How to Install Side Mount Drawer Slides

There are three main types of drawer slides including two different styles of bottom mount slides (one type mounts to each side of a drawer box and the other type mounts directly in the center bottom) and side mount slides.
In addition to the different types of drawer slides, there are also many different styles – ball bearing, soft-close, slides with nylon wheels and the style I will use in this example. 
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I have a love/hate relationship with drawer slides. They can be really easy to install or they can be really difficult to install. This particular style, in my opinion, is the easiest to install by far! I came across them by accident and when I opened the box, I immediately expected them to be difficult but they weren’t! In fact, I still had a smile on my face when I finished installing them, ha ha!
One of the things I love about this style is the lever stops at the front of the cabinet-side slide. This keeps the drawer from being pulled out and also makes it easy to remove the drawer.
To install these slides, mount the drawer-side portion of the slides with the wheel at the back end of the drawer. The little framing piece (where the wheel is located) will be flush with the bottom and back end of the side of the drawer. Insert one screw in one of the holes in this area. Measure from the bottom of the slide itself to the bottom of the drawer and make sure the front portion of the slide (without the wheel) measures the same distance. Insert the remaining screws.
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Now, align the cabinet-side pieces (the wheel will be at the front of the cabinet and will face up) with the stretcher that corresponds with the drawer. I located mine 3/4″ back from the front edge to allow for the inset drawer front. Make sure the side is level and insert the screws.
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install a side mount drawer slide
Slide the drawer in…That is all there is to it!
how to install side mount drawer slides
Here is a secret trick – if an oddball length of drawer slide is needed (my project needed slides that measured 11-1/2”), it is easy to cut the ends (opposite the wheels) off with a hacksaw! Super-easy, right?

Acrylic Knobs as Good as Glass

We have an amazing line of glass knobs, but sometimes you’re looking for something that fits the budget. Our line of acrylic knobs can help out in the budgeting department. Durable and aesthetically pleasing, these knobs come in all shapes and sizes. You’ll surely find the perfect fit for your home decor.

pumpkin acrylic knobs
valspar ship shape desk
Embracing Change uses our pumpkin shaped acrylic knob with chrome base on her refinished and freshly painted, in Valspar’s Ship Shape, desk.
antique brass base acrylic knob
white floating girl chest
Anastasia Vintage, in the floating girl inspired chest of drawers, adds the final touch with our diamond cut antique brass base acrylic knobs.  
satin nickel base acrylic knobs
buffet with glass and acrylic
Vintage Refined makes over a buffet, combining our glass pulls with our acrylic knobs. They fit together effortlessly and provide an elegant look.
dresser trippy design
Design Asylum makesover a dresser with a new custom made trippy design that includes our acrylic knobs as the final accent.
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pennsylvania house nightstand
Number Fifty Three puts a new paint job on this Pennsylvanis House nightstand using a foam roller for a smooth finish. We’re glad she chose our acrylic knobs to make this piece picture perfect. 
brass acrylic knob
black side table
This black beauty side table makeover from Whats Ur Home Story features snazzy drawer l
iners and diamond cut brass base acrylic knobs.
We hope these pictures help illustrate that acrylic really can look just as good as glass. Please check out our entire selection at D. Lawless acrylic knobs.

Small Business Partner: Furniture Chic

It’s always a delight to meet our customers and see the work they are doing through social media. Internet sales is usually so anonymous and faceless that it’s quite refreshing to interact with the person on the other end! Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Kim from Furniture Chic over Facebook and she shared a whole string of beautiful furniture makeovers she’s done over the last year and many of them are using our hardware.

Kim does all of the sanding and prep work herself because she refuses to let someone have buyer’s remorse over her pieces. Kinda like us! We can’t stand it if someone is dissatisfied and it’s great to partner with others that feel the same way!

Furniture Chic is out of Lenoir City, TN and really does amazing work. Kim is a true artist having gone to college for Art Education and also taught Art Education for 10 years! Here’s a quote from her Facebook page about her work,..

“I have refinished my own furniture and furniture for friends for over 17 years, but wanted to branch out and have more of a creative outlet. I use an old school method of refinishing and painting since I prefer to sand or strip and paint with oil or latex paints. I also seal with a polyurethane or a polycrylic sealer. I thank God every day. He has opened this door. I have met and made so many new fabulous friends!”

She’s does beautiful work and it speaks for itself so I’ll just post a bunch of it up below. Check out her Facebook page and remember to check with her if you are in the Lenoir City or Knoxville area and have pieces that need refinishing. With further ado…

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She does wonderful work with our appliques! The paint job on the scrolls is beautiful!

D. Lawless Local Deal – Bulk Screws

Attention all local builders!

