Changing Knobs on a Dresser is an Easy and Quick Update


Give your bedroom furniture a quick update by changing the knobs on your dresser or side tables in minutes.

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Update Your Dresser and Bedside Tables by Changing the Knobs

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This is the first challenge that really only has one option!  Go ahead and find some new or vintage, fun or elegant, pulls or knobs for your dresser, bedside table, chest, or armoire (did I hit one of the pieces of furniture in your bedroom?). 

A bedroom with grass woven headbaord and white and blue bedding.  A navy with white drawers and gold pulls night stand and graphic for how to change knobs on a dresser.
Changing Knobs on a Bedside Dresser

This project is for any bedroom in your house and would be great for something that needs to be updated or at least a little TLC.

A tallboy dark wood dresser with an oyster mirror, woman's bust, flowers, and art on top.
Tall Boy Dresser with Oringal Silver Knobs

Replacing Drawer Pulls

The easiest method is replacing the drawer pulls with the same type of hole as the old ones so all you have to do is remove the old knobs and put in the new ones! I did this with our tallboy dresser. The original pulls were thin and sliver.

I replaced them with solid brass knobs and it instantly made the dresser look higher end and fits into our style better.

A Parisian inspired bedroom showing replacement drawer pulls on a tall wood dresser with gold knobs next to blue and white curtains. The top is styled with a large bird print, aloe vera plant, and a woman's bust.
Tall Boy Dresser with Solid Brass Knob Replacements

I had already planned on changing out the hardware on our mission bedside tables that I had recently painted blue and was thinking about painting the drawer fronts a bright white. After I found 10 gold pulls from Amazon for under $15, I went for it!

A dark blue bedside table with silver pulls.
Mission Style Bedside Table

How to Replace Drawer Pulls with Different Holes

My bedside tables had metal pulls with two holes and my replacement gold pulls only had one. Here’s how to remedy that!

  • Remove the old pulls.
  • Fill the holes with wood putty and let dry.
  • Drill a hole for the new hardware.
  • Sand lightly and wipe away dust with a damp towel.
  • Use touch up paint to cover the holes or find new pulls with a back plate to cover them.
  • Install the replacement drawer pulls.
An udpated bedside dresser with navy and white paint and gold pulls next to a woven headboard.
Updated Bedside Dresser with Paint and Pulls

I really love the contrast of blue and white with the gold pull. It is just the look I was going for!

Navy and purple watercolor gallery wall, bedding, and navy and white bedside dresser with gold replacement pulls.
Bedroom Makeover

I’ve used a lot of navy and purple in our rental house and now the master bedroom feels fresh and updated. How pretty are the side tables with the watercolor art and bedding?

Where to find replacement pulls:

Find all kinds of options at Hobby Lobby, World Market, Amazon, and Anthropologie.

Update Exsiting Knobs on a Dresser

You can also change the appearance of the original knobs with craft or spray paint in a different metal or bright color to give your furniture a facelift and save money. This is a great solution for wood pulls but can work on metal too!

Just seal it with polyurethane and let it cure for at least 3 days to help protect it from dings and scratches.  

I really like these painted knobs from Design Love Fest and a decoupage version of Anthropologie pulls from A Piece of Rainbow.

I did something similar with my son’s dresser makeover and a paint marker!

An easy dresser makeover in a boy's room showing a black dresser wtih blue painted drawer fronts and gold "x"s drawn on the knobs.
Boy’s Dresser Makeover

Now it’s your turn. Do you have a cabinet or dresser that could use new knobs?

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    1. Thanks LeSha! I have been wanting to add the gold ring pulls for a year now, just didn’t want to have to fill holes, sand, and paint. It actually was really easy and only took about a hour.

    1. Oh how I wish I had any of those stores close to me….;( Now, I have to do all of my shopping online. *sigh* Thanks for stopping by and the comment!

    1. Thank you Danita! I love adding special details to decorating. It is such a great way to make things more personal. Thanks for stopping by from SGBG.

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