Custom Pewter Kitchen Cabinet Knobs

I have finally finished my kitchen. It was a long slog of sanding and painting but I am very happy with the result.

hand painted painted kitchen

The worst bit was re-aataching the cupboard doors after they had been painted. Suffice to say that I never want to see another kitchen cabinet hinge again! Whilst witnessing my sighs and mutterings (as I tried to get all the doors straight by adjusting one of three mysterious screws in each hinge) my husband helpfully suggested we ‘get a man in’. He is, of course a man himself, but although he has many talents, adjusting kitchen cabinet hinges isn’t one of them! I had got this far without ‘getting a man in’ and I wasn’t about to give up at the last hurdle.

farrow and ball painted kitchen

The cabinets were refinished in Farrow & Ball’s Bone – a lovely restful colour that is neither grey nor green.

I created some custom pewter knobs for the cupboard doors – each with a tiny pen & ink drawing, in the style of a victorian engraving, of animals, curios and household bits and pieces.

custom kitchen door knobs

Here are the whole set – all 21 of them!

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If you are interested in finding out more about how I made them… read on!

pewter cupboard knob

I started with some customisable pewter knobs from The Crafty Store on Etsy. They have a flat recessed face that will accept a 25mm circular paper insert. This was covered with a glass cabochons (25mm domed discs of glass) which fit over the top of the paper insert to protect, and magnify, it.

mod podge

I also needed a 25mm circular punch, some of the wonderfully named Mod Podge (to seal the drawings) and Diamond Glaze (to glue it all together)

I drew the little pictures onto circles cut from wallpaper samples using my Rotring technical pens.

wallpaper samples

Here are some of them (I didnt use the letters in the end)!

pen and ink drawings

Each paper disc then had to be sealed with several coats of Mod Podge to prevent the colours from running or reacting with the metal. The inside of the pewter knobs were also sealed as sometimes the metal can cause discolouration. I then glued each paper disc to the flat side of the glass cabochon using a drop of Diamond Glaze. When it was dry the glass cabochon with the paper disc attached was glued into the pewter knob.

I had a lot of fun experimenting with different inserts…

custom cabinet knob ideas

I love some of the simple graphics – numbers and letters and the maps… but for my kitchen project I stuck with the pen & ink drawings as they complimented the look I was after.

set of custom pewter knobs

Time consuming but lots of fun!

So it is done at last and the tools are back where they belong – in the garage!

Now back to some printmaking!


Kitchen renovations interrupt printmaking

I’ve had to put printmaking aside for a couple of months while I satisfy one of my New Year Resolutions – to renovate my kitchen. When we moved in just over a year ago, we inherited a brown 1980’s kitchen – dark brown varnished units (but solid oak), brown tiles, beige floor and carpet (yes, carpet) under the kitchen table – completely unsuitable for children and dogs – plus the piece de resistance – the wallpaper, complete with names and drawings of common herbs (does anyone else remember this design? – It was very popular in the 80’s/90’s)

1980's oak kitchen


Oh, and did I mention that the kitchen was very, very dark? See how many spotlights are on for the photo?!

In the interests of upcycling, and the fact that the kitchen units, though dated, are solid oak, it seemed wrong to rip it all out… so I began the long process of sanding and repainting the cabinets and doors.

So here is the kitchen as it looks now – at the mid way point!

semi renovated kitchen


We have opened up the roof with Velux windows to let in more light and removed the wall units. Plus we took out the peninsula which chopped the room in half. A new slate-like porcelain floor is in (the best decision I ever made as it doesn’t show the dirt and is maintenance free – after limestone in the last house – never again!) and new worktops – Kashmir White granite – white with flecks of green and grey.

The cabinet carcasses have been sanded and painted (Farrow and Ball’s Bone Eggshell) and all 21 doors and 6 drawers are in my studio, having had the first of 4 coats. Here are some of them.

cabinet doors



There is also a new blind for the window which I never tire of looking at as it was made from fabric designed by Mark Hearld – a printmaker!

mark hearld fabric blind



So bear with me for a few more weeks on the print-making front while I do the next 3 coats of paint on my 21 doors and 6 drawers! I do have some wonderful plans for some custom made cabinet door knobs which I will share with you soon.