We recently got in a big truck load of bulk #10 polymer plated exterior deck screws. These are star drive and our price totally destroys the normal hardware store price.

Deckmate #10 x 2-1/2 in. Star Flat-Head Wood Deck Screws (5 lb.-Pack)

We’ve got 20 pound boxes of 2″, 2 1/2″, & 3″ screws for $50. These same screws run $24 for 5 pounds at Home Depot. Get em while they last local dealers!

Too heavy to ship, it ruins the great deal, so you must pick up in store.

How to Install and Use Inside Corner Braces

There are several different types of corner braces such as inside corner braces, flat corner braces and “L” braces. All of these types of braces serve the same purpose – to keep boards secured in a square or rectangle keeping them even or “square”.
I had the opportunity to use a set of inside corner braces when building a stool. There are screw holes in the two sides (which will allow the user to secure the braces to framing) as well as in the flat, triangular top (to secure a top or seat). The inside corner braces are really, really easy to install. For this demonstration, I am showing how I installed the inside corner braces on the stool frame then attached the top.
How to Install Corner Braces - D. Lawless Hardware
So, I have the stool frame assembled which includes legs and aprons. In order to use the inside corner braces, the aprons have to be directly perpendicular to each other on the inside of the legs.  I used #6 x 3/4” wood screws and secured the inside corner braces in each corner where the aprons are joined to the legs.
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Then, I positioned the frame on the underside of the seat and secured the seat to the frame with the #6 x 3/4″ screws through the flat, triangular top portion of the brace into the seat. Super easy!
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The inside corner braces would be used on the framing and top of a table in the same manner. They could also be used on the top portion of a box or trunk (without securing them to the top or lid) which would help support the corners if the top or lid is heavy.
Uses for other braces such as flat corner braces and “L” braces can also be decorative. They can be spray painted and used on photo or mirror frames, or as a decorative element on chair or table legs. They can also give an “industrial” look to furniture projects!

Free Hardware Friday #26


Forgot it was Friday! Pleasant surprise when I realized, haha! Here’s the knob for this week. The picture isn’t the best and we need  yours! It is a nice little knob though and has a nice Venetian bronze finish.

Open to all comers, no catches! I’m trading knobs for pictures of your projects.

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!

Moss Avenue Antiques & Collectibles Festival

I had the pleasure of visiting the Moss Avenue Antique Sale & Festival in Peoria, IL this past weekend as it was just a few blocks from my house and it had all sorts of awesome “junk’ and antique for sale. I always need something to write about and this seems right down our customer’s alley so I figured I’d just post up all the photos I got from the event.

Moss Avenue is a beautiful historic street up on the first Peoria bluff. The houses are true old style beauties and all their enormous front yards were filled with booths from local antiquers and furniture dealers. Quite the event and definitely worth the trip again next summer! I’ll give a brief explanation of some of the pictures, but most are self explanatory. I’m sorry to the businesses I don’t mention but I was having a good time and didn’t get a chance to match up the names with the booths…next year I’ll be prepared!

Moss Avenue Antiques Festival - Peoria, IL
Moss Avenue Antique Festival - Peoria, IL
Beautiful historic houses up and down the street!
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Historic Peoria IL Home - Moss Avenue - D. Lawless Hardware

And now back to the antiques and collectibles! Again, I wish I could tag all these wonderful local businesses but I was derelict in my duty…

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You gotta dig for the good stuff!

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All sorts of American brand memorabilia from way back! I love these to rivaling benches made from old Chevy and Ford truck parts!

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Ford Bench - Moss Avenue - Peoria IL - Lawless Hardware

There were lots of handmade jewelry vendors and people doing beautiful furniture makeovers. Lots of the business were even taking custom orders from customers throughout the day so it’s a great event for finding local talent to redo your piece for you.

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Right in the middle there is this beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright house! You can really tell it’s his architecture and I’m told there are actually three Wright house in Peoria.

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Trinkets, jewelry, and “junk!”

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The whole street is absolutely beautiful on both sides as you can from the next few shots. They even had live music on a couple of the porches up and down the block.

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Moss Avenue - Peoria IL - Lawless Hardware

Overall it was a great time and I’m looking forward to attending next year and documenting the small businesses better. I did have the opportunity to meet several which I hope to be work
ing with in the near future. See you there next year if you are in the area, it’s worth the drive and remember that the early bird gets the worm! We got a couple nice pieces, one from Modern Mutations, but a lot of dealers were closing up as we didn’t get there til too late!

