Spray Paint Knobs

Another quick home update project for us!

After falling in love with the new knobs in the kitchen and what a wonderful transformation it made, I wanted to continue with the other knobs in the three bathrooms. I couldn’t find the knobs at Target again for the rain check price so I decided to try something new. I had heard about an oil rubbed metal finish spray paint and since I had 22 extra knobs laying around I decided to give it a try!

Here is what I started out with:


I had an old box lid, some type of screwdriver or something (to poke holes), the spray paint, and the knobs.

This specifically is the spray paint I used. I found it at WalMart for like $3 a can.


I flipped the box lid upright and started poking holes in the top so the knobs could stand up correctly.


From the underside of the box I pushed the screws in:


Then pulled the screws through so they poked out on the top:


Finally, I screwed the 6 ugly knobs onto the screws so they would stand up on their own on the box.


And finally, with a quick coat of spray paint they turned out like this. I didn’t even do two coats !


I was really happy with the dark finish but the flecks of gold in them. Honestly they are almost the exact same color as the ones I bought from Target! They look glossy here but they were still wet at this point. When they dried they are more of a “matte” finish.

Here is my bathroom before with the six creme colored ugly knobs:


another view:


Please ignore the ugly purple wallpaper, thats for another project!

And lastly, here is the final product!



As you can see its “almost” identical to the new knobs I put in the kitchen. The shape of these still dates the set but for $4 for as many knobs as I can paint versus $2 per knob this seems like a good compromise! I am actually so pleased with the color that I have been wondering what else I can spray with it. We have some really ugly brass door knobs…. hmmm….

Kitchen Update: New cabinet knobs

Now that we have some awesome hardwood floors in our house (read about it here), everything else in the house is really standing out.

Our kitchen is not in bad shape but it is really dated. The worst part about this is the cabinets and their knobs. I would describe them as cream ceramic sphere pulls. They really stood out against the wood as you can see up close here:


And when you walked into the kitchen, as my mom said, “All you notice are the knobs”.


There are 26 knobs in our kitchen. That seems like SO many because I don’t think we have a large kitchen but all the drawers and cabinets add up. We also have double upper cabinets which really increases the number of knobs.


In this picture you can also see the old curtain and the dated scroll board that hangs over our kitchen sink. That is another project I am hoping to tackle soon!

While my parents were here, I ran up to Target with them to grab some Starbucks (they are seriously addicted) and we found these knobs on sale. At $1.50 each this was a great price and they felt like great quality.

Target Knobs

(They are here on Target’s site)

So for $55 I got the knobs I needed and we went home with our cappy’s (aka cappuccino) and started installing. They don’t match the hinges on the doors completely, but I think they are about as close as we will get!


The complete picture looks much better and from a distance you really don’t notice the hinge/knob color difference.


I love the way they look and I don’t see cream knobs as I walk in the kitchen anymore!