Build a Book Case w/ Metal Legs

This easy to build bookcase uses 2’ x 4’ sheets of medium density fiberboard (MDF), an inexpensive alternative to plywood, and has fabulous, sleek metal legs. The back of the bookcase in the example was covered with a coordinating wallpaper for a pop of color!
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And the finished product…
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·         1-1/2” brad nails
·         Wood Glue
·         Satin Nickel Furniture Legs and screws
·         Paint of your choice
·         Wallpaper and glue or Mod Podge, optional
Tools Needed:
·         Table saw or Circular saw
·         Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor
·         Drill with a Phillips bit
·         4 – 2’ x 4’ sheets of ½” MDF (or 1 – 4’ x 8’ sheet cut into fourths)
·         1 – 2’ x 4’ sheet of ¼” plywood
Cut List:
·         2 – ½” MDF at 15” x 48” – Sides
·         8 – ½” MDF at 1-1/2” x 23-1/2” – Front & Back Stretchers
·         4 – ½” MDF at 15” x 24” – Shelves, Top & Bottom
·         1 – ¼” plywood at 24” x 47-1/2” – Back
Step One
Cut the pieces for the sides, and the front and back stretchers. Secure the stretchers using glue and 1-1/2” brad nails as shown in the drawing, locating them ½” back from the front and back edges of the sides. The top stretchers will also be located ½” down from the top of the sides.
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Step Two
Cut the pieces for the shelves, top and bottom. Position these pieces on top of the stretchers securing in place with glue and 1-1/2” brad nails.
book case plans - D. Lawless Hardware
Step Three
Cut the piece for the back. If using wallpaper to cover the inside of the back, apply a coat of glue or Mod Podge to one side of the back piece, then smooth the wallpaper in place. Trim away any excess.
Secure the back in place using glue and 1-1/2” brad nails through the back into the sides, shelves, top and bottom.
book case plans - D. Lawless Hardware
Step Four
Finish as desired. I used a few coats of a charcoal grey chalk paint on the example, then used a clear wax over the paint.
Secure a 2×4 block in each corner of the bottom under the lower shelf using glue and 1-1/2” brad nails through the top of the shelf. Position the legs on the blocks, then secure the legs using 1” screws.
metal table legs project

metal table legs

General Finishes & D. Lawless Hardware – Furniture Makeover Perfect Storm!

Over the past several years for marketing online I’ve had the pleasure of being introduced to a lot of great products that are also used in our kitchen and furniture niche. One of those companies is General Finishes who I kept seeing our partners using on the same projects that our hardware was being used on.

Over the past year or so I’ve gotten to know some of the team at General Finishes and we’ll be having a booth at the General Finishes Flippin Furniture Expo in Chicago this year. When gathering some promotional material to share in the lead up to the event it struck me that there had to be a ton of furniture flips featuring both products. So I multi tasked this blog post while gathering information and photos for them to promote us as a partner at the show.

As usual, I’m sure I missed many posts, so if you want yours included just let me know and I’ll add it. These posts all feature a piece of junk turned beautiful by a talented blogger using General Finishes paint and D. Lawless Hardware. Click through to see the full before and afters!

The first post comes from 38th Street and shows off a beautiful wide Jefferson dresser with antique copper hardware and Queenstown Gray milk paint.

D. Lawless Hardware - General Finishes - 38th Street Blog

This next post features one of our most popular pieces of hardware the antique pewter fleur de lis knob we have at a great price. Sheila of Plum Doodles used Snow White milk paint from General Finishes.

D. Lawless Hardware - General Finishes - Plum Doodles

Next up is this rustic dresser from Cassie at Primitive & Proper using sun aged antique style glass pulls from us and White Winter Glaze from General Finishes.

D. Lawless Hardware - General Finishes - Primitive & Proper

The next post is from the first ever D. Lawless All-Star! Stacey at Embracing Change used General Finishes Persian Blue paint alongside our very affordable acrylic pumpkin style knobs on a nice little hall table.

