Replacing boring dresser knobs with toy cars

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Create a custom look for your boys dresser by switching the boring standard knobs for toy car dresser knobs.

Over a year ago I posted a picture on Pinterest of our boys new wardrobe dresser with toy car dresser knobs. People repinned it and were wondering how the toy car knobs were made. I’ve been meaning to show you how you can make your own dresser knobs ever since I started this blog.


  • A dresser or closet
  • Toy cars
  • Round headed bolt
  • Nuts
  • A (pillar) drill


When his little sister was due we needed a new wardrobe closet for our boy because his little sister would get his furniture. We were actually expecting a lot of drama with the switch and already switched him to his new bed three months in advance to give him time to adjust. You can imagine our surprise when it only took him one night to get adjusted to his big boy bed. I guess he was ready to grow up more than we wanted him to!


rast-drawer-chest-ikeaWe bought the RAST 3 drawer chest at the local IKEA. I love that the RAST is made out of solid wood. This makes it sturdy and easy to hack or customise. For this project I stuck with customising the RAST. I bought an off-white non toxic paint at the hardware store and painted all the wooden parts. All but the dresser knobs!


pillar drill toy carI bought the toy cars at the thrift store. The next day I went over to my dad’s and used his pillar drill to drill holes through the toy cars. You can use a normal drill just as well but I was going over there anyway. If you use a normal drill you can secure your toy car in a bench vice before drilling. This way if the drill slips you won’t harm yourself. If you’re in need of a good quality drill, check out these cordless drill reviews over at the Coolest Gadgets website.



While I was at the hardware store to buy paint I also grabbed 6 round headed bolts and nuts. I used them to attach the toy cars to the dresser. And voila a whole new look!!


RAST with toy car knobsI originally planned on doing this with plastic farm animals but our then toddler boy persisted on cars. The options are endless as long as you can drill a hole in it and the object still is sturdy enough. I am waiting for the next kids room make over!


What would you want to use as dresser knobs?




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  1. Oh these are so cool! Love the idea…you could really do this with any type of small toy or item. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Thank you so much! Mine craft pulls would be amazing! I was looking at kids dresser knobs in the store and they are way to expensive and not fun enough. That’s when I decided to DIY them.

  2. This is a brilliant idea! It makes me wish we had a little boy so I could do something like this for his room! I have recently started a new link up party with a few other awesome bloggers and we would love to have you stop by and share your dresser makeover! The party gets started every Tuesday night at 7pm. I hope to see you there!

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