Tutorial on how to decoupage drawer knobs with Cath Kidston napkins
Decoupage drawer knobs was mentioned at the “Paint Party” on Friday night. This was a very informal relaxed affair where I demonstrated the techniques of using Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan to upcycle a piece of furniture. There was a lot of opportunities for asking loads of questions; and of course the subject of decoupage was top of the bill. I’m a big fan of using Cath Kidston napkins for decoupage. They are such pretty patterns and designs; and napkins are so paper thin that I find them easier to work with.
First things first…gather your materials. I found these drawer knobs in a local B & M shop (£1.79 for 2). I bought my Cath Kidston napkins from the store in Belfast; but you could also get them on eBay. I used Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan for the base coat. You will need two paintbrushes, and some PVA glue.
The next stage is to give the drawer knobs a couple of coats of paint. While the coats of paint are drying, cut a section out of your napkin. Cut enough to cover the whole surface of the drawer knob. Separate out the top of layer of the napkin and discard the rest. Napkins are usually 2 or 3 ply, but for decoupage you will only need the top layer.
Thoroughly wash the paint from your brush. When the coats of paint are dry, cover the whole surface of the drawer knob with a very thin layer of PVA glue using the washed out paint brush. Lay the napkin piece that you have cut very delicately on top of the drawer knob. It will immediately adhere to the PVA. The tip here is to work gently but quickly.
Using a dry brush, lightly smooth the napkin onto the drawer knob, working from the centre out to avoid wrinkles and creasing.
Leave napkins to dry. When they are fully dry, trim off the excess napkin to neaten the edge on the back of the drawer knob.
Finally coat the whole of the drawer knob with a thin layer of water based, polyurethane matt varnish.
Ta daa! 🙂
The perfect way to update your furniture for a fraction of the price. My motto…throw nothing out! 🙂