Repainting Wooden Furniture to Match Nursery

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Article Originally Featured on House Tipster

A baby was an unexpected joy for me and my partner, but we took on this journey head first and saved money along the way! I repainted an older dresser and nightstand to coordinate with the nursery’s colors, saving significantly on decorating costs. Here are five steps to tackling that painting project before your new addition arrives... continue reading article... 

Creating New Holes For Dresser Knobs

(Follow Steps in the Article Above Prior to this Step)

After completely painting and coating the last dresser, I went to purchase new dresser knobs and realized that the pre-existing holes for the knobs had an odd sizing. I went to multiple stores to find knobs that fit the holes until accepting the fact that I was going to have to create new holes. So before throwing on your new coat of paint, make sure you can find dresser knobs that fit, and if you can't find the right sized knobs then here are the steps you can take to create new holes.

Things You'll Need:

  • Spackling Paste
  • Regular Knife or Spackle Knife
  • Drill/Drill Bits
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Ruler/Measuring Tape
  • Medium Sanding Wedge
  • Gloves (optional)


Filling the Holes with Spackling Paste and Sanding

Use the specific knife you have to smear the spackle inside and over the pre-existing knob holes. You may have to use your hand to ensure the spackle is going into the hole (this is when the gloves can be used). Once all the holes are completely filled, wait 20-30 minutes for the spackle to dry.

Drilling In the New Holes

Once the spackle has dried, use the measuring tape to mark where the new holes will be drilled in comparison to the sizing of the new dresser knobs. After accurately measuring, use the drill and drill bits to drill holes where you made your marks.


Take the medium sanding wedge and smooth over where your new holes have been drilled in and also sand where you spackled to create a completely smooth surface.

You're ready to move onto the steps of painting!

Just To Know

The process of creating new holes will go after step two in the article featured on House Tipster.

I did this process after completely re-painting my furniture piece, so I had to backtrack and repaint over the spackled holes.

DON'T BE LIKE ME! Check the hole sizings and compare it to your new knobs before painting!