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Friday, November 12, 2010

It's All In The Details

Well, maybe it's not all in the details.
But the details count.

Yesterday I shared with you the knobs I found on eBay, for the kitchen cupboards.

The oak cabinets you see below, on the sink wall, are now painted white:


When the doors and drawers are back where they belong, they'll be sporting these babies:

But what about our faux-Welsh-dresser-thingy that we created last May out of cut-down base cabinets,
half a hutch, and a butcherblock counter from Ikea?
It's been sporting plain 99-cent naked pine knobs since then.
May 2010, work in progress.  The cupboard, not Howard.
Well, eBay is still my best friend.
Whilst cruising its wooden cabinet knobs listings, I saw this picture:

and my heart stopped.
Okay, my heart didn't stop.  But my search through other, lesser knobs did.  Stop.

Even though they are new, they just looked so deliciously beat-up and scrungy and old,
as if they'd been hanging on the outside of some real Welsh dresser for decades.

The auction was for 8 of these chunky beauties.

I wanted 16.

That's when tragedy struck; there were only 8.

I bought the 8, and they will grace our faux-Welsh-dresser-thingy with their scrungy goodness.
The big oak cabinets flanking the dresser are being painted black, so that part of the kitchen
will -- I hope -- look less chopped up.  But those cabinets are not going to be sporting these:

They are going to get the old 99-cent pine knobs, painted black.  To blend in.

They also serve who only stand and wait.


The seller for these knobs, Laverna, was friendly and helpful,
and her prices and shipping are bargains.
She found a 9th knob and will pack it in with the other 8.
Since sometimes in this house, a knob rolls away never to be seen again, this is very welcome.

If you are searching for vintage style knobs or pulls
for cabinets or furniture, look her up.  Her eBay I. D. is twincitylady.
Great stuff, nice person; what's not to like?

She's got some really good looking French-style brasses.
The pictures of the wood knobs in this post are from her auction; permission granted to use.

Today's links . . . .

My Romantic Home -- Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage -- Feathered Nest Friday
Frou Frou Decor -- Fabulous Friday Finds

Click on the highlighted Link Party titles to go and visit.
Happy Friday!
My dear daughter Anne is coming home this weekend;  she says she needs to do a lot of drawing
for class, but I am pretty sure she really means "painting in the kitchen for Mom." -- Cass


  1. I love the fresh white of your cabinets! I can't wait to see the finished project!

  2. Just stopping by from Fabulous Friday Party!! I love those new "old" knobs!! They will look great on that piece, which by the way is just awesome!

  3. Oh My Goodness-You found MORE knobs....Still loving the ones with the design...but any wood knob is a great find! Hugs- Diana

  4. Those knobs really do look like they've been around forever! Great find! They will look fab on the Welsh-dresser.

  5. Like those knobs. Your kitchen is going to be so pretty!
    Have a great weekend.

  6. Love your white cabinets and can hardly wait to see the doors on. The knobs are great too! Wanting to paint my cabinets as well, just posted earlier this week my kitchen updates. You are inpiring me to get mine done!

  7. You could toss the .99 pine knobs in a bag of bolts and play with it for a few days before staining them! What do you have to lose?
    And by drawing she means painting for sure!
    I have lovely friends coming for dinner tonight and a slumber party tomorrow, and by dinner I mean SANDING and Slumber party I mean PAINTING!!! Love them!

  8. I love your faux-Welsh-dresser-thingy and the new knobs you got will be terrific on it. Too bad you couldn't get 8 more. Have you tried Van Dykes? I love their old looking knob selection. If you can't get more, I truly do like the mix-match look best.


  9. Love both of your new knobs and the cabinets painted white are just stunning. Your welsh cupboard is so wonderful. Can't wait to see the whole kitchen. Hugs, Marty

  10. I love those knobs! And your kitchen is going to be something to behold.

  11. hi Cass! Our kitchen cabinets are exactly the same, how funny, even down to the fret work above the sink. I love yours done in white!

  12. Such pretty knobs! I bet you are so glad to have the white on the cabinets!

  13. Thise knobs are gorgeous. They do look like they are really old. Like they've been banged up over the years. Great find.

  14. I'm sure your daughter will paint when she needs a break!

  15. Hi Cass! Oh, I can't wait to see your entire kitchen! Love your new knobs and your olden looking new knobs!! I love your Welsh cabinet too! Oh, I just love your house.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  16. I love that cabinet-it's gorgeous and I love those knobs. I always said that hardware makes all the difference-it transforms a piece!

  17. That black cupboard is just spectacular, and the white cabinets look wonderful. The knobs will be great. Thanks for linking up with VIF!

  18. Hi Cass,
    Your white kitchen is looking exciting and those knobs are perfect for that beautiful piece you created!! Great job on the welsh cupboard! I can't wait to see all the finished pieces! Thanks for sharing at my party this weekend! :)

  19. This is definitely turning into MY dream kitchen....which is only fair considering your entire house is like NeverNever Land for me. Sigh....

  20. Wow Cass!
    Your kitchen is coming along just beautifully!
    I love what you have done and I love the knobs you have found as well.
    I need to get caught up here.
    Hugs Friend,


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