How to Make Cabinet Handles Out of Silverware
Swapping out boring cabinet handles for quirky alternatives adds personality to your kitchen -- but when you purchase them premade, unique pulls and knobs quickly become a costly investment. Make your own with antique or unused silverware that you already have at home. Polish the silver first for a slightly more refined look, or leave the natural patina alone for a rustic touch.
Measure from the center of the spoon or the base of the fork to the end of the handle, and divide this in half. Mark the middle point with a washable marker and repeat this step with each fork or spoon. Measure each one separately for the best results.
Place the silverware right side up on a flat work surface. With one hand, hold down the end of the handle and the tip of the spoon or fork, pressing downward. Hook one or two fingers directly under the middle mark on the handle, and pull upward while holding the ends down, creating a slight curve. As you curve the silverware, the top and bottom will flatten slightly under the pressure.
Repeat this process with each piece. Try to create the same curve with each spoon or fork, but don’t be too meticulous. This style of handle looks best when each is slightly different.
Clean the silverware with white distilled vinegar and water and wipe them dry with a lint-free cloth. Flip the silverware over so it's back side up.
Mark the installation points for two post bases on each piece of silverware. Use the same spacing on each piece of silverware for a cohesive look and easier installation.
Apply a dab of clear multipurpose epoxy to the flat end of a post base. Press this onto the first installation mark, and hold it there for the time recommended by the epoxy manufacturer, generally about 10 seconds. Secure a second base to second installation point. Scrape away excess epoxy immediately.
Repeat this process with each additional pull. Let the epoxy cure completely for about 24 hours.
Install the hardware on your cabinet doors and drawers. Measure from the center of the screw hole of one base to the center of the other. If you can't use the existing holes, drill holes into the cabinet based on these measurements. Then secure each silverware handle with two screws. Even if you spaced each post exactly the same when adhering the posts, double-check the measurements of each one for the best results.
- Some silverware isn’t easy to bend by hand. If this is the case, wear heatproof gloves and place the silverware on a heatproof mat or surface. Warm it with a butane torch. Bend the silverware by hand, and let it cool before handling.
- Knob bases aren’t necessary. Drill holes into two points on the spoon while it rests over a scrap piece of wood. Secure the pulls to the cabinets with short screws.
- Work in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves when using epoxy.
Amanda Bell spent six years working as an interior designer and project coordinator before becoming a professional writer in 2010. She has published thousands of articles for various websites and clients, specializing in home renovation, DIY projects, gardening and travel. Bell studied English composition and literature at the University of Boston and the University of Maryland.
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