Adding Cabinet Knobs & A Window-Frosting Video

We wish we had a giant bathroom update to share, but we’re at that phase of the project where some of the bigger things have been checked off (building a shelf, painting the walls) and a few little mid-point upgrades are on the agenda since we’ve been flying around a lot lately (10 flights in 11 days!!). But now that we’re back home, the next bathroom installment will be bigger (either framing out the mirror and making a shade from some amazingly bold fabric that I’m obsessed with) so hopefully this tides you guys over. And since I hate to mention “amazingly bold fabric that I’m obsessed with” without showing it to you… behold:

Remember it from back here? I snatched it up for $16 a yard at Mary Jos (it’s called Ubud by Iman Home/Waverly and it can sell for up to $27 in other places). I think it’s going to be the perfect punch-in-the-face-of-color that the mostly white (and slightly plummy-gray) bathroom needs. But since that has yet to jump off the counter and make itself into a window shade (boo inanimate fabric!) while we hit up seven cities in the past week, I’ll get back to the completed updates at hand. The first one is new knobs… because these country looking painted wood ones just weren’t doing it for us…

These new guys hail from Hobby Lobby and were just $2.49 thanks to a 50% off knob sale. Quick tip:never buy anything there that’s not 50% off there since the sales just seem to alternate by a week- so if the item you want isn’t on sale, wait a week and try again. 

I love that they’re irregular, sort of like green jade or even some sort of dyed bone. And the gem-like shape is faceted and pretty without being too long and pointy (the counter’s edge extends nearly the same distance as the knobs – and they’re about the same depth as the previous white painted wood ones – so there are no worries of knocking knees).

I love how they mimic the little pops of dark tone in the floor tile and carry them up to the vanity. And I totally want to get one more for the false drawer over the sink – they just didn’t have anymore the day I picked them up, so I’ll have to check again the next time we’re there.

We’ve been asked by more than a few folks if we’re thinking about painting the vanity a darker color (charcoal, black, etc) and we’re definitely thinking about it but not 100% sold yet, so we’re waiting for more of the room to come together (we’ll revisit the possibility after we add the shade, frame out the mirror, etc). Our reason for not immediately painting the vanity darker (which we think could look awesome with the dark tile that we’re working with) is because the room is smaller than it looks in photos, so we like how the white wall tile, vanity, and tub all feel balanced and light- and we worry that one dark object on one side of the room might feel side-heavy and cramped). But either way, we’ll just wait it out and see where we end up. You know we’ll keep you posted!

Oh and in keeping it real news, guess who popped up when I was shooting the pic above? #Clarabomb

The other upgrade we squeezed in there between all of our flights and marathon Clara and Burger smooching when we were reunited (yeah, we overdid it but we couldn’t help ourselves) was that we frosted the window. Buh-bye old paper-ish accordion shade (which we always had to keep closed to maintain privacy since this room can be viewed from the deck)…

… and hello modern frosted window that’s crisp and private (even with the lights on in the bathroom on a dark night you can’t see anything from the deck except for vague shadows – nothing graphic at all). Here I am in my pajama pants getting my frost on. #morekeepingitreal

As for how we applied it, we took the process pic above, but this post and this post have the best specific instructions for applying it, so hopefully those help. And since we’ve never posted a video, here’s that for ya. We thought maybe seeing it “in 3-D” (well not really but you know what I mean) might help:

So that’s where we are. Don’t mind that brassy old knob. Haha. Just added that to the list!

