Anthropologie-Inspired Numbered Knobs {with Mod Podge!}

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It seems like my bedroom makeover has been going on for months.  My inspiration started with a HUGE CB2 print of ostriches on roller skates.  Little by little, the gray, chartreuse, white, and deep purple color scheme has started to come together.  My husband and I had bought two IKEA Hemnes nightstands, and they have served us well so far.  However, I wanted to do a little something to make the tables a little more unique. When I stumbled upon this amazing tutorial from Beckie at Infarrantly Creative in which she recreated the Anthropologie Lucky Number Knobs with craft store supplies, I knew I needed to try it myself.  I highly suggest following her tutorial, as I followed it step-by-step (with a small deviation at the end) and had great success. While Beckie suggested using Envirotex Lite to give her knob their beautiful gloss, I decided to go with a layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to give the glossy, ceramic-like texture and appearance seen in the inspiration knobs.  It worked like a charm.  I first punctured two holes in a piece of cardboard and put my near-finished knobs in, screw side down so they stood upright (like a mushroom).  I then dripped the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic onto the top of the knob so that it covered the entire knob.  Do not use a brush for this step, as it thins out the Mod Podge.  I then cleaned up the excess Mod Podge that had dripped onto the cardboard with a damp towel and left the knobs to dry overnight.  When I woke up, the knobs were perfectly glossy and had a hard, clear layer on them. Here’s an up close photo, though it is not really accurate.  My camera is not catching the glossy, enamel-like finish of the knobs and it also looks like there are little imperfections on the knobs which are not there in real life.  I guess that might be the light bouncing off the gloss.  But, I know a few of you asked for close ups, so here it is!

The color of the knob was inspired by this gorgeous chair I inherited from my great grandfather.  The deep seated, mid-century modern chair is upholstered in a back-in-vogue, pea green (wool?) fabric and has fabulous square legs.

1 kings lane chair

I had been looking for a chair for my bedroom for years, so when I found this beauty in my grandmother’s house, I jumped on it.  If you are in the market for a new chair and don’t have the luxury of shopping your family’s basement, check out the selection at One Kings Lane.  They even have a resource guide for learning more about the chair styles that are best for your space!

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  1. DIL,
    Would like to see a close up of the knob. Use the force, Luke, and your macro lens.

  2. Oh my gosh it turned out beautiful. I absolutely adore it! Off to share on my FB page.

  3. I love the Hemnes line at Ikea. One of my big projects this year is repainting and redecorating our bedroom. I think those nightstands would be perfect for ours, too.

    I love how you personalized the knobs! And yes, I’d love a close up of the knob to view all of its loveliness.
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  4. First of all I love Ikea. Second of all, this project is awesome. What a great way to spruce up an otherwise “normal” piece of furniture. I love it!
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  5. Wow, I love this! I should do this with my daughter’s plain white knobs on her dresser.
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  6. Adorable! I just love Mod Podge! Great job.
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  7. Super cute! Never underestimate the ability of a knob to transform a piece of furniture! Great chair too!
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  8. Jessica @eatsleepbe says:

    Came out great. Love that celadon color too.


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