You can make custom designed knobs that will perfectly match the prints and colors you are working on. You create what you want and save some time when you don’t have to hunt down knobs that never seem to be just the right ones, and you can make these in about an hour’s time.
I was given this vintage like storage cabinet from some dear friends of ours. My husband called and said, "I have a surprise for you if you want it." He explained what it was and I said yes because I can't turn down a great piece of furniture. I was so excited when he took it out of his truck. I just screamed, "No way! I love it". He smiled big and told me to have fun.
I love these multi drawer cabinets.
So many things you can use them for and put into.
Needless to say they look awesome.
I wanted to custom design the knobs so I began with asking myself what was I going to use to make it special and one of a kind? I was saving some flower printed papers that I just adore, so I chose several different ones to use for the knobs. I chose a favorite color from each print and matched it to paint the whole piece in.
My design was coming together.
Then I needed my supplies. Here is a list of supplies I used to create my custom knobs.
Curved modeling tool
Pallet for painting on
1 to 1-1/2 inch hole punch
Screws to finish
(Measure your knobs for fit)
I have to say I have my favorites when it comes to making these little beauties. Here are some of them:
· Knobs- There are many wooden knobs for sale in many sizes. Visit and hardware store, Hobby Lobby, Michaels or search the internet for the best buys. 1-1/2 and 1-3/4 are the two common sizes for drawers and pulls.
((SECRET#1) is below)
· Patio Paint- This is in most any craft store, in the painting section. This paint is great to use because it is made for outdoor use, which makes it durable to use for indoor knobs. It comes in many colors.
You can purchase paint tester samples from the hardware stores in just about any color you like. They run about $3.00 each and are about 8oz. (FUN STUFF RIGHT THERE!)
· Top Coat by Sweet Pickins Milk Paint is thinner than some of the other adhesive types which makes it perfect for laying the papers on the top of the knobs to adhere them. This also works great when using tissue papers. It dries to a flat finish, and can be covered with any sealer.
· Crystalac- Is a newer product that is environmentally safe, water clean up , comes in high gloss and satin finishes, and it’s waterproof.
(SECRET#4) This new product is amazing! Intro. just for you.
· I have a favorite brush that I get at Michaels for about $2.99. I grab a hand full when I can. It is a 3/8” Royal brand. They last and are cheap to buy.
Modeling tools are also available at most craft stores.
· A plastic pallet that is sold at most art & craft stores and even the dollar stores.
Then I needed my supplies and found some really cute vintage papers at Hobby Lobby. I chose several for the back plates and the front of each drawer.
I purchased raw wooden knobs.
I painted all my knobs the colors I wanted and matched them to the papers. I used Sweet Pickins Milk Paints for this. You can use the Patio Paint line as well, they work great.
Put one paper on each knob top and press paper down with the palm of your hand to create a curved effect. Lay aside and complete all the papers the same way. Turn upside down for application.
Taking my Top Coat I squirt a bit into the pallet and took a brush full.
NOT too much, but enough to give a good amount to work with.
Spread it evenly over the top.
Take one of the papers and place on top.
Using your thumbs, center the paper so it is even all around starting in the center.
Smooth out the paper as much as possible.
Only go to the inside edge.
Do NOT press sides down yet. Your paper is dry at the stage.
Using your still loaded Top Coat wet brush continue smoothing the paper out to all sides.
The next step you need to make sure the paper is wet and stays wet until the paper is smoothed out as much as possible.
(BIG SECRET#1) Using the sculpting tool, push gently on the edges until they are as flat as possible.
When the edge is down it will be permanent. Creases are set so take your time. Make sure you have all the sides glued down when finished. This takes practice and patience, but worth it in the end.
Using the wet brush, go over the top one more time making it as smooth as you can. Set aside to dry
Once your Top Coat layer is dried you can paint a layer of the Crystalac on the whole knob. You can apply as many coats as you like. This dries quickly and make this project super fun. No waiting for hours.
Place the final coat of Crystalac on the top and let dry.
Here are the pictures for the finished storage cabinet.
It turned out beautiful and it is one of a kind, original!
Finished knobs, back plates and more are available here:
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