Faux Porcelain Knobs & My Sneaky Knob-Painting Hack!

I’ve always loved colorful porcelain knobs. My daughter does too, so we wanted this look for her dresser re-do.

At $5-$10 each, the cost of adding knobs to her 5-drawer dresser would add up fast. That’s two per drawer, for 10 knobs – $50-$100 to add knobs to a $40 dresser seemed a little silly.

(Click the link below for the Chalk Paint Challenge & Mother-Daughter Compromise to see the dresser before & after! HUGE difference!)

Even plain, white porcelain knobs are $3 each.

Instead, I repainted the existing wood knobs, using materials we already had.

Basically, they were free!

Even if you buy new wooden knobs, they run less than a dollar each.

First, I put the screws back in the knobs and I protected the screws with tape. Paint globs on the screws would make them hard to use.

knobs-before

In order to get a perfectly smooth finish, I dipped the knobs in the paint.

porcelain-dipping-knob

Fast!

This paint was already sitting around. It’s the same color I used on all of my interior woodwork and doors. Good to have around the house for touch-ups!

Even if you don’t already have an old gallon of paint, samples jars are only $3, and it’s plenty of paint for a few knobs.

Then, I dried the knobs in an old shoebox punched with holes from each screw. I prepped the box before I started painting, and I made sure the holes were large enough that I didn’t have to force the knobs inside (which would’ve messed up my perfect paint!).

drying-knobs-in-a-shoe-box

 

Spray paint is the typical way to paint knobs, but I like this method better for the following reasons:

Mess – This method was neat enough for inside. (Newspapers on the floor, of course!)

No flecks of junk – Painting indoors meant no dirt or bits of leaves blowing on my project.

Smoother finish – Spray paint usually goes on heavy or light because it’s impossible to maintain constant pressure. Two light coats give the best finish, but that wastes paint in overspray.

Less Wasted Paint – Excess paint dripped into the bucket. Unlike all the wasted over-spray with canned paint! I did exercise patience waiting for the drips. Not the time to rush.

Painting the knobs themselves, I chose a design I knew my daughter would like, a whimsical flower.

knobs-text

And if you’re not a great artist, or if you prefer a realistic look, flowers cut from magazines and decoupaged would offer a different look.

Polyurethane!

Knobs get heavy use, so plenty of poly was a must!

The precious elderly gentleman at my neighborhood hardware store gave me advice I had no idea I needed! He deserves a separate post because his pearls of wisdom apply to any project using polyurethane.

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