Reader Angela loved the vintage Amerock starburst backplates that Kate used on her bathroom vanity. So when she needed hardware for her kitchen cabinets, Angela wanted starbursts. Angela found them on Ebay, but at $28 each it would have cost nearly $1,000 for just the 34 backplates she needed. Instead of giving up, Angela got creative — and made an army of sparkly aqua acrylic copies from one Amerock original.
I really wanted atomic starburst backplates in my kitchen, but good grief they were expensive. I didn’t want the Rejuvenation Hardware version with four measly points, I wanted a vintage atomic with eight points! I found a whole hoard of new old stock on eBay, but ouch! $28 each? I needed 34 of them!
So, I purchased one of the eBay versions and got to work. I made molds with Easymold Silicone Putty. (affiliate link)
Then, I cast the backplates using Craft Casting Clear Epoxy (affiliate link). It took quite a bit of trial and error as the color I was trying to achieve was teal … not blue, not green, not turquoise, teal! I was trying to match the original tile sizzle stick in my kitchen’s backsplash. I started by practicing with colors I didn’t care for, with the most inexpensive craft glitter, then went into the teal attempts. By the time I was done, I had more than 100 extras! Did I mention I am obsessed with atomic starbursts? Yeah.
To get matching knobs, I purchased very inexpensive ceramic dead stock from a junk shop near my home, 0.33¢ each. I coated the knobs with the matching glitter mix, then with numerous coats of clear acrylic.
I was also able to fix the knob on my yellow Deluxe DeVille model O’Keefe & Merritt stove I bought off Craigslist from L.A. I couldn’t find another knob anywhere. Apparently, the DeVille model was only made for a few years, so I:
- Found an old knob with the same shaft
- Removed every piece of the shaft from the knob I wanted to keep
- Broke apart the replacement knob and sawed out the shaft
- Glued the shaft on with the right stuff and really let it dry (like a week)
- Filled the inside of the knob with acrylic to support the glued-in shaft
So far, it’s working great!
NOTE: The acrylic is really sticky! Keep it in a safe place, away from foofy dog tails, while it’s drying!
As the fellow owner of a dog with a ‘foofy’ tail, I agree — keeping curious pups away from sticky substances — like wet paint or uncured acrylic — is a must. Wow — way to be resourceful Angela! Mega thanks for sharing your tips and tricks with us.