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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

D. Lawless Hardware Friends - Nobel Prize Winners Edition

December 10th is the annual Nobel Prize awards ceremony. And while neither me nor any of our friends here have won the Nobel Prize for physics like Marie Curie, we did team up to create some really beautiful pieces of furniture!

Today I've featured a group of projects that all came in this month so far. I am hoping to start featuring the work from our Facebook group in the blog more often, so be on the lookout!

First up, we just got in a wonderful dresser makeover with our milk glass pulls from Simply Rustic!

dresser with white milk glass pulls

This one of a kind custom job using some knobs from our Cyber Monday sale was posted by the talented Ty at Call Me TLC.

custom painted furniture makeover

The distressed edges and the copper knobs look fantastic on this piece from Tuned Up Treasures!

rustic dresser with antique copper knobs
This one of a kind lingerie dresser with our nickel label pulls is fantastic! Thank you Eclat Designs by Crystin!

lingerie cabinet with nickel labels

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Goodbye Dear Friend: Carnival Glass Knobs

We are sadly retiring this cobalt blue carnival glass knob...

Cobalt Blue Carnival Glass Knob - 1 1/4

It was part of our Depression Glass Collection and was a D. Lawless Hardware exclusive product that we went to substantially too much trouble to develop, haha! It matched our vintage glassware selection in the back and we thought it was a cool thing to do to make something that had never been make before. Well, it took us seven or eight years to sell the first batch and we aren't renewing them.

If you bought and used these, then you have some of only 1,000 blue carnival glass knobs to ever exist! Take care of them!

We still have the blue carnival glass pulls and both the carnival glass knob and pull in the pink carnival glass. But once they are gone, they will never return either.

Pink Carnival Glass Knob - 1 1/4

Pink Carnival Glass Knob - 1 1/4

We will continue to create new, 100% unique products moving forward, but we'll take our chances coming up with something that sells a little better! If you like them so much you want 500 of them then we've got it figured out how to make them, just let us know! lol!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Trending Hardware Finish: Soft Brass

For awhile I thought that brass was making a comeback, but what's happened over the last few years is that instead of brass fully rising to it's former glory, kitchen designers and professionals have been using minor variations of brass like champagne bronze, gold, or soft brass.

Soft brass is the perfect option for home owners that like the look of brass, but what to avoid the flash and possible over the top shine in kitchens with a lot of hardware. Soft brass knobs and pulls give the color without the shine and the result is fantastic and much more versatile than bright brass.

We were lucky this week to work with Jamin and Ashley of The Handmade Home on a wonderful two tone kitchen and dining room makeover. In their design they chose the soft brass Octo pulls from Liberty Hardware and they look fantastic on both the white cabinets and the light blue island.

soft brass kitchen design

kitchen makeover with soft brass

Picture are the 128mm pulls but they also come in a dual mount 3"/3 3/4" and there is of course the matching knob.

kitchen island with soft brass

brass hardware

two tone kitchen with brass hardware

We also have some more great shots of this soft brass hardware from Jamie Jo Williams. What a beautiful white kitchen!

farmhouse style ktichen with brass hardware

soft brass knobs in white kitchen

white kitchen with soft brass hardware

Monday, October 28, 2019

D. Lawless Historical Tidbit

Before D. Lawless Hardware, Dave Lawless tried many things in his life. He was an English major but that didn't pan out to much. After college he did a lot of things from sandblasting to building furniture. Something not many people know though is that he took a shot at producing and promoting a product similar to orange paint stripper product so many painters use to clean off their hands and body after a job.

He did so much painting (after sandblasting) that he needed his own non-toxic option for paint removal. This was back before there weren't many options other than just using lacquer thinner on your hands...

Dave Lawless' product was blue and named "People Stripper." There are still a few bottles around but this now defunct product is a part of D. Lawless history. Here are a few shots of my father out in Las Vegas at a product convention. He had a local news feature where he covered his body in paint and used People Stripper to remove it.

Here he is getting sprayed down by my Uncle Duane for the cameras!

Dave Lawless & Duane McCommons - People Stripper

Vegas Product Show

Dave getting sprayed

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Video Tour of D. Lawless Hardware with Derrick Lawless

I made this walk through several months ago after being asked by some of my furniture business partners and I realized I hadn't put it on the blog. I talk about the store, a bit of D. Lawless history, and show off our large "smalls" inventory.

Our brick and mortar store in Olney, IL has a large and very nice showroom as well as all sorts of smalls and knick knacks from vintage glassware to old advertising tins. Conveniently located two hours from STL, four hours from Chicago, three hours from Indy, and four hours from Nashville! HAHA!

I probably should have shaved before the video...but what's done is done...

Monday-Friday 9-5 if you are in the area. We would love to see you!