11 Great Ways to Use Your Ceramic Knobs and Pulls

We have a selection of ceramics that comes in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Today we’re going to show how our customers have used our ceramic knobs and pulls in a wide range of different projects. And maybe you’ll find some inspiration along the way for your own project 🙂

demi lune dresser
The Weathered Door went with a classic grey and white color scheme for her demi lune dresser. She added the white detail for accent creating much more visual interest to the piece. Looks fantastic!
white cabinets
After painting all the cabinets white, Ask Anna Moseley really makes these white cabinets pop with our bright red ceramic knobs. 
upcycled coat rack
This DIY upcycled cupboard door from Create and Babble creates a unique coat rack. The weathered and aged look comes from applying lime wax. Click over to see the video and pictures for how this piece comes together.
buffet media stand
The same ceramic indian knobs as used in the last piece are featured again by Embracing Change. This time only adding the final touches to a buffet or media stand. Painted in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, the chips and spots let you see the deep red below making a very sophisticated time worn look.
mint dresser
Primitive & Proper takes this dresser from a traditional humble beginning, and the makeover produces a sweet mint dresser with colorful pink knobs for accent. The shape lends perfectly to the style of the knobs, a cottagey and feminine sort. Check out the before and after photos on this piece.
lemon meringue dresser
This lemon meringue dresser from DD’s Cottage is really a work of art. Darrielle hand paints the wreaths in a touch of white and distresses the finish, adding in chips for age, to bring this piece to its conclusion. The white ceramic knobs from us provide only a subtle touch not to distract from the weather worn look and feel.
hallway entrance
One Dog Woof is making the most out of her narrow hallway entrace. Complete with our glass hooks and indian ceramic knobs, she finds room for storage of gloves, hats, coats, and more.
holiday sideboard
Orphans with Makeup used some of our new hand painted ceramic knobs on this beautiful holiday inspired sideboard. The appliques painted to match suit the piece well. Click over to see tons of wonderful furniture makeovers.
tall dresser
With just a bit of trim work and paint this furniture makeover totally changes and the new look is fantastic. Fynes Designs brings you this tall dresser makeover tutorial with our grey ceramic knobs.
blue cabinets
Home Made Modern finishes her kitchen with our ceramic insert pulls installed with the help of a jig. Check out her article on how to install hardware on new cabinets perfectly every time.
white kitchen hutch
This kitchen hutch is huge. My Repurposed Life put a lot of work into making an epic piece, from painting, to removing the lower two drawers for more space, and finally adding our ceramic cranberry knobs and pulls. This is a must-see furniture makeover.
Hope you liked our blog features of some of the ceramics we carry. To check out the rest of our selection click over to our ceramic knobs.

D. Lawless Hardware – Free Hardware Friday #6 – Final FHF of 2015!

THIS WEEK’S FREE HARDWARE FRIDAY HAS ENDED.
Merry Christmas and thank you for participating.

This will be our last giveaway of the year as D. Lawless Hardware takes a long holiday break each year. This year our break will be extra long as the normal last day of our break is New Year’s day and that is a Friday. So we will be closing December 23rd  and reopening January 4th.

This week the deal is the same as any other week. Write me at the e-mail address at the bottom of this post promising to send me pictures of these knobs in use once you have them installed and giving me permission to use those photos online to promote our products. Then give me your address and how many of which knobs you need and it’s on! No other catches, we are on a team and I trust everyone to deliver me the photos at their convenience.

Today we have a selection of ceramic insert knobs from the Liberty Hardware Betsy Fields Collection. These knobs are out of production now, but they are all brand new and in the factory packaging. It’s not like hardware goes bad! Home Depot and Lowe’s seem to think it does and that’s how we get this awesome hardware at prices low enough to give away! 🙂

Take your pick or take multiple knobs! Here is this week’s selection! Each knob is 1 1/4″ and features a metal base with a ceramic insert.

Chrome and white

white ceramic free hardware friday knob

Black and a burnt red/brown

free hardware friday southwestern knob

Black and turquoise

free hardware friday - turquoise and black knob

And finally, brushed pewter with black

ceramic insert knob - free hardware friday
Write me at lawlesshardware (at) gmail (dot) com and claim your free knobs. Promotion ends towards the end of the day depending on when I get around to it! 🙂

Large Buffet Makeover w/ Hand Painted Ceramic Knobs

Very happy to feature another project from local talent Gary and his side business The Furniture Refurbisher in Bartonville, IL. Gary can be contacted through his website if you have anything desks or tables that need refinishing. We’d even be happy to provide the hardware if you’d let us post the pictures!

He picked this old piece up at auction that had a worn out finish and very worn out hardware.

buffet before picture
old worn out hardware
And then painted the buffet white and added one style of our hand painted ceramic knobs.
buffet with hand painted

new knobs buffet makeover

hand painted blue ceramic knob

blue painted ceramic knob
If there are any amateurs, hobbyists, or a business out there that would like to show off your work, please ask for Derrick and we can set up a good deal on hardware for your piece and get you a link or two.

