14 Ideas on How to Use Your Bail Pulls

The unique style of brass bail pulls dates back to the late 18th century. Brass bail handles were first created by inserting posts through small drilled escutcheon plates. The utility of these vintage pulls was quickly realized and the style evolved to complement many different styles of furniture in the era. The popularity of these brass bail handles has made a bit of a come back lately and we’re going to feature them today. Multiple styles and sizes provide a great range of choice for your home decor. Let’s get started!
stained cabinet makeover
My Creative Days does an incredible job on this cabinet makeover with stain over paint. She painted our Sheraton style bail pulls to suit the cabinets new look and the result is fantastic.
tanner brown dresser
Just the Woods hand paints this dresser in tanner brown and then glazes it with hardware opulence. The hardware opulence not only makes our ornate bail pulls a unique color, but the dresser as well.
buffet makeover
In this buffet makeover, Vintage Refined, gives a hint of a brown undertone by incorporating dark wax to make for a fabulous finish. She also decided to spray a coat of oil rubbed bronze over our brass french provincial bail pulls.
farmhouse dresser
In this farmhouse style dresser makeover, Anastasia Vintage, made a custom grey-blue chalk paint mix to suit and then fnished it off with clear, dark, and white waxes. The updated hardware comes from our brass bail pull selection.
pink and white nightstand
In her “How to make a nightstand taller” article, Ronda teaches you how to add a platform and decorates it with our brass on ceramic backplate pulls.
green antique dresser
Gray Table Home calls this her Miss Mustard Seed Boxwood Antique Dresser. With our restoration hardware, she changed the finish by painting them with an antique brass finish using Rustoleum spary paint. The style is elegant and vintage all in one.
vintage blue serpentine dresser
From Saw Nail & Paint, comes this beautiful vintage blue serpentine dresser. Using a custom paint job and our incredibly low priced (75 cents) bail pulls this 5 drawer dresser is really pleasing to the eye.
vintage baker secretary
This piece is extraordinary. A vintage Baker secretary put together with so many different pieces it was like a puzzle in the making. A must-see furniture piece from start to finish, we are proud to have provided the bail pulls to add the final touches. Brought to you by
The Painted Drawer.
raphael dresser

Designs by Studio C has this fantastic raphael dresser with our hardware featured for the pulls. The pulls started out as brass, but they were spray painted in coral to go with the new dark brown stain.
wood nightstand
Design Dreams by Anne has this stunning nightstand complete with bail pulls. The piece came together from a nifty little project of Anne’s.
desk makeover
Lilacs & Longhorns has this cute desk makeover. The desk started out looking pretty rough, but using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Coco and a good bit of labor made this piece quite fashionable.
grain sack dresser
Meet Tug, the grain sack dresser. Danielle, from Finding Silver Pennies, took an old pine dresser from the 1890’s and produced this fine furniture piece.
mint green dresser
Live Love DIY primed, painted, and added our brass hardware spray painted in silver for this piece. The entire makeover is a must-see from humble beginnings to a stylish ending.
blue cabinet makeover
In My Own Style, mixes two finishes, Plaster of Paris and Calcium Carbonate Powder, to make this truly unique hue. Add some new bail pulls and you have some wonderful before and after photos to share over at her blog. 
Now that you’ve seen the potential our bail pulls have to add that final touch you’re looking for, come on over to D. Lawless and check out our selection of bail pulls, in a range of sizes and styles for that perfect fit.

Free Hardware Friday #15 – Brass Brass Brass!!


Today for Free Hardware Friday we have a few brass plated knobs from Amerock and Liberty Hardware. The promotion today is the same as every week. To get as many of these knobs as you need for your project totally free just do the following:

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.
That’s all! No catches. Here’s today’s knobs!

The first knob is about as simple as they come. A bright polished brass 1 1/4″ round knob from Liberty Hardware.

This bundled reed brass plated knob is 1 3/16″ in diameter and the brass is a standard polished brass like the knob above. We just have a bad picture and that’s where you come in!!
This little 1 3/16″ polished brass hub cap style knob has a mid century modern look and is from Amerock Hardware.
I look forward to hearing from everyone!!

Please write me at lawlesshardware @ gmail dot com to participate!

Brass & Blue All Over!

Being in the hardware business and working with so many interior decorators, furniture artists, and kitchen designers we are exposed to a wide variety of ideas and concepts. Over time we start to notice trends and our best business strategy is to see a trend and meet that trend’s need. We’ve had great success with this strategy over time. Most notably our label holder selection which came out of the ongoing faux card catalog trend. We noticed the trend and met it’s needs by supplying label holders well under a dollar so everyone could complete their project with a reasonable budget.

