I never grow weary of the two-minute makeover. I don’t always want to spray paint or stencil something. Some things are sentimental. Some things were expensive gifts. Some things look pretty good, as-is. But some things have pulls that look like stripper tassels. And some of these things have been waiting 10 years for a mini-makeover until, one day, when a knob actually falls off, and I decide to make a quick change.
My grandma bought me this little armoire, which houses my jewellery, scarves, spare pairs of glasses, etc. I absolutely love it because the doors swing open and inside it has a million different compartments and mini drawers for storage. We recently hit Lee Valley to find replacements for the stripper-tassel pulls, so I could love it more. After a miss (luckily, LV has a great return policy), I found a style that works (here’s the link). They actually only had four of the size I wanted, so I opted for a size bigger for the bottom two drawers. A happy accident, because I think it works.
Our “tools”: pocket knife and itty bitty screw driver.
We had to make a teeny slit in the felt lining to access the screws (hence the pocket knife, but an exact-o knife would do the trick), but otherwise it was an easy switch.
Here’s the before. Gosh, it looks sad.
|An old photo, before I tweaked the paintings|
A little side-by-side comparison:
And the after.
I like how the knobs better suit the existing hinges . . .
. . . plus, the new squarish knobs look good with the headboard and also the square finials on the curtain rods, without being too matchy-matchy.
I love a good knob story (gosh, I hope that doesn’t mean something dirty). I am actually a compulsive knob changer: we changed every interior doorknob from brass to silver (except one in the basement, but it’s on the chopping block), plus the exterior door, kitchen cupboards, half bath vanity and my filing cabinet all got a knob makeover. I would have loved to have DIY’d some kind of makeover but, like so much in this house, most knobs didn’t work. Sigh. Yep, I spend a lot of time with the Lee Valley hardware catalog.