Man Podger David has come up with a really interesting idea for DIY handles. It’s an affordable solution if you are forced to go with the “standard issue” handles that you can get in a bin at Lowe’s or Home Depot. It just goes to show that just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean your decor has to look like it.
Take a peek at David’s project, and then visit all the rest of the Man Podger projects.
I recently renovated my fixer-upper kitchen. I’m very happy with it, but in an attempt to save a little money I kinda wussed out on the handles for the cabinets and went with pretty basic, affordable knobs. They look fine but I’ve wanted to “kick it up a notch” (as Emeril would say) but keep it affordable.
I was wandering through the hardware store when I saw these really big washers that cost .39 and my mind started percolating.You will need:
Washers – size is up to you (they come in a bewildering number of sizes) – just make sure the hole in the middle will fit the screw for your knob handle.
Paper – I didn’t have any red paper that was the right color so I made my own based on a kitchen blessing/poem I found; but this is the perfect place to use up those scraps of scrap paper.
Sandpaper – 220 grit
Lightly sand the edges and one side of the washers. This will help the paint stick to the edges and give a little bit more traction for the Mod Podge later on.
Spray paint the edges of the washers. Allow to dry.
Lay your washers out on the back of the paper and draw cutting lines that give yourself about a half an inch extra all the way around.
Using your foam brush and mod podge attach the paper to the side of the washer that you scuffed up in Step 1. Use your fingers or a roller to squeeze out any air bubbles or excess Mod Podge and allow to dry.
Flip the washers over and give them a nice seal coat of Mod Podge. This will both stiffen the paper making it easier to cut around the washers and also, make the finished product stand up well to cleaning (cause we all know the area around a handle of any kind gets dirty). Allow this top coat to dry thoroughly.
Using a very sharp craft knife carefully cut around the edges of washers. Make sure your knife is really sharp otherwise the edge can get a bit ragged. Then flip the washer over (image side up) and cut around the edge of the hole in the middle.
Attach to your cabinet and you’re done.
I used this in the kitchen but I’m also thinking this would be a good way to dress up any piece of furniture that seems nice but a little basic (I’m lookin’ at you Ikea dresser!).