I wanted to replace the hardware and had been looking in the thrift stores to find something that would work for a couple months. I finally found 5 handles for $5 at the New Uses store a couple days ago.
I undid the cording and added the handles. I did have one leftover and will save it in my parts box to use for another project. I would like to repaint the desk at some point but that won't be happening until my daughter moves into her own place. It looks good.