China Cabinet: Painted Knobs

I FINALLY finished painting my China cabinet.  A few weeks ago actually.  It’s been so nice to look at considering we had been looking at THIS for the last 10 months.

It was the windowed doors that kept me at arms distance.  When I finally dove in, it wasn’t that bad.  Took me from 7am – 2pm to finish her up.  I was in mission mode.  You should see me in mission mode, I’m crazy! I don’t think I ate anything the whole time.  Maybe some tea.

The original knobs on this cabinet were antiqued bronze.  Not really my style. I was going to go hunt for thrifted/used knob, but that could have taken another ten months.  Then my husband said, “I’m surprised you’re not painting them”.  **light bulb!**

Here’s what I did:

Step 1 : Wash, dry and prime, using matte spray paint. Allow to dry completely.

Step 2 :  Spray base-coat. This color should be a lighter color then the top coat color.  I used Design Master Olive Bright #790 (it’s what I had on hand). Allow to dry.

Step 3 : Mix paint & glazing medium 3:1.  I used 3 tsp clear glazing medium with 1 tsp acrylic craft paint ~ Delta Ceramcoat Laguna Blue.  It should have a thin consistancy. Brush on a good amount, making sure to get all the cracks and crevises.  Allow to set for about 20-30 seconds then wipe gently with a damp washcloth, only removing paint on the flat and raised surfaces.

Step 4 :  Spray a protective finish.  I actually didn’t do this and they have held up well so far, but this might not be a bad thing to do if you are going to be handling them often.

Tomorrow I will show the whole cabinet and a peek at the inside.

Happy Monday 🙂

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24 Responses to China Cabinet: Painted Knobs

  1. Phillippa says:

    Ah, so pretty!

  2. Nichola says:

    They look fabulous! I’m looking forward to seeing the whole thing.

  3. Becky says:

    Love them! I wish so much that I could steal this idea… I’m having difficulty with replacing the hardware on my dressers. Unfortunately, it’s a case of one of the pulls broke and fell off, so I have no choice but to get replacements!

  4. Tricia says:

    Ok STOP!! My husband is going to kill me if you keep giving me great ideas!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE That!! I also now want to print my own fabric too!!
    I just love this blog!

  5. Heather says:

    I love it! I can’t wait to see the whole thing.

  6. Nerissa says:

    This is gorgous! I saw your photos on flickr & had to come over & visit. So lovely:)

  7. kristin says:

    stunning!! you’ve done it again Regina!!

  8. cindy says:

    Those look great! Lucky to have such nice hardware to work with. I’m in the middle of some furniture facelifts myself. Can’t wait to see the whole thing!

  9. Jessica says:

    Gosh! You certainly have been busy. I love the painting project for your china cabinet. Most recently I sanded and painted an old desk I found on freecycle, although my project was pretty simple. I love what you did with mixing the paint and adding the whimsical details.

  10. Jenny says:

    They look great…..I’m looking for a little inspiration to get myself into ‘mission mode’….this might be it 😀

    Great colors!

  11. futuregirl says:

    I love this bold color combination! I can’t wait to see the whole shebang. 🙂

  12. Shelly G. says:

    I love the color combination… it is so lovely… I can’t wait to see the pictures of the whole thing… I am sure it feels so good to have it finished 🙂

  13. I love that cabinet Regina! It turned out great and those knobs are amazing!

  14. Vicky says:

    How crafty! The colors are great- and it’s a real do it yourself! Love it!

  15. Don says:

    Great job Regina! The attention to detail is fantastic… Wish you lived in Phoenix! We could use your help!!
    All the best,

  16. I LOVE what you did with the cabinet knobs! I recently redid my kitchen and added molding to the cabinets all by myself.

    I would LOVE to feature a web page about you on my website! Email me if you are interested in the idea. You can link back to your blog!
    Have a great day! Jennifer

  17. jeri says:

    These are the coolest handles I’ve ever seen!
    Love them, awesome job!

  18. develyn says:

    These look so great! I have this weird obsession about collecting brass doorknobs and fixtures so I’ll have plenty to test this out on!

  19. Suzanne Miles says:

    I love how these look, Regina! I am very much one of your admirers!

  20. Regina Lord says:

    Awww, thanks Suzanne! 🙂

  21. Frank says:

    How exciting! very inspiring. feels vintage..

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