Clearly the goal of the unit was to highlight the comic books, so I wanted some way to make the unit itself themed without being overwhelming (which is good, given Troy's paint choices for his new office - stay tuned, true believers!) I considered a few different options, ranging from wood burning (would have been awesome, but the dye/tinted poly were too dark for it to really show up), to painted comic book covers on the sides. The problem with most of those options, however, was time and maintaining the surprise aspect of the project.
So I looked into knobs. Hobby Lobby actually sells super hero drawer knobs (just not on their website). They're really cool looking (see left), but had a few downsides. First, they're $7.99(!!) each. That's a little steep for a DIY project, especially when I needed ten of them. Also, they didn't have ten different options, so there would have been a lot of repetition, rather than superhero representation. So I kept looking. Etsy to the (inspiration) rescue!
The IKEA RASTs came with knobs, and it seems like a lot of the super hero drawer knobs that are being sold on Etsy are those same knobs, just painted with super hero logos. Well, I figured I could do that, and then customize and represent at the same time. So that's what I did.
First, I painted all 12 knobs white, figuring that I would screw up some of the detail painting along the way (that absolutely happened). In doing the detail painting, I focused on the top of the knob exclusively, and left the sides to paint later. I used these brushes and acrylic paint. The knob painting probably took about four hours total, but I was watching American Pickers and intermittently doing homework, so that's a pretty rough estimate.
As you can see, I opted to include the logos for the Legion of Superheroes, Thor, Spiderman, Batman, Captain America, Yellow Jacket (Troy is a big Hank Pym fan), Iron Man, the X-Men, Avengers, and the Fantastic Four. I'm happy with the variation, and mostly with the way that the knobs came out. In retrospect, if you screw up with black paint, it takes a lot of coats to cover over completely (more coats than say, my Avengers knob actually got).
To protect the knobs, I sealed them with a couple of coats of clear polyurethane, and hid them in a drawer until it was time to move everything to the new house and assemble the unit. So much stealth!
Who would you include in the knobs?