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Replacement Furniture Knobs Update A Painted Nightstand

When considering painting a piece of furniture you might think about how decorative knobs add charm and give the furniture a totally different vibe.


Think about the look you are going for and change out the original furniture knobs for knobs that will stand out and make a statement.

How To Paint Furniture And Select Decorative Furniture Knobs

Neighbor Offers Me Free Furniture Petticoat Junktion nightstand freebie

Furniture Project

The nightstand is part of the free furniture haul from my neighbor. Sometimes I feel guilty when people give me things for free because I spruce them up and sell them in my booth. Does that make sense?

The original faux antique white paint look was not real pretty. You can definitely tell the furniture is new. 

After I paint and sell the free pieces I may do something nice for my neighbor. They have 4 daughters and our granddaughters play with the three youngest when the girls come to visit.

runner repairs needed for nightstand project Petticoat Junktion

Furniture Repairs

The runners on the nightstand were in bad shape and the drawers wouldn’t stay in so the JTS made some new runners. This is often the time consuming part of any furniture makeover…..the repairs. The most costly part too.

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The JTS is the best! The runner works perfectly. The drawer glides smoothly in and out of the body.

It was a bit of a learning curve for him but he got it done. Of course I wasn’t around to take photos.

Dragonfly color Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint Petticoat Junktion furniture project

Paint Selection

The paint color is Dragonfly by Delta Ceramcoat. It’s a matte acrylic paint and water based like my favorite latex paints. I wasn’t sure about the color until I opened the jar….then bam!

The paint container is made of the cloudy plastic stuff and I couldn’t tell how bold the color was until I opened the jar. Bold….Bright…Beautiful….my kind of color!

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The perfect color for a girls room……a girl of any age. I brushed on two coats of paint.

The paint covered really well but I always go for two coats because there will be small areas in the corners or around the edges I miss the first time.

applying Delta Ceramcoat clear wax Petticoat Junktion project

Furniture Wax

I applied a clear coat of Ceramcoat wax. Sometimes I use a brush to apply the wax and sometimes a rag. I let the wax dry overnight then buffed with a lint free rag (old sheet).

painting furniture and adding decorative furniture knobs


Selecting Decorative Furniture Knobs

I could have used the original white knobs or I could have painted them the same color as the nightstand. But I didn’t do either.

I chose the decorative black and white knobs from my stash. The contrast is perfect. The knobs are from Hobby Lobby (half-price).

how to add decorative furniture knobs when doing a furniture makeover



As you can see I very lightly distressed the pretty details above the drawer and the edges of the furniture. A little distressing adds to the charm.

Supplies for this project found on Amazon:

Delta Ceramcoat Paint color Dragonfly

Delta Ceramcoat Clear Wax

Various Black And White Knobs

how to paint furniture and change the knobs

What do you think of the color and do you think the decorative knobs add charm to the nightstand? Would you prefer different knobs?

More nightstand projects for you…..

turquoise nightstand

Find the turquoise and silver nightstand here.


lime green nightstand

Find the lime green nightstand with garden faucet knob makeover here.

painted nightstands

Find the pair of black nightstands here.

I have a short video showing how to layer and distress paint and how to spray paint hardware and distress it too….

How to Layer and Distress Painted Furniture

As always thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Darling! The knobs make a huge difference! I especially love the garden handle on the lime green table.

  2. Oh Kathy! I painted that same chest in a very similar colour! I painted the top white and knobs white, I wasn’t happy with it and stuck it in my craft room. Now I know what is missing! I need some cute knobs! Those black and white ones are great. Thanks again for all your helpful suggestions and interesting transformations. Blessings.

  3. Gasp! This is gorgeous! LOVE the color and LOVE the pulls! You are so talented!! (And don’t feel guilty-you put a lot of work into something that wasn’t in great useable shape as is. 🙂 ) Thanks for sharing your link at the #HomeMattersParty !

  4. Great tutorial and tops Kathy! And I agree, something so simple like knobs can make a HUGE difference! 🙂 Thanks you for sharing at The Creative Corner Link Up! I’m featuring you tonight, Sunday 6pm PST! Pop by to see you’re feature. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Thanks so much. Maria

  5. Oh wow, what a pretty makeover and yes, those knobs are fabulous with this piece! Pinning this baby to share Kathy ☺

  6. Kathy,

    I love what you do with color and that you are not afraid to use lots of different ones. You give me so many ideas. Keep on posting your beautiful, colorful, transformations. They are just great and so are you.

  7. Beautiful! I love the knob choice, they are just perfect. I am a great fan of some of the fun knobs available at Hobby Lobby.

  8. I LOVE the color….and the knobs! I live in the Southwest and turquoise is my “go to” color choice! It’s the perfect color in whatever shade it is. It’s calming and cheerful at the same time! I love your site, Kathy! I have so many ideas but my painful body refuses to perform. So, I get such joy from watching you transform trash into treasures to be passes on again. Thank you for sharing your time and talent with all!

  9. Awesome color! Just the right brightness! The knobs are perfect & the design mimics the detail at the top. One of my favs that you have done! Runs a close second to the red chest!