As a public service to my friends and family, I have vowed not to complain about the weather any more this winter, even though I have officially been diagnosed with a severe case of “Vortex Fever.”
OK, one quick complaint: For the last two months, the usually bountiful alleys of Chicago have been hibernating under a foot of snow and ice.
But remember that scavenging in the alley isn’t just about dragging home the big-ticket items. It’s about picking the useful bits of hardware off of the hopelessly irreparable home goods: the wooden legs off a soiled couch, the casters off of busted kitchen cart, the drawer pulls off of a warped particleboard dresser.
Generally, I don’t believe in aspirational hoarding.* I’ve got three kids and a husband with rather complicated hobbies; there’s just no space for it .
But, there’s always room for drawer pulls.
Yesterday I was stretching on the floor of the living room. Stretching is a necessary but boring activity that usually results in me noticing something I don’t like about my living room. This time, I was struck by how “IKEA-looking” our EXPEDIT shelving unit looked.
I’ve managed to replace most of the most “IKEA-looking” wares in our house with lovingly-restored vintage items from Craigslist or the Thrift store. But this shelf will be with us for a while, because there’s no where else to put the books and toys, and also I’m not sure how to get this beast out of the house.
Damnit! I thought, pounding my fist to the floor. There’s got to be a way to make this particleboard monster more charming. Suddenly, between the hamstring stretch and the sciatic nerve slides, I realized how easy it would be to replace these cheesy IKEA chrome door and drawer pulls:
After rooting around in my scavenged hardware collection, I found this little container of slightly clownish – but otherwise adorable – drawer pulls, most likely pulled off an old dresser back in the Fall, when the alleys were still plentiful:
This project (if you can even call it that) is so easy that I don’t want to insult you with instructions. But just in case you like being insulted, here you go:
STEP THREE: Just kidding. You’re done. Lay down on your living room rug and admire your slightly more charming EXPEDIT bookshelf.
* Aspirational hoarding: Collecting stuff that you have no use for in the present, but “might” need sometime in the future. This activity is strongly discouraged.