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HARDWARE MATTERS-Distressed Dresser with Red Knobs

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
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Most of you guys know me pretty well.

I get a little crazy sometimes.

One thing I’m passionate about when doing a furniture makeover is the hardware.

You may have read my earlier post on creative hardware ideas.

If you did then you know I have a very large selection of drawer pulls, handles, garden faucets, or anything unique that can be repurposed as furniture hardware.

distressed dresser red knobs

The drawer pulls, handles, hinges, etc. on the furniture piece is at least as important as the paint finish.

Sometimes more important.

If the paint technique or color is a little ho-hum then the furniture piece needs something that grabs you.


dresser project before

Take this vintage dresser as an example.

I purchased it at My Favorite Junk Store for $30. I liked the blue color but the paint was chipping off or scratched off in several places.

The knobs were definitely ho-hum.

I’ve also talked about “work with what is there” like the Red, White, and Blue Chest I picked up at the Nashville Flea Market.

And since the blue paint on the dresser was a nice color I decided to work with that.


distressed dresser

I distressed the heck out of the drawers and did some moderate distressing on the body.


spray paint

I selected a few drawer pulls that I thought might work.


spray painted hardware

I used gray spray paint primer, then a red spray paint I had on hand.


red drawer pulls distressed dresser

Because the distressed wood had a raw look to it I used a dark wax over the entire dresser.

It made the blue paint a little more turquoisy (new word I invented according to spell check).

blue paint red hardware furniture makeover


As Jase from Duck Dynasty would say, “I like it”.

Now some of you may not like it.

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The distressing may be too over the top like my really distressed dresser with turquoise knobs.

Wow, did I get a response on that makeover.

Some of my readers loved it and some hated it.

If you don’t like one of my makeovers and you communicate that in a tactful manner, that’s ok.

It would be a boring world if everyone liked the same thing!

I value your opinion.

So let me know what you think of this one.

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46 Responses

  1. Donna Kay says:

    Kathy! I absolutely love it!!! And you were right, the turquoisy touch was needed (spell check just needs to add this word!) Great job!

  2. chris aka monkey says:

    kathy…one of the reasons i learned how to follow peoples blogs was so i could follow yours from hometalk..and while it is true i maybe wouldn’t have a piece or two you have done in my home i can see them being in other peoples home you have a great eye and a no holds barred ‘tude and that i love i happen to love this one and think the red knobs set it off xx

    • Kathy Owen says:

      Chris, thanks for the great comment and I’m glad you found how to follow other bloggers. There is so much inspiration out there. My problem is I like so many blogs and bloggers I can’t keep up with all of them everyday!

  3. Marcee says:

    Makes a huge difference!!

    Actually, I love red, white and blue. Our front porch has those shades. Usually t-blue doesn’t seem to work though. The stronger shades of r, w & b are my faves. On the other hand, this dresser works. Very attractive!

  4. Marcee says:

    Ooops …. forgot to mention …. what a fantabulous bargin for 30 smackers! Really amazing. Recycling fun (!!) furniture is the best thing ever.

    Whomever (wish it could be moi) purchases …. ENJOY!

  5. Kathy says:

    For a girl that doesn’t like overly distressed furniture your pieces are charming! I love the look and the red knobs are perfect! The size is correct and color is a great contrast. I also love how you sorted through and you stash and sprayed them! A girl after my own heart! I’ve been looking for a desk to fix up for my sewing room like this perhaps a little bigger, but where I live they seem to not exist!

  6. Jennifer says:

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Probably my favorite piece to date. And thank for the constant inspiration to my pieces. Every week you give me inspiration to go crazy and out of the box…and I am loving every minute of it. :)

  7. Cynthia says:

    I personally really like the distressing. For me personally, I would have chosen colored glass knobs if it was going in my home. It would flow better in my home but for someone else’s home I can really see this working. I am just not a red knob person but that would never steer me in another direction when it came to buying this piece, for sure. You do such a great job!


  8. Linda Petersen says:

    Hi Kathy~~~ I love this piece!! It’s gorgeous~~~love the red knobs:0)

    Linda, Chino Valley, AZ.

