How to Make Rubber Toy Drawer Pulls

Add a playful touch to your kid's dresser with drawer pulls made from repurposed toys.

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Materials Needed:

  • dresser
  • non-shrinking wood filler
  • orbital sander
  • HVLP spray gun
  • rubber gloves
  • respirator
  • high-gloss or lacquer paint
  • reciprocating saw
  • pliers
  • hardened rubber or thick plastic toys
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • drill
  • 3/16" drill bit
  • 1 1/2" wood screws
  • screwdriver
  • spackle knife
  • pencil or marker

Remove Existing Hardware

Use a screwdriver to remove existing hardware from dresser. Fill existing holes with wood filler using a spackle knife. Allow to dry. Note: Filler can also be applied directly with fingertips, but a spackle knife makes the sanding process quicker and cleaner.

Sand Dresser

Use an orbital sander to smooth the filler down and to sand the drawers and dresser body.

Apply Paint

Apply 2-3 coats of lacquer paint to the dresser and drawers while wearing rubber gloves and a respirator. Make a sweeping motion, overlapping half of each previous pass as you work your way across the drawers and dresser body. Keep the spray gun moving to avoid buildup and drips. Let dry.

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