47 Responses to “A knobby problem: Help me with cabinet knobs! And shelf liner!”

  1. nicoleandmaggie Says:

  2. Dame Eleanor Hull Says:

    All the floral mascot knobs in the right colors. Mix and match!

    • Miser Mom Says:

      I also like the mix-and-match idea! (Although the idea of drilling so all those holes out does seem daunting.) At any rate, I was coming here to suggest this, and Dame Eleanor beat me to it.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Drilling the holes *and* cutting off screws! Though maybe we could buy screws in the right size and shape? Except they would have screw heads on the top instead of pretty tops. So cutting and drilling would probably be more workable.

    • Dame Eleanor Hull Says:

      Sorry, I mixed up which knobs needed all the extra work. Do the easy one.

  3. Leah Says:

    I vote for the easiest to install knob. Make your life simpler. Once you pick a knob and go with it, I imagine you’ll be plenty happy. The blue one looks fine. I prefer the simplest hardware possible. The key part for me is ease of use.

    Modern pewter should be made without lead. You can likely check the materials list for your knob.

    Re: shelf liner, why not a sticky backed kind? I’ve used that in the past and really appreciate that it doesn’t slip at all. Tho I suppose it’s more of a hassle to remove, but contact paper technology has gotten better over time. Wish I had more to contribute there. I’d leave the green until you find a solution. Do you often notice the shelf liner? I picked a really basic pattern when we did our shelves on the idea that simple is better.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      I really don’t like putting the sticky-back kind in drawers unless it is clear. Like you said, it’s harder to get out– if this green gingham were stuck it would be a nightmare. It’s also harder to put in– you end up with air bubbles which are a pain to get out. And it’s harder to clean– you have to take out the entire drawer.

      We actually have clear adhesive contact paper in some of the drawers in the house, but I tend to think of it as just part of the drawer. Though it has yellowed over the decades (who knows when it was put in), which is unfortunate.

      p.s. You’re no doubt right about me being happy with whatever (so long as it doesn’t injure me while I try to open a door)– this weekend I noticed that many of our cupboard knobs outside the kitchen are faceted clear crystal balls… which is not something I would have chosen for a doorknob much less a cabinet knob, but in 13 years I’d never noticed them.

      • Leah Says:

        ooh, I was imagining the liner paper on the shelves, not the drawers. For drawers, you could buy clear plastic place mat things and cut them to size. That way, you could put any sort of fancy looking paper underneath them as long as you have the right size paper.

        Honestly, pick the knobs that are the least amount of work as long as they’re not odious. It will get done faster, and you can go back to not thinking about the kitchen.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        We also have shelves in the pantry. I think DH calculated it would cost something like $300 to use that white and grey design in the roll and $500 if we used the crappy quality paper in the blue design.

  4. Jenny F. Scientist Says:

    I love the darker flowery knob, but I personally would be driven bonkers by the fittings through the front- they tend to accumulate grime in the interfaces, so I prefer the back-mounted kind. (These are pretty but from the Bigot Store so…)

    As for the shelf liner, why must home improvement be so difficult???

  5. Steph Says:

    I love that all-blue flower-shaped knob, but it just seems like too much work. The light blue on dark blue flowery knob is also really pretty, and goes well with that shelf liner without being super matchy.

  6. Alice Says:

    My favorite of the knobs is the dark blue flowery one with the light pattern. I don’t like the all-blue flower-shaped knob at all.

    But then, I like plain metal knobs. And most of our shelves are unlined because I’ve never seen the point of lining them. So you can probably take my opinions with a grain of salt….

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Prior to having children I’d never lined a drawer in my life. But they get crumbs and mysterious sticky stuff all over everything. Nothing like finding a partially eaten completely unwrapped multiple year old melted what used to be a lollypop (or, most recently, a 5 month old candy cane) on a pantry shelf to make one appreciate liner paper.

      If it had been just me I would have bought a couple of packs of plain metal knobs and they’d have been put on weeks ago.

  7. rose Says:

    No screwing in from the front of knob. Hard to clean. Keep looking.
    I like white shelf paper as can see when needs replacing. IF you leave the gingham paper now it will always be there if your house is normal about this sort of task.
    Yes. The devil IS in the details. Can you get a plain white knob and use decorative items to pull up the blue like kitchen canisters, vase, towels?
    VERY VERY VERY best wishes!
    Thank you for action items listing re the kids!

  8. sciliz Says:

    I would just like to say all knobs in question are vastly better than green gingham.
    If it were me, I’d go with the easy knob, but the dark blue flowery one is also particularly pretty.

  9. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    Knob: I love the all blue flower shaped one with the silver/pewter center.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      I will show these to DH!

      I think we need somewhere around 40 knobs… so the $10/knob ones and the etsy limited supply knobs become a bit difficult.

