I did an antique dresser makeover, but it needed knobs. Enter the technique of decoupage knobs! When you see them, you may think they are ceramic knobs, when in fact they are the original wood knobs that have been decoupaged.
Here is the after! This old gal has seen better days. She’s still not perfect but for her age she’s in pretty good shape!
How to do an antique dresser makeover
This is how it looked when I got it in January. Amazingly enough, the drawers are in great shape! But the dresser itself was pretty chippy. I opted to sand it instead of using a paint stripper on it.
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Examine and address any issues that need repair
The orbital sander was even used to help remove the shelf liner inside the drawers.
The lower drawer must have had some moisture issues because the veneer was peeling. No problem! I just helped it along by removing the thin layer of wood. Problem solved!
Sand and patch rough areas of chippy dresser
Here is the dresser (chest of drawers) after I tackled it with a sander and patched some of the bad places with drywall mud. The lower drawer had more issues with veneer. When the veneer was removed from the front panel, a large knot was exposed and it was like a crater. I filled it with mud as well. The small piece of trim was reattached with my nail gun.
Prepare to paint with HVLP Paint Sprayer
Apply light coats of primer with Paint Sprayer
It’s always so fulfilling after I get that first coat of primer on a piece of furniture. Having it all one color makes me smile.
Apply several light coats of top coat with paint sprayer
The next day I applied three light coats of top coat of a semi-gloss paint from Behr. This Polished Pearl is my favorite color of white.
TIP: Paint dresser with drawers in place.
How To Decoupage Wooden Dresser Knobs
Remove existing paint
These original wood knobs had several coats of paint. Instead of stripping them, I felt I had nothing to lose, so I soaked them in a pan of water overnight. The next morning the paint peeled off rather easily. I gave them a couple of light coats of paint with a very loved cheap chip brush. The tops of the knob got the least amount of paint, while I concentrated most of the paint on the underneath side.
Apply light coats of paint to original wooden dresser knobs
Already they look so much better! But wait! There’s MORE!
Print and Cut images to Decoupage Knobs
I downloaded pretty images from A Piece Of Rainbow. After I downloaded the images, I uploaded the one I wanted to use in Picmonkey and made several circles as one image. The image was printed on my inkjet printer onto regular printer paper. Cutting these circles out reminded me of my teacher days. You have NO idea how much stuff teachers of young children actually cut out over they lifetime!!
Use Glossy Mod Podge to make faux ceramic dresser knobs
Using a foam paint brush and Glossy Mod Podge I applied the fun paper cutouts. I did my application a little different than my friend Ananda.
Shape paper for decoupage knobs in palm
Applying a thin coat of Mod Podge on the back of the paper, and another thin coat on the knob—I centered the paper and placed it in my palm. Holding the knob in my palm allowed the paper to naturally flow over the edge of the knob. Each knob got about 2-3 more coats of the glossy Mod Podge to make them look shiny like glass or ceramic knobs.
Install original knobs onto dresser
I LOVE the way the original knobs look on the dresser now with their new outfits! Decoupaging the knobs was so quick and easy, you really should try it very soon!
I wish I had done this decoupage knob technique on that craft desk makeover I did recently!
I hope if you love this idea that you will pin this on pinterest for later.
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.