DIY Industrial Metal Hardware : Made from Copper

by Laura on February 14, 2013

Oh heavens! These things are so freaking cool. I love love anything industrial, especially when paired with a vintage antique vibe.

The Perfect accessory for the Captain !!

DIY Industrial Metal Hardware

My idea for new hardware came from seeing all the pipe metal being used as hardware, table legs, & shelving.

So off to Home Depot I go…What the heck…metal piping was going to cost about $20 per handle after being built !!&*^*%$#

Well luckily I turned around and beautiful copper piping was staring at me….and for much cheaper!

Supplies To Build Metal Copper Drawer Handle:

*My supplies were located on same aisle as pvc piping/plumbing pipe

(2)  2ft  1/2″ copper piping {this length really depends on how you wide your handles will be }— $ 4.70 each

( 8 )  1/2″ copper end caps —  $. 74 cents each

8  ( 1/2″) copper pipe straps —  $.99 for a set of 2

Total Cost —  $ 19.28 —  $4.82 for each handle! Way better than the $20 handles I was dreaming about.

Other supplies you will need to build them: Pipe Cutter — Saw — Screwdriver — screws — scrap wood

Now after I bought the supplies I’ll admit, I gave it all to MM to build. He’s way more precise and detailed.

1. You can keep these in their fine copper color or paint them. MM painted them in our favorite color , Rust-o-luem Oil Rubbed Bronze in 2 coats. After they had dried a couple of hours, MM sealed them with polyurethane.

DIY Industrial Metal Hardware

2. Build your base that the handles will screw into. We used scrap 3/4 inch plywood to create 4 small squares. MM painted them in Dove White by Valspar.


3. Screw the bases onto your drawer with one single screw in the middle, this will be covered by the pipe. MM also used wood glue for extra strength.

4.  Cut Copper pipe to the length you want using a simple pipe cutter.

DIY Industrial Metal Hardware

5. Assemble your handles by applying end caps to pipe. Place the straps around your piping where you want,

ans screw them into your base you built.

DIY Industrial Metal Hardware


DIY Industrial Metal Hardware

DIY Industrial Metal Hardware

Check out our  \\ DIY Projects // for more inspiration!

XO Laura

Mom February 15, 2013 at 3:42 am

Love the way this turned out. You’ll have to look through Poppy’s scrap copper pile next time you’re home!

Laura February 16, 2013 at 3:27 am

uh oh ! im there :)

Diane @ Me, Him And The Cats February 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Stopping by from the Aloha hop! Those drawer pulls came out great looking!

Laura February 16, 2013 at 3:29 am

thank you !! and thanks for hopping over!

Jan February 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I love these! They are just perfect for The Captain.
But it seems crazy that the copper was cheaper than the metal pipes. Go figure.
You’ve got me thinking about pipe in very creative ways.

Laura February 16, 2013 at 3:30 am

thank you so much!! I know I thought copper wouldve been waaaay more :)

Theresa February 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I love it! I’m not good at stuff like this. I sure wish I was though. Some of my furniture could definitely use an update!

Laura February 16, 2013 at 3:31 am

thank you & practice makes perfect, or just distress it alot to make it look good 😉

bev February 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm

hi, i’m following the “saturday take-away” blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

new follower bev

Laura February 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Thank you bev! following back :)

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