      Got any shelf liner recommendations? We’re at a total loss there.

  10. Abigail @ipickuppennies.net Says:

    I actually like the darker of the flowery knobs, personally. Though I’d have to see it on the cupboard obviously.

    The liberty hardware just sounds like too much effort to justify it if you’re not absolutely in love with the knob. Just my two cents. Good luck!

  11. Jenny F. Scientist Says:

    Well… my laying-in-bed-with-headache searching is not turning up much blue non hideous print. This one (https://www.duckbrand.com/products/shelf-liner-bath/non-adhesive-shelf-liner/gray-marble-20-in-x-6-ft) comes in game marble , a black tile pattern that I personally like but idk for your kitchen, and a twee blue print.

    (I found three dark blue ginghams!)

    This one is blue but very floral
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/The-Pioneer-Woman-12-In-x-10-Ft-Non-adhesive-Shelf-Liner-Heritage-Floral/548663180

    Inoffensive but aqua
    https://www.target.com/p/con-tact-brand-174-grip-prints-153-non-adhesive-shelf-liner-talisman-blue-18-x-4/-/A-14903710

    Little blue flowers
    https://contactbrand.com/collections/grip-premium/products/copy-of-grip-prints™-non-adhesive-ashley-blue

    blue bigger flowers
    https://contactbrand.com/collections/grip-premium/products/grip-prints™-denim-floral-blue

    They do sell a little squeegee tool for the adhesive ones but I have terrible memories of removing it as I’m sure you must too!

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      We did try the little blue flowers (home depot had it in stock) but it totally clashed, as did the pioneer woman flowers that Walmart carries. We bought them and returned :( . I think we’ve mainly given up on blue for paper and are thinking grey or black? But who knows. And yes, terrible memories of adhesive!

      If the grey stenciled veggies came in fruits (can’t remember if it was Duck or ConTact), I would be all over that. And my friend vetoed me getting the (no longer in print) Sonoma brand contact paper. It got high ranks in 2015 when it was moved to the dollar store!

  12. Matthew D Healy Says:

    Can you get wooden knobs and spray paint them the exact color you want? Amazon has wooden knobs that are available for Prime Two Day Shipping to here (Eastern Iowa) so presumably they could ship to where you are. Of course you’ll have to get some extras to experiment with paint colors…

  13. Debbie M Says:

    You could just not peel off the back of the adhesive shelf liner. Or, to make things difficult, you could peel off the backing and stick it to a backing instead of to the shelf.

    My favorite is the mostly white flowery one with the flowery shelf liner. But I also like the ideas of picking the easiest one and doing a mix-and-match theme.

    Etsy and other craft places may also have things you like.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      I have actually done that in the bathroom when we ran out before renting out the house but it doesn’t lie flat.

      The flowery shelf liner company makes bad quality overpriced stuff unfortunately. So they’re getting like $15 from us for samples but no more. Thankfully they had samples.

    • Contingent Cassandra Says:

      I was wondering whether you could stick new adhesive shelf liner that you like over top of the old gingham liner (so you get to keep using the backing that you like). That assumes the old gingham liner is clean/cleanable.

  14. CCS Says:

    What about mix-and-match?
    (I’m still amazed at the amount of choice in every little home design element!)

  15. Linda Says:

    I love the idea of mixing and matching all those different knobs because it adds a whimsical touch to what is an otherwise neutral kitchen. But the work involved in cutting all those screws is ridiculous. And several people have also pointed out that keeping the knobs clean when the screw holes are in the front involves extra work, too.

    While I’m not much help on the knobs, I do have a recommendation for shelf and drawer liner. For anything that is exposed, such as open or glass front cabinets, I’d go for pretty shelf liner and not just stick to prints with blue in them. Again, here’s an opportunity to add a pop of color. Maybe a print that includes a touch of yellow or green along with the blue? Something like this, perhaps: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Con-Tact-Grip-Prints-Abbey-Blue-Sage-Green-and-White-Shelf-and-Drawer-Liner-Set-of-6-04F-C7HV0-06/300795105

    I would not put that in drawers, because it is pain to position the stuff with the gripping backing, as you’ve already said. But, for those areas that aren’t immediately visible, I highly recommend the Contact Zip-n-Fit. It’s so easy to line drawers and narrow cabinets with it, and it stays in place very well. Here’s the clear version: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Con-Tact-Zip-N-Fit-Clear-Ribbed-Shelf-Drawer-Liner-04F-CZ8S01-06/204509117

    If you go with the whimsical knob idea, then you could get a fairly plain shelf liner so the kitchen didn’t look too funky. And, if you went with a shelf liner that popped, the reverse could be the case, which may make the decision about knobs much easier since you could just go with plain metal ones.


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