A quick search on the Google tells us that one stone cabinet knob can cost upwards to$14 a pop. That is all kinds of crazy expensive, especially when you’re outfitting an entire kitchen. Mine, for example, has 30 knobs. Multiply that by 14 and you’re talking $420 just for knobs. I decided there MUST be a more cost-effective way to get the stone look for less.
I know someone, who shall remain nameless, who, when about to move out of their early 20th century walk-up apartment, absconded with all of the flat's period glass door knobs. In (somewhat) defense of the renter, s/he did replace them with standard metal door knobs from the hardware store. This was back in the '70s, so
During the late 90's I was painting all sorts of wood furniture knobs to use as furniture feet and legs. The 'adorable' factor was that I painted the feet to match the fabric. Now it's 2011 and we've come a long way, baby. See how these modernly adorable Anthropologie knobs add punch to a plain old shelf.
Dubbed the Bollywood Beauties Collection, these beaded drawer pulls from Atlas Homewares may look expensive, but in the world of fancy knobs, they aren't ($9.20 for the large size, $8.30 for the small). With some string, wire, beads, adhesive and some ugly old pulls they could even be DIYable. But I can't decide if I like them enough to go through the effort. How about you? Would you put them in your kitchen? Bathroom?
My industrial strength covered button maker is (literally) a piece of work. It's so powerful it has to be bolted to a tabletop. If you haven't made that investment yet, covered button kits are readily available for a variety of projects at fabric and craft stores. Speaking of which, over at J. Caroline Creative, there's an EXCELLENT
In Apartment Therapy's recent article 10 Upcycled Uses for Old Things, one idea stands out among all the rest: Using vintage faucet knobs as hooks. How clever!
BHG has some clever ways to create custom drawer pulls for pennies. Here are some of my favorites:
Great for a child's room, simply glue a dimensional letter (found in the scrapbook department of your favorite craft store) at the center of a porcelain pull.
A bit of paint breathes life into this wooden knob.
A round craft mirror and by-the-yard rhinestones and a little glue bring bling to this knob.
For the shabby-chic fan, a wooden...
"What's the perfect way to spruce up cabinetry and furniture? Knobs and pulls, baby! Terrific hardware is where [it is],, especially if you're in the mood for a fast, inexpensive way to breathe new life into a tired piece." So begins Decor8's Holly Becker on the vast world of cabinet knobs and pulls. Her article for Real Simple details some of the resources for both new and vintage hardware, as well as matching to the piece.