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TIP OF THE WEEK: April 28, 2017 – Did you know? You can make your own drawer knobs.
It has been awhile since my last tip. Sorry. I’ve been a little busy with Easter, grands, and painting. But this tip got me back in the saddle again, so to speak.
I have pretty much been obsessing all day today about drawer knobs. I started my latest painting project last night – a 13 drawer chest. Yes 13 drawers! I couldn’t wait to start on this and have been thinking about drawer knobs and pulls for several weeks now.
Here’s a little sneak peek of my beauty in progress.
Stain/Painted Drawers: Different pastel hues
But back to my obsession. 13 drawer = 23 knobs. I thought at first I would like handles, but that just didn’t seem right, plus I didn’t want plugged holes and didn’t want to drill new ones. So, then I moved onto – glass knobs. I wanted something light and possibly beachy looking (rather than boring old wooden knobs). However, I’m cheap and didn’t want to pay more than $1 for them and I wanted them NOW. Did I also mention I’m IMPATIENT when I want something?
So, I went to my friendly facebook group on painting furniture (Painted Furniture Before and After Questions and Answers). That name about says it all, doesn’t it? If you are a painter of furniture, you really should join this group. It is very helpful. I think there were over 50 posts back and forth over my question on where to buy cheap glass knobs. Lots of ideas and inspiration was shared – so much so I started rethinking what I wanted. Someone mentioned Sea Glass spray paint. That was a great idea. I’ve heard of that. Then I wondered if it would work on porcelain knobs because I had quite a few of them. Not enough, but could get more cheaper than glass. But I still wasn’t entirely sold on that idea. In the back of my mind, I’m thinking that I’ve seen actual (or fake) sea glass pieces. So now my obsession is moving toward that idea. I couldn’t see myself gluing sea glass to the top of a wooden knob, though. So, I was stuck there for awhile.
I went back to painting drawers and all the while I’m looking around the shop area thinking what could you use for a bottom so that a screw would go into it. Of course, nothing jumped out at me. So, it was back to Google.
I think I started searching using sea glass spray paint on porcelain knobs and saw a link that said “make your own drawer knobs” so I tried that. The big Pinterest pic showed a decoupage look on a wooden knob so I didn’t go there (yet). I just started scrolling down. Wow! I hit the drawer knob jackpot. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/527413806331630014/
But there it was – Make your own Drawer Knobs. I clicked on the link and what do you know…..you can use something to make the bottom of a drawer pull. Here’s the link to the website: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/337840409518371097/
The piece you need is called in hardware terms, a connector nut or connector cap. Who knew?
So, for now, my obsession is on finding these connector caps and seeing how expensive they are and maybe buying some pieces of real (or fake) sea glass. Or maybe check more into the sea glass spray paint.
Decisions. Does everyone obsess over something so simple as drawer knobs when painting? If so, I hope I have helped you in your search. I saw this meme the other day in one of my groups. I’m sorry I don’t know if the person cited is the original creator or not, but it is perfect. I think it sums up my feelings about all this redefining furniture and turning it into one of a kind “masterpieces.”