Making German Glass Glitter Knobs

I am working on recreating another old 80s dresser and wanted some knobs that really added some sparkle to the piece.  I usually tend to go with knobs that blend in or melt away all together (like glass ones) but for this piece I really wanted them to stand out and accentuate the beauty of the gorgeous light blue paint.  To do this, I came up with the idea of making German Glass Glitter knobs and I have to say, they turned out even better than I could have imagined!making German Glass Glitter knobs with Miss Mustard Seed German Glass GlitterI began with two sizes of plain wooden knobs.
Side note:  I get most of my knobs from Lee Valley Tools as they have a HUGE selection.  I think I may actually be addicted to looking through their knobs online because there are just so many gorgeous ones! wooden knobs before paintingI attached the screws that came with them to each one as it makes them much easier to hold when painting. using Country Chic paint to paint wooden knobsI then painted the sides and the under part of each knob with a narrow, thin brush.  using floral foam to dry painted knobsI left the top unpainted so that I could press it into a piece of floral foam.  Pushing the screws into the floral foam allowed the paint to dry on all parts of the knob without them being touched.  painting tops of wooden knobsOnce they were in the floral foam, I painted the tops to each one and then later gave them all a second coat of paint. painted wooden knobsFor these knobs, I used Miss Mustard Seed’s German Glass Glitter.  If you have never heard of, or used German glass glitter, is literally crushed up glass with silver!  It comes from a factory in German that has been producing this glass glitter for over 100 years!!  Because it has real silver in it, it will tarnish over time but in my opinion that makes it even more lovely.  It is definitely not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill glitter.  painting a knob with glueTo get the glitter to stick in place, I generously “painted” each knob top with white glue.  dipping painted and glued knobs into german glass glitterI then dabbed and rolled it into the glass glitter and pushed down to make sure it was all securely stuck in place.  back of German Glass Glitter knobsI only wanted the glass glitter to stick to the end/top of the knob so that when you are opening the drawers you can pull on the under side of the knob where the paint is and not on the glitter.  german glass glitter knobsOnce the glitter is in place, I let them dry and then tapped each one to get rid of any loose glitter.  making German Glass Glitter knobs with Miss Mustard Seed German Glass Glitter

I love how easy and beautifully sparkly these knobs are and can’t wait to show you what they look like on the finish dresser!  Stay tuned…

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8 Comments on " Making German Glass Glitter Knobs "

  1. Lisa

    This is such a cute idea, Lisa, I would have never in a million years thought to put german glitter glass on a knob! So clever! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Lisa

      🙂 Sometimes I can’t even believe what I think up. LOL 🙂 They do look gorgeous on the piece though… can’t wait to share the final look!

  2. Lisa

    You have me quite intrigued. I can’t wait to see how you use them.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

    1. Lisa

      🙂 Pics and a post will be coming soon… it’s almost done 🙂

  3. Lisa

    Very creative way to add bling to knobs. Love the colors you chose.

    1. Lisa

      Isn’t bling wonderful?! 🙂

  4. Lisa

    So interesting! Does the glitter not come off when you use the knob? Visiting from Flaunt It Friday party.

    1. Lisa

      It hasn’t so far 🙂 We’ll see how it holds up over time. It is only on the front of each knob so that you can pull the drawer out without actually having to touch the glitter so that helps and the glue keeps it snuggly in place. It will be a great experiment to see how it holds up 🙂

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