jumped at the chance to snag some from D. Lawless Hardware as a thank you gift.  If you remember our huge giveaway in October D. Lawless Hardware was one of the sponsors who gave away $450 dollars in hardware.  I had never heard of them before that, but since then, I have gone there many times checking out their prices on hardware and such and they are soooooo reasonable.  Waaaay cheaper than the big box store for sure.

I think I am going to get all of my hardware from there for my studio project (A.K.A. My Biggest DIY ever).  Anywho enough of the commercial…

In order to put my new library pulls on I cut a piece of 1/4” luan board the same width as my drawer front and then created a jig so I could get the holes in the same spot every time.


I slid a drill bit through the middle hole and dilled the other two tiny holes for the new library pulls.


Then I screwed the library pulls in place with a screwdriver.  Doesn’t it look so much better than with the tiny little pulls?


I decided to not patch the center hole from the previous knob since the label would be covering it.  I then just cut out some labels with my Silhouette Cameo and popped them in place.  I think the library catalog pulls go with the vintage vibe of this secretary.




Disclaimer: D. Lawless Hardware sent me these pulls as a thank you for the giveaway we did back in October with no intention of me posting about it.  However, I love a good deal and just couldn’t resist telling you about this resource.