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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mod Podge Alert - Replace Your Cabinet Knobs on the Cheap

Do you have some of these builder grade beauties in your kitchen?

You know the ones, those shiny gold brass knobs
that should be outlawed in every state by now.
You know you don't really want them, but somehow replacing them seems to fall to the bottom of the priority list.
Besides, cabinet knobs are expensive, and when you need 30-40 of them, that can add up really quick.

What if I told you that you could replace them with something MUCH nicer for only 50 cents each? Would you do it?
Yeah, I thought you might.

How about something like this?

Well ok then. Let's get right to it.
Here's what you'll need:
- Fabric Scraps
- Wood Knobs
- Mod Podge
- Scissors
- Egg Crate
- Sponge Brush
- Paint for the base

(A couple of tips before we get started:
 I use the 2 pack of wood knobs from Lowe's. They're only 98 cents a pack. The ones at Home Depot are a dollar more.
Also, it's quicker to spray paint the knobs than to hand brush them with acrylic paints.
And lastly, the paper egg crates work better for this project than the styrofoam ones because they're thicker.)

Ok, first gather your fabric scraps. I used 7 different ones because I wanted a variety of colors and patterns on my cabinets.

Next, you'll want to cut all of your circles at once. I cut mine a wee bit smaller because I wanted the black paint to show around the edge of the fabric.
If you want to do it the way I did, a perfect template for your circle is a covered button kit in size 75. (at Walmart or any craft store - beats trying to get them symmetrical all by yourself.)

Once you get them cut out, play with the arrangement of patterns based on your cabinet layout. You may find you want to add/subtract/replace patterns in some spots. I cut about 5 extra circles just in case.

Start covering the tops of your knobs with Mod Podge. Put a reasonably thick layer.
Take your circles of fabric and put a little Mod Podge on back of them as well. It'll help them adhere better.

Don't be afraid to be generous with the MP. Just be sure to wipe off any build-up before you let them dry.
 Center your fabric on the knob and smooth down from the center out. Be sure there are no air spots, especially along the edges.

Again, wipe off any build-up before you set them aside to dry.
I did only enough for one bank of cabinets at a time because I wanted to decide which patterns to use where as I went.

Let them dry for about an hour, and they're ready to hang!
That's all there is to it.
I did 36 knobs in 2 1/2 hours start to finish, including cutting the fabrics.
I say that makes it a great anytime project, don't you?

I love how they turned out!

Here is the selection of patterns I used for my new knobs.

Let me know if you do some of these for yourself. I'd love to see the patterns you choose.

AND...............I'll be revealing my kitchen makeover this Friday. I've been working hard on it, so be sure to come back and see!

I'm linking up to:


  1. You are a genius, Polly! I love these and all of the fabrics your chose. They look marvelous on the cabinet you showed.

    I'll be back for the kitchen makeover! :-)


  2. I love your idea! I'm thinking dresser knobs too! Decorator touch on a budget!

  3. Those are FABULOUS~!! I bought silver ones for 15 cents each and spray painted them black.. What you created definately adds flair and I am gonna do it..
    thanks so much for sharing this..


  4. Great idea! I have all materials on hand! Now what knobs need a face lifts……hummm.

    Kendra “Domestic Princess in Training”

  5. How clever!!! I did spray paint mine with ORB, but that is a very nice idea, too.....looking forward to seeing your kitchen!!! :D


  6. Love this, Polly! You make me wish I had wood knobs on something in my house just so I could do this! : ) Love that you mixed up fabrics and actually found a use for some scraps. It looks great from what you've shown and I'm looking forward to seeing your kitchen reveal!

  7. Polly these are really cute. I like the way each knob with have an individual look.

  8. Awesome and so original! And they look so sharp against your white cabs! I can't WAIT to see what's been happening in your kitchen.


  9. Those are adorable!! What a great "fix"!! Can't wait to see your kitchen!

  10. What a clever girl your are, Polly. Those are fantastic. I forget about Mod Podge. I have used it often in the past, but never for knobs. I am going to be on the lookout for something to put cute "cheap" knobs on.

  11. OK, that was so stinkin' easy!!!! Life made simpler by Polly!!!! I never knew what MP was used for. Seriously, I didn't.

    Kitchen up next. Can't wait!!!


  12. OK, that was ingenious!! I did a post recently on spraying knobs and then using decals, decorative painting etc. I stuck mine in styrofoam to spray, but the egg cart is an even better idea! thank you!!

    I joined in the fun and came over from Transformation Thursdays


  13. Very cute - these turned out great!

  14. Polly, thanks for stopping by my blog. It is funny because I have always wanted to sew, and I came across your blog earlier this week(via Funky Junk). I have been putting off getting new knobs because they are so stinking expensive(the ones I want), and I wonder too, how this would work on pulls? Mine have a ceramic middle. What do you think? I will have to make the knobs a project priority at any rate. Thanks for this great idea!

  15. Oh my heck! Are you kidding me? That is sooo cute. I love that look. So creative. I am a new follower. Thank for sharing.

  16. Hi Polly, this is such a great post. Wonderful ideas!

    Thank your for joining the Rooster Party and displaying the button. I will add your name to the drawing.

    Also, many thanks for taking the time to write out your wonderful suggestions on my current post. I think you said many things that will help new bloggers. Thank you!

    Have a blessed day.
    Barb ♥

  17. Found you at Barb's (Bella Vista) and decided to come meet you! I loved your idea you shared with her. I have decided to become one of your followers!

  18. OMGosh....another great blog to read! I can't get anything done! i found you through Shabby Chic Cottage and have to tell you the knob idea is super cool!

  19. Hey thanks again Polly!
    You know I just bought some knobs from the Good Will store last week. I am going to try it.
    Enjoy my blog. I have been working on it for awhile and I still woprking on it!
    AKA Mel

  20. WOW! Where do I begin!? Every thing is SOOOO beautiful! My favorite things are the 1. Table 2. Knobs! ~Bridgette

  21. How have these knobs held up with use?


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