Estate Sale Dresser

This darling dresser came from an estate sale just down the street.
I love it, except that it’s knobless. (Is that a word?)
So, let me ask you all, what kind of knobs would YOU put on it?
There’s two places for knobs in the skinny drawer on top, and two places for knobs on the big drawer on the bottom.

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  1. Teacats says

    Perhaps add crystal knobs that would echo your nearby doorknob? And add a tall glass or crystal buffet lamp as well?

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

  2. Handmade Housewife... says

    I recently changed some of our dresser hardware and used the glass reproduction school house knobs. They’re nice, but might be a little large for your piece. I like the crystal knob idea. I’ve also painted knobs before when I found a shape I liked but wanted a different finish. It’s a beautiful dresser…tons of character.


  3. Chris says

    Yup. I was going to say crystal knobs as well. Well, I guess I AM saying crystal knobs. They would be perfect!

  4. Kara says

    I was also gonna go with crystal…or RED. Also they have these great rusted looking knobs at hobby lobby I just saw today and loved, those would look perfect.

  5. Aunt Mimi's Creations! says

    Love you blog! I would say glass knobs. I just bought cute ones at “Hobby Lobby.”

  6. Cherry's Jubilee says

    Love the dresser…what finish or paint color will you do? Always fun to drop by. cherry

  7. Kari says

    I’m new here but coming out to comment on your fabulous dresser. It’s in the perfect state of shabbiness (I think you would be crazy to mess with that perfect finish!)and I also believe that crystal knobs (they even have them at Target) would be perfect and a great juxtaposition against the peely paint finish. Your home is so great, BTW. Can’t wait to see more pictures – very inspirational!


  8. Barbie says

    I just found your blog and LOVE it! It has been such a huge inspiration to me. I would go with the crystal knobs for sure.

  9. Suzan says

    What a terrific find! Originally I believe that came with glass knobs. (My sister has one very similar.)

  10. sarah @ a beachcottage says

    crystal or rust, either would sing! love love love it…good find

  11. Layla says

    Regarding the finish-

    1. It’s perfection. I love it just the way it is, and wouldn’t dream of changing it.

    2. The lady who sold it to me is the one responsible for painting and distressing it. Wish I could take the credit, but not this time! :-)


  12. Deb says

    I love that dresser. We had one very similar to it when we were kids. I wish we had of kept it. I would definitely put crystal kobs on it. Or you could even go with milk glass knobs. What ever you do I’m sure it’s going to look fabulous.

  13. Spymommy says

    My vote echoes the others – this dresser is calling out for some dainty glass knobs! It’s a fab find.

  14. Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ says

    I think it would depend on whether or not I was going to repaint the dresser or leave it as is. I know if I repainted, I may want to go with a crystal or jadeite knob hardware, however, if you leave it like it is, would an antiqued brass look favorable? Glass knob? I know how you tend to stress over pulls (referring to kitchen), I know when you find the right “look” it will be great!

  15. Tara says

    Hi, I am new to your blog, but am so excited. I love your taste in decorating and how sweet your little house is. I am also super duper excited that you are opening a store. but in the meantime can you tell me or us where some of your favorite places to shop are?

    Thanks and keep up the fanastic work and creativity!

    P.S. can I quit my day job! LOL!

  16. Layla says

    Hi Tara!

    Welcome to the Lettered Cottage!

    My FAVORITE places to shop in person are:

    Pottery Barn
    Pottery Barn Outlet
    TJ Maxx
    Home Goods
    Crate and Barrel

    and online:

    Happy Shopping!

  17. Susie Harris says

    Oh… Layla.. Hobby Lobby has some of the greatest knobs… I love them! Maybe some small ones on top and I would go huge on the bottom…I love that piece you have… Paint and all! Great find.. Susie h~

  18. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says

    Layla strikes again! What a wonderful find. And I love it just the way it is too. I think I have to vote for crystal also or even a bronze tone would work. The crystal might show up better though, smaller on the small drawers & larger below.

  19. Diane@A Picture is Worth.... says

    I think crystal knobs would add to the character of the piece! Great find.

  20. DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ says

    I vote with the others….glass or crystal knobs. The finish is wonderful. I just love the blue! Can’t wait to see what you do with it, DebraK

  21. My Beautiful Mess! says

    I also vote for the glass or crystal knobs. What a beautiful dresser!!!

  22. Bugzmommy says

    Hobby Lobby has great old-looking painted chunky knobs…they would look GREAT on that piece. LOVE it!!!

  23. Kelley says

    What an awesome piece…the finish reminds me of a buffet that I have in my Great Room (sort of and, by the way, I posted pictures of that piece on my blog 5/30/08 if you’re interested).

    And to answer your question…crystal/glass knobs…definitely!

    I’m so glad I found your site…I have enjoyed visiting.

  24. Nancy Hood says

    I’m not advising :) as I just know whatever you decide will be exactly what needs to go on it! It’s so utterly charming, Layla.

  25. vintagefb says

    I love this dresser and my vote is with the crystal knobs. I love everything that you have done so far and enjoy your blog so much. Thanks again for inspiring me in my own home…

  26. chriskauf says

    I am seeing something black myself . Wonderful piece, you have such great style.

  27. mama2one says

    I agree with the majority…glass or crystal knobs would look wonderful!!

    Can you please post a picture of your windows/blinds? I know there’s a picture of part of the blinds but a bigger picture would be great. I’m having a blind dilemma and you have such good taste. Thanks!!

  28. Lauren V. Hunter says

    Hi Layla!
    First of all,!!!! What a beautiful dresser!!!!
    Wonderful find! Nice job!!
    Second, when I clicked to leave a comment, i was thinking… “simple clear glass knobs, so it doesn’t detract from the beauty of the dresser, and will blend beautifully…” Then!!! Well…seems everyone else has the same idea!!! It seems great minds think alike!! :)

  29. Chezza says

    I am not sure where you would even look but I am picturing hammered flat backs and then dangly ‘doodads’ for pulls. I am not even sure what you would call them.

  30. Bettsi says

    That dresser is amazing! You lucky girl! I think I would like the glass knobs too.