Friday, February 4, 2011

Sticks and Stones

 A few weeks ago I showed you all how the hubs and I made our kitchen lighting. Today I want to show you how we made our cabinet knobs, for next to nothing!

River rock cabinet knobs
we made ours out of river rocks we collected from the banks of...you guessed it, a river!
creek rocks work well too : )
each knob is unique and handmade, and if you get sick of it you can switch them out.
I love how each rock is a different size and shape, plus look how great they look with my drawer pulls
Restoration Hardware pulls I got for .50 cents each at their store closing sale!

 So do you wanna make your own?
Start with these, I think they are called machine bolts. I bought mine at ace hardware with the screws to mount them for .60 cents each, and they already have the oil rubbed bronze finish!
then I mixed my favorite 5 minute epoxy on a paper plate with a toothpick, very technical!
I applied a little epoxy to the back of the clean rock and a little to the clean flat face of the hardware
After they dried for a few minutes I turned them over so the rock was on top, I figured the weight of the little rock would help set the epoxy, I dunno I'm crazy!
when they have dried overnight they are ready to be affixed to your cabinets and adored! the best part about the machine bolts is that they are the perfect length for you to be able to get your fingers behind to open the cabinet door. We have had ours on for a long time and have never broken one.

*Before starting the process I cleaned my rocks in hot soapy water, rinsed them and let them dry for a few days. Then just before applying the epoxy I cleaned just the glue areas with rubbing alcohol. The cleaner the better!
** You want to find rocks that look like they are not made of conglomerated mud or sand as they are not strong enough. The harder the stone the better it works, a good test is to try to scratch it with a knife, if it scratches easily find a different rock.
***If you want, you can spray them with a clear coat so they look wet, We chose to leave the rocks the way they were but they do look more colorful with the wet look
**** You can do this with anything, not just rocks! I have tried tiles, glass, shells and all sorts of items your imagination is your only limit!

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Sticks and stones may break my bones but Peace will never hurt me!

13 comments:

  1. Wow. These are so cool and unique! What a clever idea.

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  2. That's so beautiful and original! Now you have me wanting to plunge into a river looking for rocks! :)

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  3. Amazing idea! Never thought to use something that unique in my kitchen!

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  4. VERY cool! I never would have thought to do this!

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  5. Hi Merrilee-

    I LOVE when I see out of the box thinking - this idea is so clever - You rock!!!
    Had to write that :) It truly is one great idea. I want my next house to be very nature inspired and am going to do this.
    My best- Diane

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  6. So cool! These would be great in my boys room! Thanks fo rsharing ~ please stop by sometime!

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  7. Love your blog! I have awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award... Head over to my blog to claim your award! http://boyersathome.blogspot.com/2011/02/yippee.html

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  8. I love your kitchen remodel, would you share the paint colour you used on your cabinets, I love green, and am going to repaint my cabinets

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  9. Thank you all for your sweet comments!
    Janette- The cabinet color is Saybrooke Sage by Benjamin Moore. I must have gone through a thousand green paint chips before deciding to go with this one, which was of course, the first one I picked out!

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  10. Hi Lilliedale, I just found your page from Rustic Crafts & Chic Decor. I recently did a very similar diy with heart rocks at my site. Great minds think alike! http://tinyurl.com/7hd5b58

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