Thursday, 8 November 2012

Budget Kitchen Redo - Part II

I can't wait any longer to show you this amazing transformation on the kitchen knobs!

The kitchen reno was scheduled for after my rental property sold.  Alas, that hasn't happened yet and it's sucking the financial life out of me!  Now, I'm scrambling to give the kitchen a new look the cheapest way possible.  If you missed Part I of how I got into this click here.

The original handles on the 1985 cabinetry disintegrated a couple of years ago and I replaced them with some chrome and porcelain knobs that were in a clearance bin for $1 each.  They were pretty boring but only intended for temporary use.  Now, I have to find a way to jazz them up.

I changed these into these! ~

The cost was zero and you won't believe how it's done!  I'd pinned this technique from a blog called Teal & Lime.  She has great ideas and you should pop over and check her out!

You are supposed to use a porcelain marker but she got the bright idea to use a regular Sharpie to colour the porcelain.  I gave the knobs a good scrub down and dried them off. ~

I had one Sharpie in the house and it was dark blue.  Cobalt blue is the colour I'm using for accents in the kitchen.

I coloured in the porcelain bits, moving in the same direction for all the strokes.  This is super simple to do and took all of about 10 minutes to do 17 knobs.  The ink will smear so try not to touch it until it has a couple of hours to dry.

After they have dried for a couple of hours, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and put the knobs in for 30 minutes. ~

They came out a perfect cobalt blue!  The metal isn't damaged from the oven heat and the ink is set enough to withstand the wear and tear of kitchen cupboard use.  ~

I love them!  They have a glossy sheen and pick up the light beautifully.  Although the camera seems to pick up the lines in the close up, you can't see them at all normally.  That may be because I used a dark colour. ~

Jackie, from Teal & Lime did hers in a Teal and treated the lines as part of the gemstone look. ~

This is such an awesome way to personalize those cheap, boring porcelain knobs!  Heck, you can do it with any ceramic that can take 30 mins. of 350 degree heat.  Dresser drawers will never be the same around here!

Cost for this part of the kitchen redo was ZERO!  Thanks, Jackie!

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