Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Vintage Pretties"

Greetings dear friends! How was your weekend? Or rather, how is your week going so far? :) Fabulous, I'm sure! Well this post wasn't going to be about anything "vintage" at all. You see, it all started with a bag of glass knobs waiting to be installed onto our {"knobless"} hallway cabinet doors.

I was just going to show a simple "before" & "after" picture of how our linen pantry looked liked sans knobs, and then with them installed. But then I decided that I wanted to first showcase these little glass lovelies on something "pretty" instead. And that's how this old English plate came into view.

I liked how the clear glass looked atop the white plate with dainty little blue flowers.

But then I saw that there was something else "blue & white" in the room already...so I grabbed my french pitcher filled with roses, and threw them into the mix unexpectedly...

You see, no matter what the weather is, if possible - I always try to incorporate fresh blooms in my home. Even if they are just tucked away in a corner amidst all the current chaos of our constant projects.

And these rosy notes in their rich vibrant hues did not disappoint...

And so before I knew it, I was snapping away! This by the way, is one of my favorite white enamelware pitchers, chipped in all the right places - with its "blue marbling" throughout...

But wait a minute, wasn't this post supposed to be about glass knobs? Oh yeah those...

And so here I think these "Vintage Pretties" pair well together. :) And no, I haven't forgotten what I was supposed to initially post about in the first place. :) Here's a little "before" & "after" comparison after these little hob knobs made their way onto our hallway linen closet doors:

Bear with me here on the quality of these pics because it was difficult to get an accurate view due to the low lighting in our hall.

I also want to share a quick tip with you lovelies. Many of you may already know this, but to those who don't, it's good to know. You know when you buy those knobs and they come with some screws - usually it's one very long one or you get two screws, a short one and a long one? Well, sometimes when you install your knobs {using the given screws}, it's always a tad bit too long. To remedy this, you can use "washers."

They come in various sizes, and you can get them at Home Depot or at your local hardware store. I believe they are like 0.20 cents or something like that. Anyway, these really help in alleviating the pressure of your cabinet doors & knobs for less wear & tear in the future. And if you have old cabinets like us, this helps tremendously.

Usually you just put one small washer on the outside of your cabinet, and another washer on the inside of your cabinet.

But here you noticed that we put 2 large washers instead of just 1 on the inside of the cabinet. We did that because the screws were just a tad bit too long, and adding one extra washer made it fit just perfectly. On a side note, we used a "large" washer because our knobs were on the larger size. So, you could also use a "small" sized washer if your knobs are of the smaller variety.

Just make sure you align it/center it with your fingers while you screw it in on the other side.

Well there you have it! Hope you enjoyed that quick tip and this little post about some "Vintage Pretties!" :)

{Source: Various glass knobs - Anthropologie & Home Depot; Vintage English Plate: Shabby Chic Couture, SM Location; Embroidered Linens: Ikea - 2/$5.99; French Enamelware Pitcher: Flea Market Find; Blooms: Local Organic Market - $3.00 a bouquet; Dresser: recent hand-me-down}


Sharing with: Rose Vignettes, Blue Monday, Show Off Your Cottage Monday, White Wednesday, Free Pretty Things For You, Vintage Thingie Thursdays, Time Travel Thursdays, Vintage Inspiration Friday, & My Romantic Home


Donna Reyne' said...

I love how something so small can make such an impact! Your vintage knobs are just the thing! A tiny touch of bling!
Have a wonderful day~donna

Tricia said...

I love all your vintage pretties, Jessie. Great tip using washers with the knobs. My husband does that sometimes in his remodeling projects :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful knobs Jessie and they look just beautiful on the cabinets!!! I love all of your photos of the blue and white plate and your french watering can.
Hope your doing well and have a wonderful day.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Everything looks so pretty and what awesome tips. So glad I found your blog!!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you dear friends - Donna, Tricia & Melinda - you ladies always have the sweetest things to say! :)

@Alicia: thank you for finding me on here! Tried to visit your page, but I think your profile is set to private? I will try again later. :)

Thanks again for the kind words everyone!


Katherines Corner said...

Gorgeous addition. Changing the knobs on things makes it feel new and wonderful again. These beauties are like little gems. Hugs

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I love the new knobs, I love to add those to furniture, too. They look great on the cabinets, perfect for adding that little extra something. I love sparkle!


