It’s my favourite time of the month again… time for the Thrifty Chicks project challenge. Yay!
On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.
If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.
I can’t wait to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s hardware challenge. You’ll find links to their projects at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out all the fabulousness!
But first I’ll share my hardware project with you, which I’m so excited to say is decoupaged knobs.
Why am I so excited about decoupaged knobs?
Because about 3 years ago I found two vintage dressers and I combined them with some bifold doors to create two dresser shelving units for the master bedroom.
My poor naked dressers have been without knobs ever since. I’ve been waiting for just the right ones to find me, and they finally did!
I’ve included a list of supplies that I used for this project near the end of this post so be sure to check it out.
Here are the fabulous vintage knobs that I found. Sixteen for a whopping $3. I really couldn’t believe my luck.
I knew when I saw them that some wonderful person had donated them to the thrift store just for me to find them.
Thank you wonderful person… whoever you are.
They’re porcelain or ceramic and have a very nice weight to them.
The gold circle is lovely and I thought it would make a perfect outline for a floral.
How To Create Decoupaged Knobs
Decoupaging knobs is not hard, but there are a lot of steps.
First you have to find a graphic that you love. Mine is this french floral design that I used on my reverse decoupaged chandelier crystal ornaments.
I printed out a bunch of them the size that I needed on a couple of sheets of ordinary copy paper.
Here’s a close up of the design. Isn’t it pretty?
It’s from the Graphics Fairy and you can find it here.
Then I needed something circular that was just the perfect size so the floral would fit inside the gold circle.
No freehanding circles for me. Now that would pretty much be a disaster. lol.
After hunting around and coming up empty I found the perfect thing in my coin-heavy wallet. When the powers that be retired our $1 and $2 bills a few years ago and changed them into loonie and toonie coins they really weren’t thinking about us ladies and our purses.
But hey, for once I was happy about all this coinage because I discovered that a toonie was the perfect size. Who would’ve thought a $2 Canadian coin would save the day.
I did two sheets of circles to make sure I ended up with enough good ones after I cut them out.
Which wasn’t as easy as it sounds. At least not for me. lol.
I’m sure it would be a lot easier for you, but I must have cut out twice as many as I needed.
But that’s ok, because I ended up with sixteen perfectly good enough cut outs.
It’s actually better if they’re not perfectly perfect because it gives the decoupaged knobs a more hand done look.. which I prefer.
Perfection is highly over-rated and should be tossed to the wind.
Applying Graphic for Decoupaged Knobs
To apply my floral graphics to the knobs I put a light coat of Mod Podge on the back of the paper only.
While I have to say that I do love Mod Podge, in this case too much is not a good thing.
The graphic will just slide around on the knob and the paper could get way too wet and start tearing.
After placing my graphic, I smoothed it down with my hand inside a plastic sandwich bag.
For me this method just seems to work better than using my bare fingers.
Here’s a before and after when I was half way done.
When I was done all my knobs I let them dry thoroughly, and I didn’t apply any Mod Podge as a top coat.
It certainly wouldn’t hurt if you did, but because of the next step it really wasn’t necessary.
Protecting Decoupaged Knobs
On a nice calm day I took them outside and gave them 4 light coats of a semi-gloss clear spray.
I let them dry for about 30 minutes between coats.
Because my knobs are porcelain or ceramic I didn’t worry about spraying the undersides.
I really just wanted to protect the graphics.
And here are my finished knobs.
To me they look like they’ve always been this way.
I’m using 14 for my two dressers, and the other two will be used somehow in the bedroom in the future.
And here are my supplies that I used for my decoupaged knobs.
NOTE: For your convenience this post contains some affiliate links to items that I’ve used to create this project. If you purchase anything using a link below Thrifty Rebel Vintage will receive a small commission, but it won’t cost you a penny more. See my full disclosure here.
Installing Decoupaged Knobs
My knobs came without screws so I found these at the hardware store.
It looks like the size reads 1 3/4″ long but they’re actually 1 1/4″. I had to put on my reading glasses for that one.
The size needed depends on the size of the holes and the depth of the drawers.
And here are my decoupaged knobs on the smaller dresser in the master bedroom.
To me they look like they belong there.
When I turned the dressers into the shelving units that I mentioned earlier I left the holes from the knobs that came with them, so I was able to reuse those holes.
No drilling required. Yay! I love it when that happens.
And here are my decoupaged knobs on the larger dresser.
They go so beautifully with my antique porcelain floral floor lamp.
And they don’t go half bad with my vintage teacup lampshade floor lamp either, which in on the other side of the room.
Thanks to my floral decoupaged knobs my master bedroom dressers are naked no more. Yay!
After three years they’re finally finished, and I can check this long awaited project off the list.
Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their hardware projects.
Just click on the links below to check them out.
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Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!