Dressing Up a Hemnes Dresser

Posted by John on February 11th, 2013

So even though my I’ve already mentally started work on our sitting room built-ins, we obviously aren’t done with our daughter’s bedroom.  We still want to add some decor and personalize the room a bit.  Lisa has several little projects planned.  One of those little upgrades we were able to knock out in about ten minutes.  We added some new pink drawer pulls on her Hemnes dresser.

We love the Hemnes line.  It’s clean, bright and pretty versatile.  However, we thought we could dress it up a bit and maybe make it a little more girly.

hemnes dresser

Lisa spotted some pink, clear drawer pulls at Target on sale and quickly snatched them up.  hemnes knobs

Most drawer pulls come out pretty easy.  I don’t really have to go into it… but, since we took the photos and we have a DIY blog… ya know…

hemnes drawer pulls

The new pulls came with their own screws and were roughly the same size as the old hardware.

pink drawer pulls

After they’re installed, they change the feel of the dresser a bit.

pink drawer pulls

We also made sure we had enough pulls for the night stand.

hemnes night stand

hemnes pink drawer pulls

Not too bad right?  Plus it was cheap.  I think the pulls were around $3 for a pack of 6.  Don’t quote me on that.

See that piggy bank?

irish piggy bank

My sister got it for our daughter on a recent trip to Ireland.  It’s head bobbles.  Fun stuff.  My side of the family is equal parts Irish and Polish.  We each sort of favor one background over the other at times… or at least I do.  Anyway, she’s got a few piggy banks.  The other two have her name on it though.

Have you made any custom changes to stock pieces? 


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  • Cute update! The handles really make it the perfect amount of girly! I just swapped our Hemnes night stand knobs a few weeks ago- it really does make a difference.

  • Ooh the pulls are perfect for a little girl!! I've thought about changing ours but I kind of like the ones it came with, is that weird?!

    • Nah that\’s not weird. I like the ones that came with them too.

  • Maureen

    I have these same pulls from Target! I bought the green glass ones, though. Don't you love how they just add something special to the dresser? I put mine on an antique nightstand and they really look like they cost a lot more than they did. Also,I LOVE the Hemnes Collection. So versatile. How is your daughter reacting to her new room?

  • I love switching out knobs to give something a new look…it's so easy and makes such a drastic difference. Great job!

  • How cute are those?! They're perfect for a little girl's room, and if you're right on that price, she got a heck of a deal! 🙂

  • Love those cute little pink knobs! They are adorable!

    I love the little piggy bank too!

  • Those knobs are adorable! One of my favorite things about the Hemnes furniture is that you can update it but it still looks classic.

  • Dave

    Another Hemnes fan here. You didn't mention the #1 thing that I like about the entire Hemnes line: It's wood. Real honest-to-goodness wood. It makes the perfect foundation for upgrade projects, since painting/staining/sanding/cutting/gluing are all still available options.

    • Exactly right Dave! It\’s a quality piece. Particle board isn\’t bad for a little while, but after time it just doesn\’t hold up.