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Fabric, paper and paint for knobs

Pine and plastic knobs are an affordable way to dress up or update furniture, but they lack personality. Use fabric, paper or paint to turn plain pine or plastic knobs into wonderful, pretty embellishments for any piece of furniture.


Fabric, paper and paint are an easy way to transform ordinary pine knobs into decorative embellishments that you can add to furniture.

When using fabric and paper to cover knobs, all you need to use is clear acrylic sealer or ModPodge to apply and seal the covered knobs and add protection. You can buy clean acrylic sealer at any Prominent Paints store and it comes in 1 litre and 5 litre containers.

Paint is probably the easiest method for transforming pine knobs and there are a wide selection of paints you can use. To paint pine or plastic knobs, lightly sand with 180-grit before painting and then apply your choice of paint. Choose from acrylic craft paint or chalk paint and then apply 3 to 4 coats of clear acrylic sealer or ModPodge to protect the painted knobs.

GOOD TO KNOW: When wrapping knobs with fabric, secure with an elastic band while you glue onto the knob and coat with clear acrylic sealer or ModPodge. When dry, remove the elastic and trim away excess fabric at the back of the knob. Smooth and cover with clear acrylic sealer or ModPodge.


Using decorative paper to cover pine or plastic knobs allows you to choose a pattern that adds to your furniture makeover or update. If you are decorating a children's bedroom, you can select paper that adds to the theme of the room.

When applying decoupage to pine or plastic knobs, lightly sand with 180-grit sandpaper before applying a neutral base coat of paint. The base coat prevents the wood showing through the paper. Leave the paint to dry.

GOOD TO KNOW: If you are going to be doing more than a couple of knobs, make up a board with screws to hold the knobs firm while you work.

Cut the paper to fit over the pine knob, with excess to wrap around the back. Cover the knob with a liberal application of clear acrylic sealer or ModPodge and place the cut paper over this. Gently smooth over with a fingertip to remove any trapped air bubbles and wrinkles. Let the sealer dry and then apply 3 or 4 more coats, allowing drying time between each coat.

Acrylic craft paint is an easy way to apply designs to boring knobs - pine or plastic. Choose paint colours that complement the decor already in the room.

Be on the lookout for serviettes or craft paper that contains images that can easily be cut out and transferred onto plain knobs.

Find inspiration online for designs that can be painted onto knobs. These days you don't need to be an artist - print out and decoupage if you're not that good at painting.

Carefully select and cut out fabric or paper for your pine or plastic knobs. Try to choose a design that sits centrally on the knob.

Look online for vintage labels that can be printed out to decoupage onto pine or plastic knobs. Coat with clear acrylic sealer or ModPodge.

Your design choices are unlimited. You can always pop online to gather inspiration to decoupage or paint knobs - pinterest has hundreds of ideas for painting knobs for furniture.


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