My daughters were given this lovely dresser - wonderfully functional - but missing a couple of drawer knobs.
Before I go any further, I should tell you...this project requires a little...patience (see I whispered it). Normally this word is not really high up their in my crafting vocabulary:) But you must let each coat of paint dry thoroughly before continuing. If not, paint will rub off, peel off and make you frustrated! Sometimes, if the coat of paint is thin, you may only have to wait ten minutes before continuing.
Sometimes, however, especially if you have to do more that 2 coats to make the color look full and complete, then you might have to wait much longer. Polka Dots also generally take much longer to dry, because they are thicker globs of paint, whereas the stripes are thinner coats.
So, getting back to it, after you have a white base coat you must start making decisions. Like which colors you are going to use.
I chose to use only 3 colors (plus white). These colors are in my daughter's bedspread, and match the room pretty well.
I like the look of painting the underside of the knob a different color than the top, so that is where I began.
I have tried painting knobs freehand before (see this much earlier post) - but frankly I am not thrilled with the results. I actually think I am a pretty good painter, and have a pretty steady hand, but small round knobs are very hard to paint freehand.
So this time around, I decided to be very precise, and use masking tape to section off my stripes and different colors, to make very crisp, clean lines. This is the same technique you use when painting a room, just on a much smaller scale:)
With 4 colors in my pallet (white, dark purple, light purple, and green) and 8 knobs, I painted 2 knob undersides with each color (or in white's case, just left is as the base coat).
Press to make a firm seal with the tape, all the way across until the ends meet up with the tape that surrounds the edge.
|Example: First Stripe on Drawer Knob 1|
|Example: First stripe on Drawer Knob 2|
|Example: After a few stripes have been done - and another piece of masking tape put down.|
I made some stripes thin, some thick, and just tried to make it aesthetically pleasing. There was no rhyme or reason to my patterns.
The stripes take a while, but are easier than the polka dots, in my opinion.
They take a while because each stripe must be sectioned off on either side with masking tape, painted, and dried before you can start the next stripe.
They are easier because there is less room for error since you have the tape as a guide.
There was no exact guide - such as the tape for the stripes. So, my advice is to make sure that there is sufficient paint on the round item you are using to make dots, but that it is not globby. Globby paint makes uneven circles. So, do a few polka dots, dipping the end into paint each time you make a new dot. Once the paint gets dry at all - or feels too thick - then wipe of your instrument and start fresh.
|I did try to make wide tape lines to stay within while polka dotting. Not sure if they helped a whole lot.|
I also made another set of black and white knobs here. Check those out as well!