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Need Some Help Finding This Stuff Please

Hi All. I need some help finding this stuff please. I've Googled it several times over several years but no luck. On the drawer pull attachment, for example, I've even gone thru Rockler's entire hardware section and it felt like they had over 1,000 drawer pulls!

The pulls are on 3 3/4 inch centers. The color is off in the photo but in 'real life' they are gold/brightly polished brass in appearance.

Also on my wife's dresser is a 'gold' strip that is almost mirror like in reflectiveness. This is the second attachment. It's roughly 2 1/4 tall and I would need two pieces totaling about 70 inches long. She wants them replaced, too.

In the days before the internet when you had to order from catalogs, I got some items like wall sconce glass and holders (the catalog had many other things too, like wheels for making toys and the like, if that helps). Well, I've managed to break a couple of her favorite glass on some of them… So the last attachment is an example of one of the 'glasses' (don't know what they are really called) and a 'holder'.

Any and all help will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Try this place.



https://www.meiselwoodhobby.com/


Sometimes they have material others do not.


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the gold colored strip looks like polished brass.
if that is the case, you could remove it and polish it and clear coat it.
if it is gold anodized aluminum, that may be an issue.
there are silver and gold colored mirror foil tapes in the auto store
that will give that very ritzy look to whatever it is applied to.

all the best in maintaining harmony and happiness in your hive.

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It can be very difficult matching pulls like that. I know 3 3/4 is an odd size. One option is to find something close and just replace them all.

Try woodworker.com and search for cup pulls.

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Try this place.
https://www.meiselwoodhobby.com/

Sometimes they have material others do not.

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Thanks for the link. With my bad CRS syndrome, I'm surprised that the name of the place rings a bell. I'm going to 'flip' thru it like it's a catalog just for the old time giggles of it :) If I don't find what I'm currently looking for, I'll probably find some stuff I like anyway.
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the gold colored strip looks like polished brass.
if that is the case, you could remove it and polish it and clear coat it.
if it is gold plated aluminum, that may be an issue.
there are silver and gold colored mirror foil tapes in the auto store
that will give that very ritzy look to whatever it is applied to.

all the best in maintaining harmony and happiness in your hive.

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I would have no idea how to remove it. It doesn't show in the image above but it it is recessed in the trim by (guessing) 1/4" or so. I had my wife show me the 'bad' spots and one feels like a scratch of sorts; definitely on top (outside) of the strip. Another you can't feel at all and kind of looks like the coating on the back of a mirror that flaked off.



I'll play with it a little on the scratch. On the 'flaky' part, I'll see if i can get a decent shot of it as maybe it'll be helpful in determining what it is.
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It can be very difficult matching pulls like that. I know 3 3/4 is an odd size. One option is to find something close and just replace them all.

Try woodworker.com and search for cup pulls.
Ouch, the odd size thing doesn't sound good. I don't remember if I searched Wood Worker or not, so I'll given them a go, thanks.
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I'm glad I don't embarrass easily... It hit me that I don't even know what the handles / pulls are made of. I think I'll pull one off and scratch the underneath to see if it's metal or plastic; I had just assumed they were plastic (and therefor 'cheap' to replace).


That would also allow me to more accurately measure centers.


If metal, I could buff them out and paint them. I guess 'gold' spray paint would work but have no idea what to put on them to protect them. They lasted pretty good in that sense as they are 30+ years old. So I don 't know if a film of sorts was originally applied or not. I don't think just a coat or two of clear would last long...
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When you remove the handles, look for the manufacturer’s name and model number on the back of the handle.
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You could try this

https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=...sclient=psy-ab

All I searched for was "Library Drawer Pulls" on Google

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My wife still wants the 'trim' replaced if possible. Here's a close up of the trim on the bed headrest. Hopefully it helps figure out what it is. The dark circled spot is on the 'inside' of the trim as it is very smooth in that area. If it was damaged on the outside, you'd be able to feel it like you can with some of the scratches.
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When you remove the handles, look for the manufacturer’s name and model number on the back of the handle.
Good idea but nothing found except the word "Taiwan".
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with not being there, I still think it may be polished brass
with the factory clear finish failing - and the brass oxidizing.

I would very carefully try to safely pry it off with different
spatula type tools as not to damage the wood.
if it is impossible to get a pry tool to work, see if you can drill
a hole in the back near the end of the brass strip so you can
push it out with a screwdriver or something.
if it is brass, you can remove the finish with a hot solvent
polish, new clear finish, and reinstall.

ask the missus to look at the gold foil tape in the auto store
and if she approves of that, just clean the existing and stick
on the gold foil tape and call it a day.

(if she doesn't want to go to the auto store, you go buy a roll.
save the receipt, if she doesn't like it, return it for a refund).

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You could try this

https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=...sclient=psy-ab

All I searched for was "Library Drawer Pulls" on Google
I tried your link and expanded the search from there. The closest thing I found, but not close enough, was a handle "on sale" for over $17 USD each (down from almost $25).

That is plain old cost prohibitive.

However, now that I know they are made of metal, I can buff them out. But my wife has so many more important things on her Honey-Do list for me that she said put the handles on the bottom of the list. With 30 handles to do, that means it'll be a long time before I get to that project, LOL.
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with not being there, I still think it may be polished brass
with the factory clear finish failing - and the brass oxidizing.

I would very carefully try to safely pry it off with different
spatula type tools as not to damage the wood.
if it is impossible to get a pry tool to work, see if you can drill
a hole in the back near the end of the brass strip so you can
push it out with a screwdriver or something.
if it is brass, you can remove the finish with a hot solvent
polish, new clear finish, and reinstall.

ask the missus to look at the gold foil tape in the auto store
and if she approves of that, just clean the existing and stick
on the gold foil tape and call it a day.

(if she doesn't want to go to the auto store, you go buy a roll.
save the receipt, if she doesn't like it, return it for a refund).

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I have a good habit of screwing things up... So I'm 'chicken' to try to remove the old stuff. I do like the stick-the-new-stuff-over-the old-stuff idea though.

And you hit the nail on the head about getting her to go with me and look around for a replace item. So I'll make sure whatever I find, I can return.

In case I can't find anything locally (we're fairly rural) do you have a link to what you pictured above?
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the automotive grade foil tape has a pretty tough clear covering
that is designed to stand up to aggressive washings.
so just for a decorative trim inside the home, it should outlast
whatever it is applied to.
easy to cut with an X-Acto knife and straight edge for custom sizes.
it is a very common item where ever auto accessories are sold.
google it: gold foil tape

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