This is the companion piece to my vintage vanity-a long dresser with lots ‘o drawers (and LOTS ‘o knobs!) I’m not very good at making decisions, so knob-wise, I went through many options. 5, to be exact. Everyone goes through trial and error when it comes to design, so I thought I’d share the evolution of this piece. My Mom picked this set up at a thrift store many years back-consisting of the dresser, the vanity and mirror, a headboard, and a bookcase. Here’s how it all started (in my parent’s house), with it’s original green color and knobs I really did not enjoy:
It was even missing a knob on the side there. Nice.
So I painted it white and moved it to my apartment in the city. Following my first instinct, I put the same white Rosy Knob on it that I have on my vanity:
|This was when I first moved in-still working out the decor situation!|
Then I thought, hmm, maybe a pop of color would be better. Maybe the white is boring. And Anthro had the knobs in a few fun colors, so I tried teal:
I didn’t like the shades of the teal or the pink, so I went to Anthro and fell in love with a few of their black and white options. I chose this one:
I actually kept that for a few months. But I never really loved it, then I got totally bored of it. I felt like it needed a touch of metallic, so I went back again and got this:
I thought I would like the gold hardware in the middle, but for some reason it didn’t look right to me. Keep in mind this dresser has (count ’em) 17 knobs-versus other pieces of furniture, which usually have about two to six. So changing them out a million times was a bit of a project. But when it comes to design, I know when something’s right and when it’s not, and I just never felt any of these options were right. Until I came to my current decision, which I am totally and completely happy with:
Surprise, surprise! After ALL that, I went back to the original white. I thought I needed a pop of color in the knobs, but as it turns out, there are so very many knobs on this piece that the colored ones looked overwhelming and just off. The white knobs have impact by virtue of their large size, but the fact that they’re white allows them to blend in and just lend a textural quality to the piece. I’m glad I tried all the different hardware though, so that way I know I’m happy with what I have. Also, Anthropologie is awesome because they have no time limit on returns, so I never had any problem returning the hardware I changed my mind about! Lucky for me.
An aside: I totally wanted to do handles on the bottom drawers, but unfortunately there’s a non-standard distance between the two holes, so I couldn’t easily find handles that fit. And I was not interested in whippin’ out the drill and spackle (neither of which I have) to drill new holes and fill the old ones. So knobs it is, and I love the neutral look!