How to Add Flair to Your Dresser with Knobs

I am known for my massive wardrobe and obscene amount of clothing, so going into our first month of marriage, my husband and I realized that one dresser was simply not enough. So thankfully, Aaron’s parents generously gave us a dresser that they no longer needed. I absolutely love the color of the wood, but thought it may be fun to spruce it up with new chrome knobs. I had to borrow a few tools from my dad and make a trip to my local Target store, but this was probably one of the fastest and most satisfying projects I’ve accomplished in a while.

The Quick & Easy Process

1. First, I compiled all my supplies:

  • My dad let me borrow his drill and bits
  • The knobs came from Target for $9.99
  • Measuring tape and a pencil
  • Screwdriver

The Tools            Measuring Items

2. Then, I began measuring where the holes for the knobs would go. I decided on a standard width from the outside end of each side of the drawer and then measured that far in and made a mark. After that, I took the height of the drawer, divided it in half, and measured that amount in from the top and made a mark. The final result was a cross, with the center of both lines indicating where exactly to drill each hole, as seen below. [Note: I did this on both sides of each drawer, for a total of 10 knobs. And after making each mark I checked that the centers aligned for all the drawers.]

Measuring Process            Marking the Holes

3. After making the marks, I checked the back of the knob box to see if there was a suggested size for the drill bit, and thankfully there was, so I used the suggested size bit, put it in the drill, and mentally prepared myself for drilling. Sometimes I find myself being a tad girly! So after mustering up my confidence, I drilled away, one hole at a time. Easy as pie.

Knob Instructions

Drilling the Holes

4. Once the holes were drilled, I took the knobs and screws from their packaging, placed each screw into a hole and then used a screwdriver to tighten the knob in place.

Adding the Knob            Screwing in the Knob

The Finished LookAnd that’s it! Once you tighten all the knobs into place you’re finished. Like I said, this was a really quick and simple project, but the result makes such an impact. You should really consider this if you want to add a little flair and personality to your dresser. Oh, and dresser pulls or fancier knobs can also really make a statement – I just chose the simpler style to complement our other dresser’s knobs. See that project here.