  9. regina says:

    I like it!! The only thing I would change is to use the smaller knobs (far left, bottom row in know photo) on the top drawers. The plain knobs still look kitchen to me, even with the red paint, a tad too big and too much the same size the knobs on the bottom drawers.

  10. Wow! I really Love how you gave that little piece such a substantial sexy new look. You had me at the red hardware, Kathy! But all the distressing just made it perfection. Very nice!
    Cheers to you and yours,
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  11. Andrea says:

    LOVE!!! The red knobs are not as gaudy as I thought they would be…but this is CLASSIC KATHY MAKEOVER!! Pure GENIUS!
    I have a wrought iron bench that was my husband’s grandma’s from the 1920’s…i have re leatherish fabric to cover the padded seat with. I wish you would do a makeover on something wrought iron! Give me a good idea….You Go Girl!

  12. Ande says:

    I love it! I never thought of using different knobs on the same piece of furniture! It looks so cute!

  13. I really like this piece and the knobs look great!
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  14. This piece is one of my all=time favorite of yours. I love the distressed drawers and the bright red knobs. The finished picture gives a much better view than the first which was the original. I can see the long legs and rollers on the bottom. I love it!

  15. Kathy, I absolutely love it. I love the fact that you did a makeover without picking up a paintbrush. As much as we all love to paint sometimes it’s just not needed. This piece is a great example. The pulls do make the piece. The old ones never would have worked. I’m so glad you linked up on Throwback Thursday again! Kim

  16. You do such nice work and it’s so creative!
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  17. Alli says:

    Those red drawer pulls make it pop! And I love it! It’s easy to see why you were one of our features on Throwback Thursday last week!
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  18. You always do such great work Kathy! I love this and the red knobs really do make it!
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  19. Corinne says:

    Absolutely love this to death! Big fan of the red, white, and blue!!!!! Thanks for sharing. ~ Corinne

  20. Allison says:

    Love, love, love this!! Bold yet refined! Perfect!

  21. Love the boldness! Bold not boring! :)
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  22. James says:

    I focus on the newer furnishings for the home nowadays, but this is stunning I love what you did with the color and new handles it is very pretty!


  23. laura j says:

    Oh my! I love this! It might just be my favorite out of everything you have posted!
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  24. Donna Wilkes says:

    Just because this is bold, beautiful, and in-your-face distressed I have become a Bloglovin’ follower of yours. Turq-wah-zy is definitely my kind of style. Plus I live just ten miles from Petticoat Junction, SC!
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  26. Peggy says:

    Love Love Love it and I love your motto, similiar to mine “Come big or stay home” Great Piece Congrats!

  27. Petria says:

    I just found your blog and will follow you from now on! I agree that the hardware on a piece can really make it stand out. And I do like the red with the distressed blue. Super job!

  28. love this piece! it turned out gorgeous, would love to feature, let me know if that’s ok

  29. Ok, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! What an awesome job, I would be in a TON of trouble if I lived close to a place where I could things like this up. SO Awesome!! Thanks for sharing at the diy Sunday showcase!
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  31. I love the distressed drawers on this and the new color(and new word) that the dark wax created is perfect. But the red knobs are killer! What a great statement they make! :)
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  33. This is BEAUTIFUL!! The red and the distressed look! LOVE! I’m pinning this one to our board!! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!

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  35. I LOVE it Kathy! And the “new” shiny red knobs suit it so well!
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  36. leahbeth says:

    absolutely beautiful! wouldn’t change a thing about it!!

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  39. I too love to “over distress” some of my pieces! I love the look even though it can be controversial. The most recent distressed piece I did, I put onto this week’s Miss Mustard Seed’s FFF party as well. Check it out and tell me what you think. It is number 33~distressed chest & etched dandelion. You did a wonderful job, love it!

  40. Lori says:

    WOW!!! I love your bold look. I would never have thought of putting red knobs on that dresser, and I am so glad you did! It looks incredible. You have given me courage to try some new things on my designs. Thanks

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  42. Incredible transformation you have made with this dresser. Congrats and some brilliant work.

  43. katie says:

    hi, i absolutely love what you’ve done with this piece of furniture. I was just wondering if you used a clear wax on it before you used the wax glaze. I heard that the dark wax will stain the paint if you don’t use clear first.

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