Cabinet Knobs Re-Do  

Posted by: Julie

Here is the step by step process I used for painting my kitchen cabinet knobs.

1. This is the BEFORE...simple, nice enough but in need of an update.

2. The first thing I did was spray paint the knobs black. I used a satin black. To make sure I covered all around the knobs I clipped twigs the same size as the opening in the back of the knob and stuck the knobs on top. It helped me to be able to move the knob around easily without smudging the paint. I then stuck the twigs into some florist foam so they could dry over night.

3. Next, I got a deep rich metallic paint to add some dimension. I used a color called "rich espresso"

4. I took a small paint brush and painted over my black knobs with the metallic paint. Make sure to the the underside of the knobs, too.

5. Then I dabbed off the excess paint with a paper napkin. It let some of the black show through and it gave it a hammered look.

6. Again I let them stand up over night on the florist foam so the paint would dry well and give it a chance to cure.

And here is the finished product!

Cost for 38 new kitchen knobs = minimum of $38.00

My cost for kitchen knobs re-do ::::: $5.14:::::

1 can spray paint: $2.97
1 metallic paint: $2.17
*NOTE~~when I originally posted this I said to use a clear coat to seal the paint. I do not suggest doing this. When I did it, the paint crackled and it took away from the look of the finish. These were so very easy to do, if the paint starts to wear I recommend just doing a touch up on them.

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I love them. They look like you went out and spent a fortune on them.

wow! they look amazing!

great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They look amazing. You would never know they were the same knobs.

Your knobs look great! I have window hardware that I plan on doing something like this to. Wish me luck!


i just love how they turned out ! :)

Oh wow! Love the knobs!!! Never would have thought about dabbing w/ a napkin....nice job!

Brilliant! And what a difference. I have the exact knobs.

They definitely look great, but I'm curious how well they'll last- please post pix in a few months! Also, it may cost a minimum of $38 for new cabinet knobs, but it sounds/looks like you spent a 'not insignificant' amount of time painting these...and your time is worth something too, isn't it? Plus, it's not difficult to find cabinet knobs for under $3 a piece you can get cabinet knobs with cool shapes, which will make an even bigger splash!

thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

Like I said above, without the clear coat I'm not sure myself how long these will last, however I found that the only place to show wear on the pulls before I painted them was on the backside. I never even knew the brass had worn off because I couldn't see it lol!

Really, it didn't take long at all to paint them. It was a few minutes to spray them and maybe an hour to hand paint them. I'm a stay at home mom and the time wasn't an issue for me...the money is ;-)

I wanted to spend as little as possible on these and even though I "could" have bought cool new ones for "under $3 a piece" (38 knobs @ $3 each is $114...ouch!)I just didn't want to part with the money.

These look Great! I am impressed! Let us know how well they hold up to daily use!

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