Frozen Inspired Vanity Redo & Decoupage Tutorial at Evey's Creations

This is one of the most creative projects we’ve ever had the pleasure of having our hardware featured on and it comes from Evey’s Creations! The full article features a how to on the redoing the dresser and more interestingly, the decoupage artwork all over the front. And most importantly, to us anyways :), she used some of our octagon glass pulls that have been gaining in popularity a lot lately.

Evey's Creations - Frozen Inspired Vanity

D. Lawless Brass Icebox Hardware at Sawdust 2 Stitches

Our icebox hardware is specially designed from years in the furniture making business. We produced or sold so many iceboxes back in the day that we actually had our own reproduction name plates made. The “White Clad” ice box sign as it was originally manufactured was “Simmons Hardware Co.” We replaced Simmons with Lawless back in the early 90’s and actually upset quite a few people with the move. But hey, they are reproductions anyways!

Below the set is seen being used on the popular DIY blog Sawdust 2 Stitches on a re-purposed dresser. We were very lucky to get these great photos of the product in use!

Brass Ice Box Hardware DIY Project

Make a Cabinet Door Coat Rack

If you’re not into building a base for a coat rack, another inexpensive (and really easy) option is to use an old cabinet door. Old cabinet doors can be found in flea markets, thrift stores, or if you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in your area, they are an excellent source! All you do is paint it to your liking and add hooks… It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Make a Cabinet Door Coat Rack
Cabinet Door
Coat hooks with screws
Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
I found this really long cabinet door at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore that I thought would make an excellent coat rack! I sanded the door and painted it white. I felt it needed something else so I used my vinyl and paper cutter to cut designs from vinyl to apply to the door frame. I painted over them in black (paint samples are excellent for projects like this!), then removed the vinyl when the paint was completely dry. Instead of vinyl, narrow masking tape can be used to create stripes or diamonds. Heart-shaped stickers or round stickers can be used for a fun look.
Make a Cabinet Door Coat Rack - frog tape

Make a Cabinet Door Coat Rack - use stencil

Make a Cabinet Door Coat Rack - paint it
I had a few numbered coat hooks that I was saving for just the right project… They were perfect for this!
Make a Cabinet Door Coat Rack - hook
I added a couple of large soda can tabs with washers and screws to the back of the door for hanging. Other hangers such as sawtooth or d-tabs would work equally well.
Make a Cabinet Door Coat Rack - finished
 Easy, right? Drawer handles or knobs can also be used making this a great piece for organization!

D. Lawless Antique Style Glass Pulls at Vintage Refined!

We are lucky to get to work with a number of creative people during our marketing and efforts to grow and Ashley at Vintage Refined is no exception. She recently completed this beautiful yellow dresser makeover and topped it off using some of our clear glass pulls! You can click the image to get through to see her whole article or click here to see the pulls.

Beautiful Handcrafted Glass Knobs from Design Studio 180 On Sale Now!

A long time coming! This collection of fused glass knobs is the first from Design Studio 180 and we are proud to have them up on our site. Phillip Mambro of Design Studio 180 partnered with us and used our bases to create a variety of styles of modern style glass knobs.

You can see the whole collection here, but for here are a few of my favorites.

Mirrored Amber w/ Antique Brass

Mirrored Amber w/ Antique Brass Glass Knob

Mirrored Blue w/ Black

Black Glass w/ Black Base

DIY Plans to Build a Mirror Frame

The frame only looks complicated… The frame allows for a rectangular mirror instead of an arched mirror!

Mirror Frame Plan
  • 1” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  •  Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

  • 1 – 1×3 at 8’
  • 1 – ½” x 6” craft board (generally sold in 3’ or 4’ lengths)
  • 1 – ¼” x 2” craft board

Cut List:
  • 2  1×3 at 33” – Frame Sides
  • 1 – 1×3 at 27” – Frame Bottom
  • 1 – ½” x 6 craft board at 22” – Arch
  • 1 – ¼” x 2 craft board at 22-1/2” – Back Strip

Step One
Cut the pieces for the frame. Using a router and a ¼” rabbeting bit, cut a ¼” deep rabbet along one long edge of each piece. Cut a 45° miter in each end of the 27” piece, and one end only of each 33” piece – treating each piece as a left and a right. With the pocket hole jig set for ¾” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the 27” piece miters. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Mirror Frame Plan - measuring
Mirror Frame Plan - And the sides
Step Two
Cut the piece for the arch. Cut the arch using a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Set the pocket hole jig for ½” material and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the arched piece to the inside of the frame sides using glue and 1” pocket hole screws. The front face of the arched piece will be flush with the front of the frame.
Mirror Frame Plan - The top arch
Mirror Frame Plan - Piece it together
Step Three
Cut the piece for the back strip. Apply glue to one surface and clamp in place over the back side of the arch resting on the rabbets on the side piece. Let dry.
Mirror Frame Plan - finished prodcut
Finish as desired. Cut a mirror to fit the opening on the back, securing in place with mirror adhesive, a picture framing tab gun, or mirror clips. Glass or Plexiglas can also be used.

Green Buffet Makeover – Before & After

Another nice project from local refurbisher Gary with hardware provided by us of course!

He starts with a very worn and dated looking buffet…

Green Buffet Makeover - Scratched and Dinged

Tons of scratches and dings and the hardware was totally shot…

Green Buffet Makeover - Old Bail Pull
We have a nice selection of bail pulls but Gary decided to take this project in a whole different direction by using these serrated pulls and serrated knobs from Liberty Hardware. The final result is really nice and I’m sure he’ll have no problem turning a profit on this one.
Green Buffet Makeover - Finished Product

Green Buffet Makeover - Front View

Green Buffet Makeover - Side View

Green Buffet Makeover - Pearl Nickel Knob

Green Buffet Makeover - Serrated Pearl Nickel Pull

Green Buffet Makeover - D. Lawless Hardware

Easy How to Project – Build a Planked Coat Rack

Planked Coat Rack
Coat racks are great for organization! Not only do they organize – well – “coats” but they can also organize backpacks, dog leashes and harnesses, tote bags, etc. and they are easy to make, too!
Planked Coat Rack with Coat Hooks

1-1/4” pocket hole screws
Wood glue
Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
1 – 1×2 at 6’
1 – tongue and groove beaded plank at 8’
I used scrap pieces of tongue and groove planks left over from another project. The pieces were about 10” long. I drilled pocket holes in the top and bottom of them so that I could secure them to a 1×2 board.
coat rack project

The length of the 1×2 will depend on the length of the planks when they are assembled. Just insert the tongue in the groove for each of the planks then measure the length and cut the 1×2. Drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×2 pieces. Secure the planks to the 1x2s using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
coat hooks on a planked rack project

Cut two more 1×2 pieces that measure the height of the assembled piece and secure them in place with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws through the pockets holes in the longer 1x2s.

Any stain or paint can be used on this piece. I chose a blue stain.
easy diy coat rack

Once the finish is dry, hooks can be added. I used double coat hooks in a nickel finish and screwed them to the front of the planking. I added hangers to the back – I normally use soda can tabs with a washer and a screw. A French cleat can be used, as well as d-ring tabs, whatever your preference!
diy coat rack close up
diy coat rack finished product