Update Your Cabinet Knobs - Quick, Inexpensive, Fun

Looking to change the look of a dresser, cabinet or desk but lack the funds and/or energy to do much about it? Try this quick fix using little more than plain wooden knobs, pretty napkins/paper and some glue. It really doesn’t get much easier!

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  • Find napkins, tissue paper, pages from an old book or scrapbook paper that suit your mood and the project. The thicker the paper the harder it will be to work with - won’t be impossible but will take a little more patience!

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  • Set yourself up to work. Put a bit of 1/2 Elmer’s glue/1/2 water on a sturdy paper plate or a small plastic container. (You can use Modge Podge as well.) Have an inexpensive paint brush at the ready. Set out a square of plastic wrap. On top of that put a square of your paper of choice face down. As you can see, I am not terribly exact.

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  • Hold your knob in one and and get ready to apply a thick layer of the glue/Modge Podge all over it. If you are using thick paper, coat the back of your paper AND also your knob.

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  • Like this. If getting your hands gooey or sticky freaks you out - put on gloves before you get to this point. Otherwise, just keep a wet rag nearby to wipe off your fingers.

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  • Place your knob down on the paper you’ve prepared. Lift it up again - the paper should come with it. Work gently to smooth the paper around the knob and into the creases. It helps to have a small artist’s brush for the undersides. If you’re using a thick paper, you will need to coat the top of your paper with another layer of the glue mixture.

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  • Place the knob, front down, onto the plastic wrap. Pick it up and smooth the front of your knob. Once smooth, twist the bottom of the plastic wrap. Squish in the sides and underside of your knob while you do this.

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  • When you’ve got all twisted up tight, the front should look like this. Set it aside and let it dry. Overnight is best. Start working on the next knob.

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  • When it’s all dry, unwrap the knobs. Cut away any excess and gently sand the bottoms of the knobs with 220 grit (or higher) sandpaper and reattach to your piece. (If you want to do this for your kitchen cabinets, add a coat of polyurethane or other spray on sealer.)

  • Voila!!!!

Let me know if you try this or, of course, if you have any questions.