Monday, July 1, 2013

Water Marbled Drawer Knobs

Today I will show you how to decorate your drawer knobs using the water marbling technique. This technique is originally done on finger nails but it's also a nice way to add a stone-like effect to your hardware. It's a little tricky and messy to do, so I advise to practice first before you do it on the final knobs.

You will need:
- barbecue stick
- base color nail polish
- white nail polish
- clear nail polish 
- drawer knob
- spray bottle
- and a cup of clean water

First, wipe your drawer knob and make sure there is no dust on the surface.

Paint your drawer knob using the base color. Cover the front face with two coats and let it dry for a couple of minutes.

Add about 5-6 drops of white nail polish on to your cup of water. The white nail polish should spread out as shown on the photo. If it does not spread out like this, it could mean that the water you used is not clean, or maybe a very thin layer of nail polish was not removed while you were practicing.

Use the spray bottle to spray 1-2 times on the white nail polish. The size of the holes depend on the distance of your spray bottle. So the closer your bottle is from the cup, the larger your holes. 

(In this step, I wasn't able to take photos because I was using my two hands)

Dip the drawer knob and let it stay submerged for about 20 seconds. While the drawer knob is still submerged, clean the remaining floating white nail polish with a barbecue stick. When there are no more traces of nail polish left afloat, you may now remove the knob from the water.

Here's another view:

Once the white nail polish has dried, add 2 coats of clear nail polish for that extra shine and for a smooth texture. And you're done :)

I hope you like this project and let me know what you think :)


  1. Such a fun idea, love the effect of these, thanks for sharing!

  2. Love how these turned out! These would look great with stark white cabinets or drawers <3

    1. Yes! They really do look good with white drawers especially a dresser or a white vanity :)

  3. These look beautiful, great idea! :)

  4. Really well done! A great way to turn plain jane knobs into something special.

    1. Thank you, Karen! You should try them yourself :)

  5. what a fab idea, thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow what a great idea! So original to use nail polish. Thanks for sharing 😊

  7. What do you mean by "clean the remaining floating white nail polish with a barbecue stick"? Swivel the stick around until the nail polish dissipates?

    1. If you dip the barbecue stick, the white nail polish will cling to it. Move it around until all the excess nail polish adheres to the barbecue stick.

  8. Great idea, I think it would be a good idea to then spary on a clear gloss spray paint so that it doesn't scratch off though. Nail polish peels off of things fairly easily.

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