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DIY Kitchen Cabinet Hardware with Mod Podge

Spice up those boring kitchen cabinets with DIY kitchen cabinet hardware that you can make with Mod Podge! You can change them out whenever you like.

DIY Kitchen Cabinet Hardware with Mod Podge

Man Podger David has come up with a really interesting idea for DIY kitchen cabinet hardware. 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 David’s Mod Podge projects.

diy kitchen cabinet knobs

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), as well as keep it affordable.

Cabinets before

I was wandering through the hardware store when I saw these really big washers that cost $.39. My mind started percolating. For this DIY kitchen cabinet hardware, you will need:


DIY Cabinet Hardware

Gather These Supplies

  • 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
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Spray Paint
  • Sandpaper – 220 grit
  • X-Acto knife

Step 1

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.


Step 2

Spray paint the edges of the washers. Allow to dry.

Cutting Lines

Step 3

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.

Mod Podging

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

It will 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.

Edge Cutting

Step 6

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.

mod podge kitchen cabinet handle

Step 7: Attach to your cabinet and you’re done.

I used this method in the kitchen, but I’m also thinking this would be a good way to dress up any piece of furniture. This technique would be particularly nice for inexpensive finds (I’m lookin’ at you, IKEA dresser!).

I’d love to know what you think of this DIY kitchen cabinet hardware in the comments! Also please take a moment to visit the following projects:


Monday 22nd of August 2011

That is a sweeet idea! I love the look and little touch it adds.


Friday 19th of August 2011

That's a great idea!!! I'm goin to put that in mind and apply it when we update our kitchen very soon!


Thursday 11th of August 2011

We're in the process of getting some hand-me-down kitchen cabinets from my in-laws (long story), so I'm delighted by such an easy way to add a little of my own personality to what is 90% my mother-in-law's taste. Yay!


Wednesday 10th of August 2011

Brilliant. I particularly like the fact that when I decide to redo the kitchen (I repaper/repaint periodically when the mood strikes) I could put up a new set of washers and have a whole new look without major renovating. Thanks for combing the aisles of the hardware store scouting out these treasures.

Donna Gelineau

Wednesday 10th of August 2011

What a great idea!