Making Your Own Knobs – Painting a Ready-to-Fire Ceramic Knob withUnderglaze

1.  Decide on Your Design

Unless you are painting your knobs all one color, you may want to sketch a few different designs on a piece of paper before you begin your project.  Ideally, you will want to use a compass and get a good estimate of the size of the area you will be working with.  It is best to draw designs to scale so that you know what kind of detail is possible.

2.  Draw Your Design on Your Knob

create your design

The great thing about unglazed ready-to-fire ceramic knobs is that you can draw your design right onto the knob.  Make sure and use a pencil.  If you make a mistake you can just erase it with a regular eraser.  In my opinion it would be best to use a 0.5 mechanical pencil.  Here I used a 0.7 mechanical pencil and the lines are a little thicker than ideal.  In addition, there is more smudging when you erase with thicker lead; however it still will work fine for my purposes.

In order to be consistent, I used a ruler to make my design. This may be time consuming, but in the end it is worth it because you will have clean lines and if you are doing more than one, then they will all be same.  Another great bonus of drawing your design directly on your knob is that you do not have to erase them once you’re done drawing.  Just make sure to paint along the lines and cover them with paint, it also helps to draw lightly.

3.  Painting

When you choose your colors keep in mind the overall look of the finished product.  You will most likely want to use complimentary colors and keep the general color scheme consistent – using only warm colors (e.g. reds and yellows) or cool colors (e.g. blues and greens).  On the other hand, depending on what look you are going for you can use your knobs as accenting tools and use opposite colors to give some interesting contrast.  Opposite colors are those that are 180 degrees apart on the color wheel; common examples of opposite color pairs are: blue and orange, green and red, purple and yellow.

Once you have picked your colors, get your work station ready.  Get an old cup for rinsing your brushes, some paper or plastic to cover your working area, a palette (or a paper plate will do) and keep a lightly moistened paper towel nearby so as to dab away any mistakes.  While you paint use hard, flat, brushes for straight lines.  As you can see the color gets much lighter as it dries; in addition the color of the paint will change pretty dramatically once it is fired – most noticeably it will be much richer.  You should put 2-3 coats of underglaze.  Make sure that each coat is completely dried before applying the next or else some of the not-fully-dried paint may “stick” to the fresh paint and expose the clay.

You can choose to paint the whole knob with a base coat first and then draw your design and paint it.  However if you do this and make a mistake drawing, then when you erase it you have to be careful because you could easily erase some of the base coat.  This may not be an issue if you are painting that area of a different color, but if not then it may end up being a noticeable “spot” on your knob.  When you are done with the underglaze, you may wish to put a clear overglaze as a final coat.  This is not necessary, but makes your knobs shiny and also helps a bit to make your work last.

Whether or not you should put clear overglaze is more of a style decision – would some glisten on your knob look better on the finished product or not?  Here is a piece that uses the contrast the different look and shine the overglaze gives the final product.  On the left the overlaze was used while on the right it was not.

4.  Firing Your Knobs

Once you have finished painting the last step is firing your piece.  As mentioned in the Introductory blog, if you do not have a kiln many local artists or ceramics shops are willing to fire pieces for free or a minimal fee.  These knobs should be fired at Cone 06.

Making Your Own Knobs – Intro to Finishing a Ready-to-Fire Ceramic Knob

There are two options of ready-to-fire ceramic knobs, glazed and unglazed.

Unglazed
Glazed

The difference between the two is that the unglazed has not had any paint applied to it, so the glazed knob is shinier and softer.  The color of the unglazed knob is the color of the clay; glazed knobs usually come in white or clay colored (when it’s been coated with a clear glaze).

The unglazed option allows for you to paint the knob any base color, the glazed knob is already coated with base and you can paint a design right onto it.  To paint these ceramic knobs you can use acrylic paint or glaze, both can be purchased at an arts store or online.  If you use acrylic your project is finished as soon as your paint is dried.  On the other hand if you use glaze you will have to fire your knob in a kiln.  You must use a kiln, which is a special oven for firing clay, a regular oven cannot do the job.  If you do not have access to a kiln, you may be able to find a pottery shop, a local ceramics studio or ceramics artist which will be willing to fire your pieces for you.  Regardless of whether you are using acrylic or glaze you will want to get a few different sizes of brushes, making sure to get smaller ones if you plan to paint a lot of detail.  Also, make sure you to get medium soft or harder brushes if using underglaze as it will make it much easier to apply the paint because it is not as thick as acrylic.

You may want to keep in mind that if you use glaze, the paint will be fired onto your knob – meaning it will be set on the clay.  On the other hand if you use acrylic, which is a plastic-based paint, it will be superficially set on the clay.  What this means is that the durability of  your work is affected, with fired glazed knobs lasting longer than acrylic painted knobs.  However, if your knobs will be mostly decorative and not will not be handled too much, acrylic will work just fine and then you do not have to worry about finding a kiln if you do not have one.

Almond Color Glazed