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! ~
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. ~
Cost for this part of the kitchen redo was ZERO! Thanks, Jackie!
I'm sharing this great idea with ~ Sunny Simple Sunday, Inspire Me Monday, Fantabulous Friday, Simply Creation's Link Party, Wildly Original Link Party, Creative Blogger's Party & Hop, DIY Project Parade, Make It Pretty Monday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Transformed Tuesday, Link It Up Thursday, Creative Things Thursday, Inspiration Friday, Feathered Nest Friday
Hey that is amazing! Sharpie, go figure. I think the lines do make it look gem like that's awesome Maureen!ReplyDelete
Brilliant Maureen!!! They look beautiful - and I totally agree that those lines look gem like - wow - I'm amazed, they look like they cost a fortune!ReplyDelete
You can't see the lines in the dark colour. I'd stick with Sharpie brand as I've heard some other markers change colour.ReplyDelete
Amazing. I wonder how Jackie stumbled on that idea. Guess I'd better hop over to her blog. Your handles look cool! I'm a major fan of cobalt.ReplyDelete
Wow! This is a brilliant idea. Sharpie markers are the best - so many uses for them! Your cabinet handles look amazing! Great job.ReplyDelete
Also, I love the color of your cabinets. Do you mind if I ask what color you used? I'm getting ready to paint some cabinets and I would love to try out your shade. Thanks!
Have a great day!!
I just read Part I of the kitchen reno and got the paint color! As soon as I hit "publish" on my comment, I thought, hmmm....I should have read the part 1 post to see if the paint color was there before I asked the question - haha! Thank you for posting the color!ReplyDelete
The handles look great Maureen. I find that a camera often picks up things that you can't see with the naked eye. They look great on your newly painted cabinets - can't wait for the whole reveal !ReplyDelete
Supreme. This girl bows down and tells you its fantastic.ReplyDelete
Love, love, love your kitchen accent color.
Ha ha,...that is brilliant. How in the world was she brave enough to try it out. Well, whatever, good news for you. This is really getting exciting. Can't wait to see it all together.ReplyDelete
This is my kind of makeover - free! And they turned out great. I LOVE how the "unevenness" is part of the appeal - no perfection required! Thanks for much for sharing this. Will definitely keep in mind.ReplyDelete
That is brilliant. I like free too.ReplyDelete
What an amazing cheap idea and you know how much I love blue, cant wait to see the kitchen, it looks so bright. Great job Maureen.ReplyDelete
Holy smokes Maureen! I'm catching up after my 11 day hiatus and I sure picked a good blog and post to start with!!! This is amazing and I am so trying it out on some other porcelain stuff I have! Rockin girl!ReplyDelete
Darn that Sharpie comes in handy!! Yuse a genius again Maureen...looks fabulous!ReplyDelete
very nice! I love how they turned out - so pretty!ReplyDelete
What a brilliant idea, and they look great!ReplyDelete
Oh you clever girl! These are lovely!ReplyDelete
I love the blue, it is a happy pop of color in the busy kitchen!ReplyDelete
I am still collecting all of your super-inexpensive kitchen tips. I have decided to start after Christmas. After reading this I will be looking for some porcelain knobs to redo. I seem to remember a bagful of them for $2 at Habitat.ReplyDelete
hi Maureen ... just catching up on your blogs and this idea is exactly what I need. Your handles look great and so much like mine that I need to change. I have some questions, so will email you. Take care my friend.ReplyDelete
What a genius idea, Maureen!!! Love it!!! They look fabulous in your kitchen!!ReplyDelete
What a great idea! The hard part would be what color to choose! Yours look really good in your kitchen!ReplyDelete
Maureen they turned out wonderful! I am definitely going to use this technique. I'm featuring you on Transformed Tuesday. Thanks so much for linking up. Hugs, PeggyReplyDelete