Easy & Cheap Update with Rope Wrapped Handles

DIY twine hardwareI have big plans for this old cabinet in our cottage kitchen.  It’s been painted, but still needs a new top, so I won’t be sharing the finished project until, well, it’s actually finished.

But for now, let me show you how I updated the hardware for about $1.00.  I tested the handles with a magnet first to see if they were brass and could be cleaned up and restored to their original luster.  (A girl can hope, right?)  Well, I had no such luck.  The magnet stuck, which means that they had been finished with a brass color, and maybe another color later, but the actual handle is only iron based.  If it was brass, I would have cleaned it this way.

I really didn’t want to spray paint these guys, mainly because they were boring, and fairly chipped up.  I was also too lazy to replace them, because chances are I never would have found new handles with four holes in exactly the places I needed them.  And I certainly didn’t feel like filling the holes on this piece, or spending money for new ones.

I gained inspiration from these rope wrapped handle pulls at Anthropologie.

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Image source: Anthropologie


I used some Jute Twine*, but sisal twine would do the trick as well.

DIY rope hardwareI hot glued a small piece of one end to the back of the handle, and wrapped the rope around it.

DIY jute wrapped hardware Every few twists around the handle, I added a bit of hot glue to the back to keep it all in place.

anthropologie rope wrapped handleIt was an easy, and extremely cheap update to these old knobs.  Being that this piece is in our little lake house cottage, I think it gives the space the perfect little nautical touch.

jute twine wrapped hardware

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8 thoughts on “Easy & Cheap Update with Rope Wrapped Handles

  1. Totally love the look, especially against the lovely blue. I did the same thing to some handles on a tray makeover…an easy project, albeit not a quick one! lol Hopefully you didn’t burn your fingers too much with the hot glue…love hate relationship there.

  2. I love this! It fits the paint job perfectly (and I LOVE the paint job, by the way. Can’t wait to see it completely done!). I’m in the process of doing a nautical themed bedroom for my 2 year old and I might try to incorporate your rope-wrapped idea somewhere.

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