Saturday, May 19, 2012

Idiots Guide to Mess Free Knob Painting

Have you ever painted/stained a piece of furniture and got all the way to the knobs only to get paint/stain all over your hands and lots of finger prints on your finish?  Well enough of that!  I have a super easy and super cheap solution.  Check it out.

Wooden Knobs
Piece of styrofoam (you can also use a few pieces of cardboard sandwiched together but foam is easier)

1.  First take your toothpicks and start shoving them in the opening on the bottom of your knob.  Make sure you jam enough in there so that they are snug.  I used between three and four for each knob.

2.  Now hold onto the toothpicks and start painting.  By holding the toothpicks you keep your hands nice and clean.

3.  After each coat stick the exposed pointy ends of your toothpicks into the styrofoam so your knob is upright.  That bad boy isn't goin anywhere.  

4.  Make sure you let them dry thoroughly before removing the toothpicks so you don't get any fingerprints after all your hard work.  

5.  Make sure you have a dog standing by who wants to get his head accidentally painted when he jumps on you in the middle of your project.  This step is optional.  

Thats it!  Hope it brings a little more sanity to your furniture finishing process.

Paint on!


  1. I have been there done that, right down to the paint on the dogs head. Love this post!

  2. Great idea. I am always painting knobs. Will keep this in mind...thanks
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    Thanks, Sherron

  3. Very clever. I have used old pieces of cardboard but I like your idea better because it is so much easier to punch in to. Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful.