Custom Cabinet Knobs

Cabinet knobs can be expensive.  At places like Anthropologie the high end knobs can range anywhere from $6 — $16.  If you have a dresser with six knobs you are shelling out some big bucks just for hardware.  I wanted to show you a way you can create beautiful custom knobs at home for a fraction of the price.  With this process they look like they are ceramic because of the bright glossy shine the Envirotex Lite gives it.

custom cabinets knobs

Supplies:

Wooden Knobs

Primer

Mod Podge

Paint

Envirotex Lite

Throw away brush

Stir Stick or Popsicle Stick

Throw away cup

Blue Painters Tape

Tissue Paper

Printer

I had a friend give me a huge bag of wooden knobs.  However, you can find wood knobs very inexpensively at places like Hobby Lobby and Michaels.

The original inspiration for my knobs came from the Lucky Number Knob from Anthropologie.  I thought it would be fun to make my own knobs with my house number on it.

Lucky Number Knob, Red from Anthropologie

lucky number knob

1.  I primered and painted my knobs a gloss white and let them dry.

custom cabinet knobs

2.  Next I cut out a piece of tissue paper and taped it to a piece of printer paper using blue painters’ tape.  Using the font Ecuyer Dax I typed out my “No. 821” in my word processing program. I ran it through my printer and my words typed out onto the tissue paper.

printing on tissue paper

3.  I then taped off my knobs to spray half of it another color.  I used Krylon Ocean Breeze for the bottom half.

custom cabinet knobs

custom cabinet knobs

4.  I cut out the numbered tissue paper and put a coat of Mod Podge over the top of my knob.  I pressed the tissue paper in place trying to push the creases out. It is impossible to get all the creases out because of the domed surface, I just did my best.

custom cabinet knobs

custom cabinet knobs

5.  Cut off the excess tissue paper with tiny sharp scissors.  Layer to top of the tissue paper with Mod Podge pressing the edges down smooth.  Make sure all edges and tissue paper are sealed with Mod Podge.

custon cabinets knobs

6. Mix up some Envirotex Lite according to directions.  MAKE SURE TO READ THE ENTIRE DIRECTIONS if you have never used this stuff before.  It is not a product you can just wing and get beautiful results.

mixing envirotext lite

7. With a throw away brush I “painted” the Envirotex Lite on over my sealed Mod Podged knob.  The Envirotex Lite when cured gives it a hard, glass like durable finish.  The reason I chose to use this product rather than a spray sealer is because how much use it will get.  The Envirotex Lite will hold up all the abuse these knobs will get.

(Below is one without the two tones of paint…doesn’t it look like ceramic!)

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I ended up putting them on my bifold doors in my front hallway.

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ETI sent me this product to try out. Envirotex Lite was created by Environmental Technologies Inc. (ETI), which is the home for many resin and mold making products.

Today, artists are using ETI’s products in many crafty ways and they will be showcasing these works of art on their new blog "Resin Crafts".

Check them out on:
Resin Crafts Blog
ETI on Facebook
ETI on Twitter

Check out these other tutorials using Envirotex Lite:





Comments

  1. So many possibilities. Love the knobs!

  2. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts says:

    LOVE the idea to make custom knobs!!

  3. Your cabinet knobs are excellent! I am enjoying all the posts and will do a link to this page too!

  4. Beckie, isn’t it amazing how many different things you can use ETI for? I must have clicked over on the wrong section of their website the first time, b/c all I could find were old, outdated pics of projects (like yellowed diplomas pasted onto slabs of driftwood). Your project proves that you can use resin for fun, modern projects that will wow your readers. :) So excited to click through the links this week. :)

    • Yah they are in the process of updating their site. I hope our projects bring a new appeal to Envirotex Lite because it is really fun stuff.

  5. Beckie,
    These are great and we have plenty of wood/metal knobs laying around. I have seen Envirotex Lite at Michael’s off and on for a while but have never tried it because I had never met anyone who had used it. Thanks for the inspiration once again!

    • Oh it is fun stuff. You have to use it properly but when you do it yields gorgeous results. You need to pick some up and give it a whirl.

  6. Love this idea Beckie!! :)

  7. these knobs are great! when i bought my house 3 years ago, the kitchen cabinets had no hardware, and i shelled out a pretty penny buying a set. now i want to tear it all out and replace them with some homemade knobs lol.

  8. Wow that is a pretty big compliment. Thank YOU!

  9. I love how it makes them look like ceramic! I hand painted all the knobs for my sons dresser in his transportation themed room so this would be great to make them look more high end.

  10. Absolutely fantastic! We are in serious need of some kitchen cabinet knob upgrading. Thank you so much for this tutorial!
    C:)

  11. I’m freakin’ out! This is awesome!
    (My teenager girls tease me cuz I think that just about anything can be improved with
    a little tissue paper & deco podge! And here’s another amazing example!)

