Magazine article Sunset

A Little Paint Brings Drawer Pulls, Molding, and Poles to Life

Magazine article Sunset

A Little Paint Brings Drawer Pulls, Molding, and Poles to Life

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A little paint brings drawer pulls, molding, and poles to life

These upright wooden citizens all start with the same round head, stubby little arms, and cylindrical bodies of various lengths. After you've painted on their faces and cloths, they can line a mantel, greet guests at the front door, or stand stoically as a child tries to knock them down with a ball.

Their heads are 2 1/4-inch-diameter wooden drawer pulls (about 75 cents each). The arms are 3-inch lengths of 3/4-inch-wide half-round molding (about 20 cents per foot), and the bodies are cut from 1 3/4-inch-diameter closet poles (about $2.50 per foot). In addition, you'll need a 3/8-inch hardwood dowel, 3/16-inch-diameter maple axle pins from a well-stocked wood dealer or lumberyard (or 1 1/4-inch-long #8 round-head woodscrews), sandpaper, and acrylic paint. You'll also need a saw, an electric drill, and bits sized for the dowels and pins or screws.

Start by cutting the pole for the body--ours vary from 6 to 9 1/2 inches in length. …

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