Back in Black: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Dressers, Chests & More

Back in black. Today we are going to show off some of our blogger and customer projects featuring black as the primary color.

vintage black dresser
A very unique dresser is featured with our clear glass knobs from Embracing Change. If you click over to Stacey’s site you can see a number of other equally elegant dressers showing off a range of colors and styles.
side table makeover
This chalk black side table makeover receives an added touch of class with our acrylic diamond knobs on each drawer. Not to mention the fabulous bottom liners adding the extra pizzazz. To work on your own side table see how it is done at Whats Ur Home Story.
diy bar tray
This high-class DIY bar tray at Mingissiyeva & Co. has a snazzy brass and black color match that really stands out. D. Lawless is proud to have provided the small assist of the brass corner protectors in this piece.
black kitchen makeover
In her fabulous kitchen renovation, Betsy from My Five Men, decided to go with black over white. This new sleek look and fresh kitchen tells me she made the right choice. And we can’t forget to mention that the finishing touch of hardware has been added with our stainless steel bar pulls.
bathroom makeover
Ask Anna Moseley goes from pink to black in her guest bathroom makeover. Our matte chrome cup pulls add a delicate accent to the finished cabinetry. You’ll be even more amazed when you check out the bathroom step by step start to finish. 
black office desk
Virginia, from Live Love DIY, in her office makeover, highlights the room with a black refinished desk. From a 1970’s look to a more modern style this office now has a stand out fabulous look.
vintage armoire
This vintage armoire doors cabinet from My Repurposed Life really comes to life from scratch from our friend Gail. The black and gold creates a true uptown feel that will make a great wall cabinet to be placed in any room’s decor.
black bathroom refinish
This black bathroom refinish features our traditional minaret and polished chrome knobs to make a beautiful accent to the cabinetry. Elisha, from Pneumatic Addict, does an incredible job with this piece and you’ll be amazed by the before and after photos.
big black dresser
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ses our antique brass cup pulls to top off a wonderful buffet makeover. Shannon did an incredible job and makes our hardware look fantastic on the new dresser.
library card catalog
Twice Lovely shows you how to make a faux library card catalog from an old dresser. In a dull black, this piece features our own line of brass label holders.
black nightstand
A pair of nightstands refinished in lamp black milk paint with emerald and silver knobs to accent from The Weathered Door.
vintage desk makeover
Not an exact black, but Fired Earth paint by Valspar, looks amazing on this vintage desk. Number Fifty Three does a tremendous makeover on this desk and includes our white milk glass knobs for the final touch.
five drawer chest
A tall five drawer chest complete with eccentric accessories offers plenty of room for storage. Check out the tall chest repurpose from an old white to a new off black look with our antique copper label holders over at My Repurposed Life.
black bamboo dresser
Brass and a high gloss black look fantastic together. The big brass ring pulls really look stunning on this faux bamboo dresser reveal from Goodwill Glam.

Free Hardware Friday Coupon – 6/10/16

Hello, I know I’ve cancelled Free Hardware Friday several times lately, but I’ve got to suspend it one more week as I’ve got family coming in very shortly and it’s one of those things that needs attention all day long with all the participants. So to save myself the trouble I am just posting a coupon that will be good until we are back next Friday with another free product.

Use coupon code “FHF” for 10% off any order. Coupon is good until the start of Free Hardware Friday next week.

Have a great week everyone!

Design a Corkboard w/ a Wood Frame

This large, decorative corkboard is the perfect piece for leaving notes or displaying photos or artwork. The wood frame is easy to build and features a scrolling applique at the top.

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·         2’ x 4’ piece of corkboard
·         Adhesive such as Liquid Nails
·         Birch Wood Appliqué
·         1/2″ brad nails
·         1-1/4” pocket hole screws
·         Wood glue
·         Paint or stain/sealer
Tools Needed:
·         Miter saw or Circular saw
·         Drill
·         Pocket hole jig
·         Pneumatic nailer with compressor
·         3 – 1×3 at 4’
·         1 – 1×6 at 4’
·         1 – 4’ x 8’ sheet of ¼” plywood
Cut List:
·         1 – 1×4 at 31” – Frame
·         1 – 1×6 at 31” – Frame
·         2 – 1×4 at 48” – Frame
·         1 – ¼” plywood at 27-1/2” x 50” – Back
Step One
Cut the pieces for the frame. With the pocket hole jig set for ¾” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the longer 1×4 pieces. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
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Step Two
Cut the piece for the back. Secure the back over the back side of the frame using glue and ½” brad nails.
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Step Three
With the frame facing right side up, spread adhesive on the back and position the corkboard on top. If necessary, clamp in place.
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Step Four
Secure the appliqué to the top of the frame using glue and ½” brad nails. 
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Finish as desired. Add hanging wire or a large sawtooth hanger to the back.