I hope we can all agree the knobs on my new Martha Stewart craft drawer units were a snooze-fest. They screamed country and not in a good way (I do love me a splash of country here and there). I knew they had to be replaced. With the deep savings I got on the cabinets, I did not mind replacing the hardware.
While we were in Dallas last month, I hit up Anthropologie and Hobby Lobby looking for new knobs. Everything at Anthropolgie was just too big for the skinny top drawers. Hobby Lobby unfortunately was lacking in the color department…specifically pretty blues and greens.
As I scoured the Hobby Lobby bins for hidden gems, I kept getting drawn back to small round white porcelain knobs with brass bases. I admit they were a snooze-fest too, but I loved the shape and the tarnished brass. Bonus, there was matching larger oval knobs with brass base. The larger knobs would look great on the bigger bottom drawers. But, I did not want white!
Then, I saw the 50% off sign and decided to make it a project. I bought 8 knobs at $1 each (regularly $1.99) and 4 larger oval knobs for $3 each (regularly 5.99). The 12 knobs cost $20 total. That is only $10 per cabinet for all new hardware. I knew if I could figure out a way to color them, they were going to make a big impact.
My initial plan was to use the Porcelaine pen I had leftover from this hot chocolate on a stick gift project. Unfortunately, I did not store it properly and it was dried up. Since I am in the throws of a month long home spending hiatus and banned myself from craft stores, I needed a plan B.
Goodbye boring, hello gorgeous! Plan B was a huge success and now my cabinet hardware looks like this:
I heard you can use Sharpies similar to the Porcelaine pens. You draw on your porcelain object, let it sit overnight, and then bake in the oven. I happen to have a cute little paint bucket on my craft shelves full of colorful Sharpies. I grabbed the teal one and went to work.