Unique Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

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After moving into my new home, i decided I needed some unique cabinet pulls in my modern kitchen to warm it up.  I began searching online, and I have to say, I was quite disappointed in the available inventory.  There were a few unique cabinet pulls I liked, like the ones from anthropologie.  However, most of these pulls start at $10/a knob.  So, I started to think I could do this myself, and create something truly unique.


My first experiment into DIY knobs was with using sculpy clay.  I had some existing very plain knobs that I covered with sculpy.  Then I pressed the knob into an embossed sheet of scrapbook paper.  This is the result.


diy drawer knobs


Next,  I experimented with wrapping sculpy around hexagonal tiles.  I found these tiles at Lowe's for around 6/sheet.  I used the same strategy as before, imprinting the clay on the tile with the scrapbook paper.  After I baked the tiles I used epoxy glue to adhere this little piece of hardware to the tile.  I can't remember the name of this piece but it's a small cylinder with the interior threaded so that the screw will enter this piece once it's inserted in the cabinet front.  


diy cabinet knob


I also experimented with using wood and the clay as shown in the featured photo of this post.  I made a small clay medallion with the sculpy.  Adhered it to the wooden disk with E6000, and then adhered the cabinet hardware piece to the back with E6000.  I decided to use paint pen around the edges for the silver.  If I were to actually use this in a kitchen or bathroom, I would spray it with a clear top coat.


After my adventures with sculpy, I decided to play around with resin.  I had been wanting to experiment with resin for a long time after seeing the gorgeous live edge wood pieces using resin.  For my first experiment with resin I used Glaze Coat.  It's a two part resin that you can find near the wood sealants at any hardware store.  


These are my results. 

resin art

I dropped dried wildflowers into the molds to preserve these bluebonnets and other spring beauties.  These still need to be polished so that they are crystal clear, and I will need to adhere the hardware with e6000 or I may try to just drop screws directly in the molds next time.  


diy cabinet pull


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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning  Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert ,

You are indeed very creative! Interesting cabinet knobs that reflect your creativity and search for something different to set your home apart from others. Bravo!!

Apr 13, 2018 06:10 AM #1
Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida
Award Winning Luxury Expert, Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Daytona Beach, FL
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Well aren’t you the creative one Erika!  I love seeing what others can create using their talent and a little elbow grease. I love your projects. 

Apr 13, 2018 06:29 AM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Erika

You sure are creative! It's amazing how unique knobs and pulls can really dress up simple cabinetry and not (typically) at a huge expense. 


Apr 13, 2018 07:37 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Erika. You are much more creative than I am. Soooooo well done.

Apr 13, 2018 07:40 AM #4
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Those are really cool and the fact that you made them yourself makes it so much better.

Apr 13, 2018 09:12 AM #5
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Amazing! Thanks for sharing Erika! very creative.

Apr 14, 2018 06:56 PM #6
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Erika, Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas to warm up your kitchen cabinets.  They all look very good to me, you've done a great job.

Apr 14, 2018 10:21 PM #7
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