When I got my first apartment many years ago upon entering graduate school, I went home to my parents’ house and rented a van to bring furniture from the basement to my apartment in New York. I needed a dresser, so I took my grandfather’s highboy dresser. I never knew my grandfather because he died when he was about 40 when my mom was a young teen. He probably purchased the dresser that I pilfered soon after he and my grandmother got married around 1919 when they bought a bedroom set for their first home.
The dresser was a dark brown wood that I considered kind of depressing. So way back when I was a grad student, I decided to paint it white, and it’s been white ever since. Unfortunately over the years, some of the decorative pieces of carved wood fell off and disappeared. Nevertheless, I brought the old dresser with me when I moved back to Massachusetts into my current house. I repainted it then about 15 years ago, and I know it could use another coat of paint now. Soon, maybe. When I brought the dresser to my then new bedroom, I decided to replace the original drawer pulls to try to update the look. I found some intriguing drawer pulls at Anthropologie, but the pulls cost $10 each. My dresser has 6 drawers with 2 pulls on each drawer. That would have cost me $120 plus tax. I passed on that.
Instead, I went to TruValue Hardware to see what white drawer pulls they had. The only white pulls they carried had little pink rose buds surrounded by a gold border. They were cute, but they looked like they were for a little girl’s dresser. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything else that came close for an affordable price, so I bought them. They’ve been on my dresser for 15+ years at this point.
During her visit this past weekend, Jeff’s daughter showed me what she got in her TJ Maxx/Homegoods haul. Among her goodies were a set of drawer pulls that were just what I had been seeking. In fact, they looked almost like the ones I wanted from Anthropologie, perhaps even a little larger and more striking. But the key difference was that they were priced at $7.99 for 6 drawer pulls!! I bought two packages. I could hardly wait to take off the old ones and put on the new.
The new drawer pulls came with washers (unlike the old ones), and they were a cinch to put on. I didn’t even need a screwdriver.
I think these look sooooo much better! (though now I really need to repaint as well as change the color of the accent paint!) These are ceramic like the old pulls, but more substantial and with silver tone hardware. It’s difficult to tell whether the design is dark navy blue or black, but either shade is fine with me. These look more adult IMO.
I wanted to let you know about them in case you had an old dresser or chest that you wanted to update. I found them at the combo TJ Maxx plus Homegoods store at Fresh Pond in Cambridge MA but I imagine that they would be at other TJ Maxx and maybe Homegoods stores as well. They were placed on a set of shelves where you enter the queue to the cash registers. There were about three different drawer pull styles.
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