My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Jessie, this is a great tutorial.

It was a thrill meeting Rachel. I’m still too shy to look at all the pictures! Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog.

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Gorgeous knobs...wish I had some!

Weisser Traum said...

wunderschön mit den knöpfen den schrank auf alt zu trimmen.
wünsch dir einen schönen tag.
sei lieb gegrüsst daniela

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

I Love the glass knobs, great idea about the washer on the back.... also Love the Beautiful Roses in the French Pitcher~ glad I found you, now a Follower!

Town and Country Gals said...

the perfect touch of sparkle! Love the glass knobs on just about anything! Flowers always add beauty to any room, your enamelware pitcher is fab!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you Katherine, Shanon, Sandy, Maryann & Rebecca for your comments. :)

@Cheryl, thank you for stopping by - lovely to meet you on here! :)

@Daniela: Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch meiner Seite und ließ mich eine Art Kommentar. Und für meine wirklich schrecklich Übersetzung entschuldigen. :)


d e l i g h t said...

I love that you have displayed the knobs on the pretty plate. Makes for unique and beautiful photos! I also try to have fresh flowers as much as possible in the home. They add such a warm and inviting feel! The hall cabinets look so nice now.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

The shiny glow of the glass knobs can change the look of vintage furniture and doors. You have a wonderful collection.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Love your treasures. The plates are lovely as are the door knobs.I have joined your followers list and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you all for dropping in and leaving me such kind words. :) There is still much work to do in our fixer-upper home, so little things/additions like the knobs make me smile. :)


Bev said...

Love those knobs... and I LOVE SHABBY CHIC

Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

Love the knobs on the transferware plate. What a pretty vignette! Great VT post!

Sharon @ mrs. hines class said...

Love the knobs! I have some a lot like them on my coffee table.

Sharon @ mrshinesclass

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you Flora, Ruth & Sharon for the sweet comments!!! :) Take care & have a wonderful night!


Darleen ~ Places In The Home said...

Visiting from My Romantic Home, Jessie. Your vintage pretties are lovely. I like the look and vintage feel of these knobs. Simple, vintage, and crystal- a unforgettable combination and gorgeous statement. Great tip!

Cindy Adkins said...

I love, love, love glass knobs! They add so much to just about anything. Everything looks great!

Heaven's Walk said...

Lovely, Jessie! The sparkly knobs. The roses. The awesome French pitcher. Lovely!

xoxo laurie

Heirloom treasures said...

They look so shabby chic, which I love and with the blue and the flowers well, gorgeous.
I have just completed some side tables using those knobs and also found the screws too long, my hubby cut them down with a hacksaw blade as they were still too long even with the washers. I am a new follower Happy monday xx

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you so much Darleen, Cindy, Laurie & Jeanette for your kind words - it's greatly appreciated! :)

Take care and have a great night!


SmilingSally said...

I love mixing blue with white.

Happy Blue Monday to you, Jessie!

michele said...

the pitcher is absolutely incredible and i couldn't take my eyes off it.

love the glass knobs and the way they transform in a simple chic way!


stefanie said...


Kim, USA said...

Wow love that knobs!

My Blue

joyh82 said...

Love it, big fan of glass knobs and love the pretty flowers in the vintage pitcher. Happy Halloween! New follower :)

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you everyone once again for your kind comments, I greatly appreciate it! :)

Hugs & Smiles,

Geneva said...

Your knobs look beautiful on your cabinets, but they also looked quite charming in your blue and white plate... I'd be tempted to keep some there all the time. Enjoyed visiting your blog! Great Job!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

@Geneva: Thank you kindly for dropping by my page and offering such kind thoughts about my post. :) So glad you enjoyed your visit. Take care and have a wonderful day!


Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Glass knobs for doors and cabinets definitely say "cottage"! They're a lovely addition to your doors. ;)

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Your vintage glass knobs are wonderful and I love how you displayed them on the English plate. Adding the pitcher and pretty bouquet you have set up a lovely vignette.
And, thank you for the handy tip about the washers.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Unknown said...

Love your glass knobs. That are classic! :) Thank you so much for linking your post to FCF! I'm sorry it has taken me all week to get around to all my guests.


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