Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A loose screw...or ten

How thrilled was I when I found a quick and free solution to a hardware issue that's been bugging me in the kitchen? The kitchen is the room where I've done the absolute least amount of work, though one of my favorite vignettes (yep that's a decorating term) is in there:

Ah, I love this shelving unit. Vintage spice rack from my grandmother. Espresso set. Cookbooks. Plant that refuses to die no matter how bad we are at watering it and actually just keeps growing. And, as I realized the other day while sitting at the kitchen table while Sam cooked, one of many clear signs that there aren't typically children in our apartment: a knife block on the bottom shelf.

A close up on my favorite two shelves:

In any case, this post is not about some awesome project in my kitchen, because I'm just not yet sure if I'm going to invest in any real changes in that room. (Translation: I'll probably paint it at some point in some fit of madness this summer.) What the post is about is how annoying it was that all the knobs kept coming loose on the kitchen cabinets no matter how much I tightened them. But I read about a nifty little trick using a household item I have in stock aplenty: clear nail polish. I just screwed off the knobs one by one and coated the screws in the nail polish like so:

Then I screwed the knobs back on before the nail polish dried.


Yep, really that easy. And so quick I did it while I was also making these:

Best way to celebrate a home improvement success!


  1. I hope you like those knobs -- they are NEVER coming off!!!

    1. Haha - I'm not a big fan of them, but even though they might be in this apartment forever, fortunately I won't be!