My love for lucite has grown exponentially over the past few years, and I just love the look of lucite hardware, but not the price. This example below is gorgeous, but not in my budget!
Since so many pieces in our master bedroom are collected from Craigslist and thrift stores, I thought some matching hardware would bring some nice cohesion and add visual impact. The existing hardware on the old armoire and Ikea wardrobes were so underwhelming, so a more substantial pull was definitely in order!
While we did hit some bumps in the road, I am really happy with the finished product. It gives a nice industrial, not-too-serious feel to the old pieces and the “lucite” rods are just beautiful. They also cost just a fraction of what you’d pay for hardware this size, and all of the pieces are really easy to get your hands on. Win win.
Here’s what you’ll need (for 6 pulls):
1/2″ Clear Extruded Acrylic Rod (I got mine on ebay since the shipping ended up being cheaper than on their website)
(12) Galvanized 1/2″ Split Ring Pipe Hanger (They also have these in copper)
(2 pk) 3/8″ Zinc Nylon Lock Nut
(12) 3/8″ x 2″ Hex Bolts
(1) Design Master 231 Gold Medal Metallic Spray Paint (best gold spray paint evaaa)
You’ll need to start by cutting your acrylic rod to size. You can adjust the size of the pull to your needs, which makes this DIY really flexible. We decided on 10″ pulls and cut our rod down using a miter saw with a finish blade. Full disclosure: the cut surface on top and bottom won’t be as clear as the rest of the rod, but that didn’t bother me.
Next, if you so wish, spray paint all of your hardware
Next, we used a Dremel rotary tool to grind two flat notched areas along the rod bolt would sit. This is also where the pipe hanger will be – I think we measure 1″in from each end. The notches are needed for two reasons. 1. The 1/2″ rod is technically smaller than the 1/2″ pipe hanger opening (If you order 1″ rod it might sit nicer in the hardware!) 2. There will be a bolt coming in from the back of the door, through the pipe hanger, making contact with the rod. The small notch helps keep the bolt tight against the rod.
Next, holes were drilled in the doors to accept the 3/8″ bolts. The bolts were then inserted with washers on both sides of the door with the nylon locknut threaded on the outside. The split ring hanger was then threaded onto the end. The flat part of the acrylic rod was then clamped against the bolt by tightening the screw of the split ring hanger.
And voila! All in all, for the 6 pulls, this project cost me $47 since I already had the spray paint. Or, under $8 per pull. Initially, that might sound a bit much, but it’s impossible to find a 10″ lucite pull for under $50 each!
I am loving the new hardware, and the fact that we DIYed it makes it that much more personal.
What are your thoughts on lucite? I’m ready for our next project, I’d love to hear your ideas!