One of the newer and still under the radar trends I’ve noticed building steam over the last year or so is the mix of brass with all shades of blue. When working with bloggers or individual furniture makers I used to never get requests for brass hardware going back 5 years. But now it’s becoming more and more common for me to sell or give brass hardware and then see it tagged in a post used with navy blue or a light blue. I think it gives furniture and kitchens a unique and refreshing look so I decided to share some of the beautiful examples of brass and blue that D. Lawless has had the pleasure of providing hardware for.

The first example comes from Batchelors Way and we get pictures via a small girl’s bathroom makeover. The post also includes a simple tutorial on how to spray paint cabinet doors.

Brass Hardware & Blue Cabinets - Batchelors Way

The next one features beautiful navy blue and white kitchen with brass hardware from Rain on a Tin Roof! The article is part of a full home tour and is really worth a look. The kitchen is really unique with the mixing of the white upper cabinets and blue lower cabinets. The brass is the kicker!
Navy Blue & Brass Kitchen - Rain on a Tin Roof
Next we move into some furniture makeovers showing off the brass and blue look with a small nightstand makeover at Paper Daisy Design. This cute nightstand uses a soft “Sedona” brass and a light blue. Don’t you just love the gold (brass) trim?
Blue & Brass Nightstand - Paper Daisy Design
The next piece is from Finding Silver Pennies and has greatly contributed to our lion head ring pulls becoming extremely popular in the DIY blogging world! This one is truly a beauty!
Blue & Brass Dresser - Finding Silver Pennies
The next project takes a plain old TV stand and turns it into a bright blue drink cart with the help of some brass hardware. Check out the full project at The Chronicles of Home!
Brass & Blue Drink Cart - The Chronicles of Home
Now we’ll move into some off blue colors and some antique and brushed brasses just to give a little taste of how many different options you have when mixing brass hardware with blue paint. The first example is from Primitive & Proper and uses General Finishes Persian Blue paint and brushed brass from our store on this lovely mid century modern sideboard.
Brass & Blue Mid Century Sideboard - Primitive & Proper
Mixing it up again we have this brilliant blue corner curio from In My Own Style. Diane definitely has her own style and this project really shows it off!
Antique Brass & Blue Corner Curio - In My Own Style
From bright to dull? Why can’t I think of a better word than “dull?” These matching French Henredon  tables are anything but dull! These two beautiful pieces come from The Painted Drawer and works restoration brass in with a eggshell blue wonderfully!
Brass & Blue French Henredon Tables - The Painted Drawer
There are countless other examples from around the web. This is just a start! Thanks for reading and please click through to see the full projects!

Free Hardware Friday #12 – Brass!


Free Hardware Friday is here again and this time with a classic brass cabinet knob! Here’s the knob and instructions to participate are below. Thanks!

If you wish to participate e-mail me at lawlesshardware @ gmail (dot) com and include…

1. Your address
2. The product number and quantity of pull you need. You can follow the links to our site for the product number. This makes it easy for me to copy and paste the orders in.
3. A promise to take photos of the project you used the knobs on and send them to me. I would like a closeup of the knob and a shot of the whole project for perspective. (Please do this as quickly as possible, low picture return rates are the ONLY thing that will stop this promotion from going forward all year)
4. Written permission to use your photography to promote our products. I might post your photo on our HomeTalk page, on this blog, on a product page, or the like. I will give credit to you or your business when using the photos.
5. Optional, but appreciated. A social media tag and/or mention us to someone!

Looking forward to it everyone!

Brass Lion Head Pulls on a Tricylce Buffet at Brepurposed

We’re thrilled to see such a great usage of our lion head ring pulls at Brepurposed on this buffet painted up with Tricycle Paint by Miss Mustard Seed! The before and after is amazing for a buffet that she picked up for $40!
We have a great price on the ring pulls and when you click through to the full article you can see some really nice photos of their quality. 

Brass Cup Pulls on a Soft Grey Nightstand at LiveLoveDIY!

Virginia at Live Love DIY was one of the earliest bloggers we worked with and some of her posts really propelled us into working more and more with DIY blogs and others that could really show off how great some of our hardware can look on the right piece.

The piece below is an IKEA hack that turns out amazing by simply adding personally chosen hardware and painting the plain old cabinet after it comes out of the box. You can click through to the full DIY by clicking the blog name above and you can click right here to see the pulls Virginia used.

IKEA Hack - Live Love DIY - Brass Cup Pulls

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