WEEKEND DIY: TRANSFORM OLD CABINETS WITH DECORATIVE DOORKNOBS
Mend and make do. This was the mantra of our parents, grandparents and every generation before them. They took shoes to the cobbler to be re-soled, sewed buttons back on clothes, oiled the dining table and even glued broken china back together. Being handy at home and repairing belongings rather than replacing them is certainly a habit we’re losing touch with, which is a shame when salvaging something not only saves money and resources, but is incredibly satisfying on a primal level; we as humans subconsciously yearn to use our hands.
In the spirit of reconnecting with the lost art of making and mending, we’re turning to the beautiful doorknobs available on The Home this week. They’re an incredibly easy and effective way to give daggy or unwanted furniture a new lease on life, and will save it from the sorry fate of your next council clean up!
5 Ways To Use Decorative Doorknobs At Home
1. Turn an old pine chest of drawers into a statement piece for your bedroom or living room. Simply paint and add new handles for a striking new look.
2. Instead of a complete kitchen renovation, try refinishing your kitchen cabinets and drawers, then add some new handles and knobs.
3. Create a unique coat or jewellery rack. You can affix a row of knobs to a wooden board or even directly to the wall to keep accessories organised.
4. Add a whimsical touch to kids’ cupboards and drawers. Look for quirky, colourful designs that spark imagination.
5. Add personality to your bathroom or laundry storage. Use an old chest with decorative doorknobs to make a statement in these hardworking spaces, or update your existing cabinets and drawers.
Ready to fall in love with your furniture all over again? Here’s a closer look at some of the decorative doorknobs we’ve sourced.
For a folksy, bohemian flair, choose a mix of colourful hand-painted ceramic knobs to update your hardware. The lovely designs we’ve sourced all have unique character due to being hand-painted by artists in India who use traditional techniques and modern non-toxic glazes. Worried about wear? Don’t be! They are vitrified in the kiln at high temperatures to ensure the finished glaze is chip and scratch resistant.
Like jewellery for your furniture, crystal glass hardware is an artisanal touch that still looks wonderfully glamorous. This style is moulded and then cut by hand; a similar faceting process to a precious jewel. We love this style for contemporary interiors, the sleek, faceted finish contrasts well with cabinets or drawers painted in a solid colour like black or white.
This quaint style is generally forged and then hand-finished with unique wall paper patterns and topped with a glass bead that magnifies the colour and pattern of the design. The pop of pattern can provide just the right amount whimsy for kids’ furniture.
How To Install New Doorknobs
Installation is often a simple process of removing the existing knob from a piece of furniture or cabinet and replacing with the new design. You can usually tighten the nut by hand and secure in place with a thread lock or lock tight product available from hardware stores. Then all you have to do is trim the excess screw to the desired finished length.
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