Everybody loves IKEA, right? The simplicity of the designs, plus the sense of accomplishment from putting furniture together yourself… this combo makes IKEA a standard go-to when shopping for the home. There are lots of ways to hack IKEA furniture – however, would you like to customize these basic designs to set you apart from the thousands of other people that have the same piece? Turns out, it’s a pretty easy transformation to make. Continue Reading
A quick search on the Google tells us that one stone cabinet knob can cost upwards to$14 a pop. That is all kinds of crazy expensive, especially when you’re outfitting an entire kitchen. Mine, for example, has 30 knobs. Multiply that by 14 and you’re talking $420 just for knobs. I decided there MUST be a more cost-effective way to get the stone look for less.
- Knobs-Etc. Atomic Cabinet Knob, $6
- Build.com, Podium Cabinet Knob, Emtek 86319, $6
- The Hardware Hut, Emteck MCM Atomic Knob, Satin Nickel, $5
- Rejuvenation, Saturn Cabinet Knob, $8
- Rejuvenation, Whale Tail Drawer Pull, $7
- Knobs-Etc. Cone Knob, $6-$9
- Atlas Homewares, Mod Round Knob, $8.80
I know someone, who shall remain nameless, who, when about to move out of their early 20th century walk-up apartment, absconded with all of the flat’s period glass door knobs. In (somewhat) defense of the renter, s/he did replace them with standard metal door knobs from the hardware store. This was back in the ’70s, so the replacements could very well have been seen as an upgrade. Seriously, though, is there anything more eye-catching in door hardware than a glass knob? Continue Reading
During the late 90’s I was painting all sorts of wood furniture knobs to use as furniture feet and legs. The ‘adorable’ factor was that I painted the feet to match the fabric. Now it’s 2011 and we’ve come a long way, baby. See how these modernly adorable Anthropologie knobs add punch to a plain old shelf.
Dubbed the Bollywood Beauties Collection, these beaded drawer pulls from Atlas Homewares may look expensive, but in the world of fancy knobs, they aren’t ($9.20 for the large size, $8.30 for the small). With some string, wire, beads, adhesive and some ugly old pulls they could even be DIYable. But I can’t decide if I like them enough to go through the effort. How about you? Would you put them in your kitchen? Bathroom?
My industrial strength covered button maker is (literally) a piece of work. It’s so powerful it has to be bolted to a tabletop. If you haven’t made that investment yet, covered button kits are readily available for a variety of projects at fabric and craft stores. Speaking of which, over at J. Caroline Creative, there’s an EXCELLENT
In Apartment Therapy’s recent article 10 Upcycled Uses for Old Things, one idea stands out among all the rest: Using vintage faucet knobs as hooks. How clever!
BHG has some clever ways to create custom drawer pulls for pennies. Here are some of my favorites:
Great for a child’s room, simply glue a dimensional letter (found in the scrapbook department of your favorite craft store) at the center of a porcelain pull.
A bit of paint breathes life into this wooden knob.
A round craft mirror and by-the-yard rhinestones and a little glue bring bling to this knob.
For the shabby-chic fan, a wooden knob painted white with some white and creamy-color buttons glued on with a heavy duty adhesive (BHG recommends something like E6000) might be just the thing. Continue Reading