D. Lawless Hardware - General Finishes - Embracing Change

This post is just like a who’s who of my longest running blog partners! Next up is one of the first people I ever had the pleasure of working with, Angela from Number Fifty-Three. Angela uses our milk black glass knobs alongside General Finishes Patina Green on this hall dresser.

D. Lawless Hardware - General Finishes - Number Fifty-Three

Next up is a nice repurposed tall black dresser from My Repurposed Life. Gail used our super popular label holders and Lamp Black paint from General Finishes.

D. Lawless Hardware - General Finishes - My Repurposed Life

Another frequent poster for us is Jenny from Evolution of Style. Normally she’s doing kitchens, but she did a great job on these small end tables using our cut glass knobs and General Finishes Driftwood.

D. Lawless Hardware - General Finishes - Evolution of Style

This next dresser is a true beauty with all the gold trim! Jenny from Refresh Living used our milk white glass knobs with Coastal Blue from General Finishes really turn an old scuffed up piece into something that would look great anywhere.

D. Lawless Hardware - General Finishes - Refresh Living

This next project from Highstyle Restyle uses our label holders and Driftwood from General Finishes to turn a worn out little dresser into a lovely little apothecary cart.

D. Lawless Hardware - General Finishes - Highstyle Restyle

This closeup of Midnight Blue paint and our ornate ceramic knobs is from a nice empire desk makeover at Patina Paradise!

D. Lawless Hardware - General Finishes - Patina Paradise

I love the staging and the colors everytime I see this shot of our green cut glass knobs from Art is Beauty. Our glass knobs pair perfectly with Java Gel and Gray General Finishes paint on this hall table makeover.

D. Lawless Hardware - General Finishes - Art is Beauty

And last but not least is this cabinet makeover from Noble Vintage featuring our label holders and Sage Green paint from General Finishes!

D. Lawless Hardware - General Finishes - Noble Vintage

New Products: Hillman Hardware

Hillman Hardware - D. Lawless Hardware

We deal a lot in closeouts from businesses that unfortunately didn’t make it or from people that just plain want rid of a lot of hardware. A couple years back we picked up a huge load of Hillman Hardware that was in TOTAL disarray. Well, with everything going on we sat on it and sorted it on and off for the last couple years, but we just now got it ready for sale.

So if your are looking for high quality screws, anchors, bolts, picture frame hangers, nuts, etc. then we have THE BEST prices on these items from Hillman Hardware, a quality name in hardware for years and years.

We just got started with about 70 items, all card packed and brand new. Over the next few months we’ll be listing hundreds and hundreds of this utility hardware which will be good for us and our customers as we have had a sparse selection of this type of stuff in the past and our prices will of course embarrass the competition!

Check out the selection here:

Free Hardware Friday #24

This will be the last Free Hardware Friday for at least two weeks but it may be longer than that before we host another one. It will be back for sure but I’m out of town this next week at the Summer Camp Music Festival and I may be traveling the next weekend as well.
But to make it up I’ve got a beautiful Vintage Nickel Knob from Liberty Hardware. Sometimes I’m giving away cheap generic stuff but this is a real beauty and is currently selling for $3 a pop at our competitors stores.
Vintage Nickel Knob - Free Hardware Friday

The rules are the same as every week….
1. E-mail me at the address on the bottom of the post with your name, address, the product number, and how many you need.
2. Please put in writing what you plan to use the knobs for and also give me permission to use your photos to market the knobs. I might put your pictures up on our HomeTalk account, Facebook, or website. If you click our HomeTalk link above you can see a lot of the projects completed by Free Hardware Friday participants since we started back in November.

I’m looking forward to lots of participants heading into our hiatus! Please contact me at lawlesshardware (at) gmail (dot) com to participate!

