Hello and welcome, or welcome back if you’ve visited before.
Today I thought I’d talk about handles!
Changing them can make such a difference to the look of a piece of furniture but as you know they can be quite expensive. So I thought I’d give you a tutorial on how to decoupage a wooden drawer knob. Decoupage, such a posh word, all it means is to decorate a surface with paper!
I like to use pretty tissues or paper napkins (especially my favourite Cath Kidston, I love her patterns), the paper is thin, which makes it easier to work with.
If you’d like to have a go you’ll need: A wooden drawer knob, paint colour of your choice, a small brush, PVA glue, spray varnish, scissors and a pretty tissue or napkin.
I also like to use a small piece of wood with a few long screws through it to hold the knob whilst it’s being worked on. I know it looks like an instrument of torture but it really works, just be careful how you store it!
Before you start painting you need to make sure the drawer knob is clean and lightly sanded, so you have a good surface to paint on and then apply a couple of coats of your chosen colour. I’ve chosen a contrasting colour to the paper so you can see what I’m doing but if you match the paint to the paper the effect is even better!
Whilst this is drying take your tissue or napkin and cut out a circle that will fit on top of your drawer knob, choosing a good part of the pattern.
Make sure you don’t use the bit of the tissue with the indentations on as this will show on the finished item. You can get a slightly different effect by cutting around the pattern as with the rose knob above but we’ll keep it simple for now.
Now you need to peel away the top, thin layer with the pattern on it, away from the other layers. This makes it easier to paste to the rounded drawer knob with less creasing.
Thoroughly wash the paint from your brush and then take a small amount of PVA glue and thin it down slightly with a drop or two of water, just to make it easier to spread. Apply a thin layer of this mix to the drawer knob and carefully apply your paper. Very delicately use the brush to smooth outwards from the centre of the circle to avoid creasing the paper. The paper is extremely weak at this stage and you can have an issue with the ink in the paper bleeding, so gently does it!
Don’t worry if it looks slightly cloudy at this stage the PVA will go clear as it dries.
Now let the whole thing dry fully before finishing with a couple of layers of spray varnish for a durable finish. If you use a gloss varnish your drawer knob will almost look like china for a fraction of the price.
Just do as many as you need and add to your furniture for a new exclusive look. Ta Da!
I hope you found this little tutorial helpful and don’t forget I’m always here if you need any help.