When is a better time than summer to make some nautical knobs for a nice weathered furniture piece? I was given this coffee table and as I started to sand the paint (Anne Sloan Chalk Paint- Pure White) I loved how the wood grain started coming through!
I love heavily weathered/distressed furniture but it is WAY out of my comfort zone to distress this much. I am so glad I just kept sanding because the grain popping through is beautiful and gave this coffee table the perfect beachy look.
Next, came the hunt for nautical knobs.
|via Hobby Lobby|
I loved the look of both of these knobs but I needed the knobs like yesterday quickly and I’m super cheap. So I ran to Joann Fabrics, bought a roll of Jute with my 50% coupon and headed home to update our old kitchen cabinet knobs.
I did a Google search for sailor’s knots and found out the one I wanted was called the Monkey’s Fist. Then, I hopped over to You Tube and searched for how to tie a Monkey’s fist knot. Bingo! I found this video which is quite easy to understand and follow.
Took me quite a few practice runs until I decided because of the size of the knob and the diameter or the jute that I needed to add more loops to my knot. I followed the same basic directions but did 5 loops per side instead of 3. I also hot glued coils of jute on to the bottom of the knob to make it a circle before I started the knot to go around it (it kept slipping off the flat knob bottom). After the knot was completed and tightened I secured the tails with hot glue and I pumped some glue under different parts of the knot to keep it secure.
The end result! A success!
It may take a little practice but YOU can do this too!!! Do it! It’s not like I’m making you walk the plank or anything!