D. Lawless All Star: Embracing Change

Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to work with many very talented people and there are a few that have done a LOT of projects with our hardware. One of these people is Stacey from Embracing Change. The other day she wrote to me with yet another project and post which she used our glass knobs on. It got me thinking…how many posts have you done for us? Did I even give you hardware for half of these posts? Don’t I need something to write about on our blog? LOL! So this is the first edition of D. Lawless All Stars! There are several others out there but Stacey is the perfect place to start.

Below I’m just gonna shoot through a nice group of projects using our hardware she’s done over the years as a big thank you to her. She always gives us very high quality photography (the most important thing of course) on beautiful projects. You can click each image to see the full furniture makeover, some of the before and afters are quite impressive!

I had to click “next page” in her site search three times to find the first post she did with our hardware back on January 1st of 2014 on a rustic Amish style cabinet with our mint green glass knobs. From then on the floodgates were open!

Mint Green Cabinet w/ Mint Knobs - D. Lawless Hardware
As I said, floodgates open. Stacey used the hardware I sent her to post for us again three times in the next week!
turquoise dresser 7 - Embracing Change - D. Lawless Hardware
Christmas Cabinet 1 - EC - D. Lawless Hardware
French Provincial Desk 1 - EC - D. Lawless Hardware
No rest for the weary! After a short break Stacey went on another streak with our hardware through February! We have these glass knob photos all over our site and I wish I could find more spots to use them! I love the staging, always great staging!
Rustic black buffet 1 - Embracing Change - D. Lawless Hardware
grey cutie 7 - Embracing Change
grey drysink 1 - Embracing Change - D. Lawless Hardware
blue sofa table w/ glass knobs - D. Lawless Hardware
When going through her furniture makeover posts it’s almost as if you can tell what season it is by her paint choices. After emerging from a cold February of blacks and greys Stacey brought us some nice bright makeover projects as the spring came on.
coral dresser 2 - Embracing Change - D. Lawless Hardware
Custom Coral Desk w/ glass knobs - D. Lawless Hardware
Ana Cabinet 1 - Embracing Change - D. Lawless Hardware
Talk about being highly productive! We are only to May and she’s already completed 10 projects with our hardware and this is only a fraction of the projects she posted overall during this time!
Rustic BLack 2 - Embracing Change
french desk 1 - Embracing Change
Sweet Ironstone Dresser 8 - Embracing Change
Heading into summer and Stacey is still hitting them out of the park! The sign of a true All Star is consistency! 🙂

white Washstand 9 - Embracing Change
White Empire 1 - Embracing Change
Blue Dresser 2  - Embracing Change
vanity end tables 1 - Embracing Change
The work speaks for itself! Now I’m just typing something so that it’s not just a big long string of photos…google likes articles with more text too…
yellow dresser 8 - Embracing Change
French Buffet 1 - Embracing Change
Creamy White Dresser - Benjamin Moore Point Pleasant and D. Lawless Hardware - Embracing Change
All the posts above were just from 2014! WHAT! In the future she may even be inducted into the Hall of Fame, LOL! Here are Stacey’s furniture projects featuring D. Lawless Hardware from 2015 and beyond…
Emma's Pink Table 2 - EC
Shortie 8- EC
Cottage Dresser 2 - EC
Marshmallow Dresser 5 - EC
lucketts dresser 3 - ec
Antique Server Makeover - Embracing Change
Sweet Blue Desk - Embracing Change
Ann Marie's Desk After - Embracing Change
black empire 1
Apron Strings Dresser - Embracing Change
Mora Dresser - Embracing Change
Boxwood Beauty - Embracing Change
The last project was completed just a few days ago and is just as lovely as the rest. It’s been a pleasure working with Embracing Change and we look forward to working together far into the future. Thirty three posts all together and I don’t even think I provided hardware for a good portion of them!

Free Hardware Friday #23


It’s the weekend! Get yourself some knobs! We are giving away as many of the knob below as you need to complete your project if you promise to send us pictures of the project. That’s it, no catches, shipping is free as well!

The rules are the same as every week….

