Customizing Unfinished Wooden Knobs
Unfinished wooden knobs give you a blank canvas to create any look you can imagine. From bright festive colors, or abstract designs to themed motifs, like flowers, ladybugs or leaves, you can paint on whatever design you desire. Use a fine tip paint brush to create designs that have a lot of detail. If you aren’t confident of your artistic ability, create random designs, polka dots or stripes, letting one color dry completely before applying another. Or choose a bright color to feature in other kitchen accents, such as cobalt blue, and paint your cabinet knobs with a solid coat in the same bright hue. You could even choose two or three bold accent colors and alternate the color of your cabinet knobs.
You could also create molded clay designs and affix them to unfinished cabinet knobs then paint and seal them as desired. Other materials, such as fabric, leather and faux leather, or lace can be used to cover knobs. Cut a circle of whatever material you choose large enough to wrap around the knob; affix it to the front of the knob with a drop of glue and then tuck and glue the fabric around the back. If you like, you can add a decorative coordinating ribbon around the knob and tie it into a bow or let it drape behind the knob. For a vintage look, use lace and tie a small crystal to each knob with a pretty ribbon.
Wooden knobs that are basically flat on the front can be embellished with shells, faux gems, glass tile, polished stone or any element that be attached with craft glue.
Making your Own Knobs from Other Objects
If you have items that are large enough to be knob faces on their own, you can attach them to a flat head threaded bolt with acrylic craft glue. Choose a bolt that will fit the predrilled holes in the cabinet or drill a new hole in the proper size. After the objects are secure on the bolt and have dried thoroughly, gently run the bolt through the cabinet and secure it on the back of the cabinet using a washer and wingnut. Anything from crystals, to figurines, chess and game pieces, flat decorative stones and river rocks, glass beads and tiles, seashells or faux gems can be used to make a one-of-a-kind knob. If you can imagine it and locate the items you desire, you can probably create a knob with it.
Accessorize Your Way
Whether you are creating or purchasing cabinet knobs, remember that the knobs don’t need to be identical; you can pick a theme and use different items to express your design. For example, for a Tuscan kitchen you can use knobs shaped as grapes, grape leaves and wine bottles. Or use lizards, parrots and frogs for a rainforest kitchen.END AKISMET -->
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