  12. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!!

  13. Desiree Campbell says:

    I LOVE THIS! I would love also for you to share it at my link party on Wednesday evening. What a great idea!

  14. love what you have done with them they look really cute

  15. SoulandGrace says:

    This is an amazing idea! I a definitely going to try this out. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Bookmarking this! I neeeed to do this…thanks so much for the tutorial!!!!
    LOVE IT!

  17. Nice! I didn’t know you could print on tissue paper. With all the other things you can run through the printers now I should have guessed.

  18. Nice! I didn’t know you could print on tissue paper. With all the other things you can run through the printers now I should have guessed.

  19. these are beyond cute…thanks for sharing.

  20. I love these! Thank you so much for sharing your idea.

  21. I have GOT to try this. I’m in love with the way these look!

    Warmly, Michelle

  22. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful idea. They look fantastic!

  23. That’s awesome. They really do look like ceramic. I am inspired!

  24. Those are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  25. They are just beautiful and right in my budget! Thanks!

  26. Wow I cannot believe how perfectly they turned out! What a fun project idea! Please stop by and join my link party this weekend =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/06/vip-party-18.html

  27. Malinda Cash says:

    These are great! I just have a little problem with the ink bleeding when I apply the mod podge…is there anything I can do to remedy that?
    Thanks!
    smiles

  28. Love these Beckie! Put them on my FB page. :)

  29. Our AZ Family says:

    Can’t wait to try this out! My husband got excited about the resin product. We have some projects we’d love to try out for it. :) He also LOVED your tutorial, one of his biggest gripes about some of the blogs I follow is that they don’t give all the how to information. This was perfect. Thanks so much!

  30. oooh – one of my favorites! I love Anthro so anything inspired by is fine by me :D

  31. Great post! I assume you printed the tissue on a laser printer and not an inkjet? Just curious.

  32. I love these! So creative. I think I need to do some for my son’s dresser. :)

  33. I will have to check this product out. I have a hutch I want to paint and it has 16 knobs on it! I just need to find something that I would want repeated that many times. Or many I’ll mix and match. Thanks :)

  34. SheilaG says:

    I absolutely love this idea! I love the knobs at Hobby Lobby, but most have the bolt sticking out the back, which is way too long and gets in the way. This is much better, and no one will have exactly the same ones (well, unless I copy yours…)! :)

    • You totally can copy mine…please do! They are seriously fun to make and possibilities are endless. I am excited to try and mimic so more designs.

  35. Hi Beckie-

    I like yours sooooo much better than the Anthro ones. Can’t wait to try it.

    My best- Diane

  36. These are gorgeous!!!! What a great project! I definitely have to give these a try!!

  37. omg i love this! thanks for sharing :) i really want to do this!

  38. Wow! I love this! Thanks for sharing this. I went over to the ETI blog and signed up for the giveaway- such cool crafts!!!

  39. These are awesome! Love the shiny finish and there’s no limit to what you can put on the knob faces. Thanks so much for sharing!

  40. I adore your “ceramic” knobs and want to do the same in my home! My problem is that I have several bifold doors with plain wood knobs, but the knobs are not removeable … can I still do this to them while on the door??

  41. Very cool, thank you!

    : )

    Julie M.

  42. What a neat idea…love it! I’m your newest follower :)

    jamie @ sewrockin.com

  43. Just wanted to share my results! Thanks for the great tut! http://pinterest.com/pin/82261130663818977/

  44. I love this!!! I posted this link to my Facebook Page.
    https://www.facebook.com/MyJunkArta

    And I love your blog!

    I have added you to my “Blog Love” online magazine on Scoop It.
    http://www.scoop.it/t/blog-love

    I also listed your blog on my Pinterest Board “Blogs DIY, Craft”
    http://pinterest.com/ShelleyNovonty/blogs-diy-craft/

    Sincerely, xoxo
    Shelley Novotny
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  45. So glad a Google search brought me here instead. I was about ready to shell out for some Anthro knobs, but am sure these will be MUCH cheaper, plus I can customize them to say whatever!

  46. Jodie Potter says:

    Hello,
    I was wondering if you could explain how you “paint” the ETI on the knobs? I’ve only seen people pour it on. What kind of brushes do you use and how do you avoid brush strokes? Also do you paint down the sides as well or just the top?

    Thank you so much…your blog is fantastic!!!

    Jodie

    • Hi Jodie,
      Thank you for your sweet words! Regarding the knobs, I just went around the top and a little over the edges. Any small bristle brush will do. Since it is self leveling, there is no need to worry about brush strokes. Hope that helps!

  47. Jerry Whidby says:

    I love cheap when it looks this classy. Nice work.

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