1. E-mail me at the address on the bottom of the post with your name, address, the product number, and how many you need.
2. Please put in writing what you plan to use the knobs for and also give me permission to use your photos to market the knobs. I might put your pictures up on our HomeTalk account, Facebook, or website. If you click our HomeTalk link above you can see a lot of the projects completed by Free Hardware Friday participants over the last couple of months.

For those of you who like to participate just contact Derrick at lawlesshardware (at) gmail (dot) com.

Have a nice weekend!

Today’s knob is simple aluminum knob from Liberty Hardware.
aluminum free hardware friday knob

D. Lawless Advice Featured at NanoRep

I recently got my advice on how to minimize call volume quoted on We love talking to you all of course! 🙂 But that costs us money and we’d be doing a better job if all the information was clearly laid out so you didn’t even have  reason to have to pick up the phone.

That’s pretty much what I told them anyways…I’m about the 7th or 8th entry down. It will be easy to find me because the first 7 bio pics are all people in suits and then I show up with bio pic eating pizza, LOL! I didn’t provide one and she used my google ID…

Decorating with Appliques & Pie Safe Tins

Individual customer projects and professional bloggers alike make great use of our wide selection of appliques and pie safe tins. We are going to take a look at some of the great home decorative projects and well made furniture that has been created from our customers.
mirror applique outline
Appliques first. This piece by customer Marilyn Franks makes great use of our selection of appliques. Creating an outline to the mirror with some of our trim pieces and accenting the top with one of our larger pieces.
valance with appliques
Slightly Coastal creates this French Country wooden valance using our corner and center piece appliques. Painted with an acrylic chalk and brushed up with white these make a beautiful addition to the room.
entry way table
Noble Vintage accents this entry way table with a long floral wood applique. Click over to see the full table and how it was made.
wall hanger organizer
big flower applique
On the Wall at Etsy makes these wood framed jewelry organizers with our wood pegs for utility and a big flower applique for decoration.
applique on mirror
Plum Doodles works on this full length mirror for her master bedroom and finds a way to create something that fits the decor with our large shell splash applique.
Tami from Curb Alert has a furniture makeover for you to check out. The finished product looks terrific with our wood trim for accents.
cabinet pie safe
Onto the pie safe tins, Anne from Design Dreams takes a plain cabinet and turns it into a pie safe in her vintage pie safe cabinet DIY.
pie safe
A customer project by Richard Coulter, used D. Lawless pie safe tins, hinges, and knobs to build a reproduction of an old time pie safe. We would have been proud to sell this piece back in our wholesale furniture days.
pie safe cabinet
Another great piece of cabinetry, from an unknown customer project, this piece looks fabulous and will make an easy resale for the fine craftsmen that made this pie safe.
silver pie safe
Just one of the many classy cabinet pieces that come from This pie safe comes in a forest green blend that really catches the eye.
six panel pie safe tins
I really wish I could give credit to the customer who made this epic 6 panel pie safe. This large piece of cabinetry provides a wealth of space for storage with 3 drawers and plenty of shelving.
That wraps up our look at appliques and pie safes from our fantastic customers. All fine decorators and craftsmen, they really put in the work to creates this great pieces, while we provide the hardware for the accent or proper decorative finishing touches.

D. Lawless Starts a Furniture Restorer and Refinisher Directory

While trying to figure out cheap and effective ways of promoting our website I’ve ended up working with a lot of folks who are also very price conscious themselves. So after working with about the 200th small time refinishing business or hobbyist doing this type of stuff for a few extra bucks, I thought to myself that this must be a very in demand service.

So I google and no one is really helping anyone find a furniture refinisher near them. Bingo! I will now create value in the market place!! Haha. But seriously, I think it’s a good idea and I started using my contacts to create a list of talented individuals that can really take an old piece and turn it beautiful.
The list is just getting going. I’ve got about ten more to add here in a few minutes and I hope to have a huge list soon enough. If you’d like to be included just contact me, Derrick, at lawlesshardware (at) gmail (dot) com.
I’ll be improving and promoting the list in the future but for now the important part is gathering up all the talent!