In my last post, I showed you how I made-over a family console table that I was given. One of my biggest challenges with it is what to do with the cabinet handles. There are twenty-four of them! My first idea was to go buy twenty-four different cabinet handles – that would make the console table completely unique and it would be a perfect fit with my craft room! Until I started pricing cabinet pulls. Eekkk – my budget could not handle that price tag, especially during the month of December – an already expensive month!! I found several tutorials online about marbling using nail polish and thought it looked great! So – here is how I updated my exisiting handles into marbled cabinet handles!
These cabinet handles are very high quality. They are ceramic and brass, and need some serious cleaning. Using just some good old Dawn dish washing liquid and warm water, we were able to get them clean and free of all the years of use and dust! After a day of good drying time, I was ready to create marbled cabinet handles!
Marbled Cabinet Handles
I choose two different colors of nail polish. And I bought some pretty cheap stuff – but was really focused more on
the colors I wanted rather than the cost. I picked a teal and a silver. Both are colors I use in my craft room, and would complement the linen and charcoal colors I painted the console table.
The Marbling Process
The marbling process is really easy! The only materials needed are nail polish, water, a container (that you won’t mind getting nail polish on), and a place to dry the cabinet handles.
- Fill the container with enough clean water that you can dip the cabinet handle into it as far as you would like the marbling to go
- Pour nail polish into the water (it will float on the surface), a little at a time (three to four drops). Add additional nail polish colors if desired. You can create patterns this way, or just place different color drops in different areas of the container
- Dip the cabinet handle into the water, through the nail polish, pushing it through the colors floating on top of the water
- Carefully pull the cabinet handle out of the water. Place the cabinet pull in a safe place to dry.
- Continue dipping cabinet handles until the nail polish needs replenishing.
- When you need to replenish the nail polish, empty the container, clean it and start the process over. If you don’t do this, you will find the nail polish becoming clumped and hardening on the surface of the water in the container.
I did not clean my container every time I needed to replenish the nail polish and I regret it! A couple of the handles get clumps of nail polish on them. I was able to pull some of it off before it dried. Then I used a very fine nail file to sand down the clump. So, learn from my mistake and clean the container every time you need to replenish the colors!
After letting the handles dry over night, I put them on my cabinet drawers. I absolutely love how they turned out! I hope you give this process a try! It is so easy and fun!