Speaking of the hall bathroom list, here it is:

  • rehang a shower curtain at ceiling height
  • trim out the unbalanced window (more on that here)
  • switch out the light fixture (more on that here)
  • add some meaningful art (more on that here)
  • build in a shelf over the toilet for some leaning art (more on that here)
  • paint the walls a fresher color to help the original tile pop (more on that here)
  • upgrade the vanity hardware
  • frost the window
  • frame out the mirror over the vanity for a less builder-basic look
  • ORB/upgrade that brassy gold doorknob
  • make a bold fabric shade for the window
  • possibly paint the vanity (we’re still mulling it over – but we promise we’ll keep you posted)
  • add finishing touches/accessories and dish out a budget breakdown for you guys

Can’t wait to cross more off! And in the meantime let’s circle back to my fabric obsession. Doesn’t it look great with the new knobs and the fish canvas? #everybathroomneedsafishcanvas

What were you guys up to this weekend? Any small mid-point upgrades or bigger fun ones that made all the difference? It’s so funny how sometimes giant things like hanging curtains or painting the walls can make for a giant change and sometimes it really is the details (like hardware) that finally make a room feel special, like it’s all yours.

Psst- We’re finally sharing Clara’s hidden talent with the world over on Young House Life. Does Name That Tune have a toddler edition?


  1. says

    How does the frosting do in “used everyday by a husband who takes waaaaaaay too hot showers and steams the whole room up” kind of room? Would I need to worry about it bubbling?

    We only have one small window, in the shower stall, up high (where I sit my shampoo), I think maybe 1-2 inches of my head stick up over it. No one can actually see in, unless they are Adam Sandler style peepers and climb up to look in, but my husband is still paranoid after a year. Hoping that would be a good solution. :)

  2. Terry C says

    OMG… I love that fabric! So much so, in fact, that I have two beautiful pillows made out of it sitting on my couch right now. :-) It may wind up elsewhere in the living room at some point…

  3. says

    The knobs are fantastic! In other exciting news, I convinced my mom to paint her kitchen cupboards white (after showing her lots of your book and house and bragging about meeting you) and getting a stainless steel fridge (she’s in the market) instead of white to match the other appliances. I told her that with white cupboards, the other pure-white appliances will blend in okay, and then she can stainless-upgrade those as she goes. They won’t touch the fridge and be awkward contrast. She’s super excited and I’m really happy for her as it will make her house look loads brighter and fresher. They are crappy builder oak veneer now. Of course I offered to help…that’s your fault too I suppose. :)

  4. Gina Stierwalt says

    Love the new knobs!! It’s funny you should mention how hanging curtains can change a room…we did just that in our master bathroom this weekend and it’s crazy how much they polish up the room! Mind you, we had a frat-boy-style sheet tacked up to the window frame to block out light before that, so really anything was going to be an improvement…
    In other news, your book has completely changed my view on what I’m capable of DIYing in my house. Let’s just say I have an Ikea Lack side table that’s been sitting around serving no purpose for faaaarrrrr too long…

  5. Renee says

    Are you going to make a roman shade out of mini blinds (and the fabric)? I’m in the process of doing that and was wondering if you ever had…

  6. says

    Ooooh, I’m loving the knob upgrade and can’t wait to see the bathroom with the new shade up.
    When it comes to the vanity, I think if it was me I’d just paint the top dark, make it look almost like a granite top if you know what I mean. I do think a whole dark unit might bring the wall in a bit and make it seem small.
    Can’t wait to see it whatever you decide. X

  7. says

    I like that the fabric ties in with the bold knobs and think it will be a great addition to the bathroom. I also look one of the readers suggestions above to paint the trim. It would add a playful touch which would be perfect since it is Clara’s bathroom.

  8. says

    Wow, I’m loving where this is going! The fabric and the new knobs look great together, absolutely. I can see your dilemma about painting the vanity. I think it could look really great, but the beautiful, airy white look is really gorgeous, too. Looking forward to seeing what’s next!

  9. Megan S. says

    You guys I’ve been trying to find that frost paper for awhile but was only able to find the fancy decorative stuff! Can you guys help a gal out and let me know what brand that is and where I might find it? Our two story neighbors are a bit too close for our closet bathroom, thanks guys!!

  10. Ashley says

    I am excited for the “how-to” on framing out the mirror. I have 3 that need this same upgrade (as I am hoping its much cheaper than replacing the mirror).

  11. Alison says

    I love Hobby Lobby!!! We just bought a house within walking distance of one and I have a lot of knobs to replace. Good to know about the sales!