I’m always amazed by how quickly you can change the look of something with a simple coat of paint. Here’s the desk and counter in our project room at our office. We wanted to jazz up the blue knobs without spending much money. We’re leasing the space so we can’t make any major changes, but we wanted to do something so that the knobs didn’t stick out as much. The solution? Paint.
Here’s the final look. As you can see, the newly painted knobs blend into the white desk and don’t attract as much attention. They almost disappear — which is exactly what we wanted. Other than the paint, and a bit of elbow grease and time, this little DIY project barely cost anything at all.
- Paint (we used leftover eggshell latex paint)
- Sand paper
- Masking tape
Time: a couple of hours (depends on drying time)
Here’s what we did:
We wanted the knobs to blend in with the desk so we painted them a light colour and since matching whites is nearly impossible we didn’t even try. Instead, we used a greyish-white paint that was leftover from painting the walls.
As you see below, the knobs had been painted several times. No need for priming or sanding, we’ll save the sanding for last.
The first step was to wrap a piece of masking tape around the screws on the bottom of each knob. We’re going to use this to hang them to dry once we’re finished painting. Then we gave the knobs two light coats of paint to cover the dark blue (you don’t want the paint to accumulate in blobs on the knobs).
Once they were completely dry, we screwed all the knobs back onto the drawers, gently sanded the tops and gave them a final touch of paint to make the tops nice and shiny.
Is this a project you would do to an old desk or dresser?