|Are Fantastic Plastic Cabinet Knobs Soon to Be a Thing of the Past? Find these at Peleda.etsy.com|
|I still can't believe this is made of concrete, find them at KastConcrete.com|
Now imagine my surprise when I found Greg Hensey out of Alabama out of his Kast Concrete Decor Etsy Shop has decided to go up against plastic one small knob at a time. He's taken something that we normally don't think of as being able to be "dainty". When I think concrete I think of my uncle, a stone mason, who pours basements and steps, and walls, I never see the tiny details that Greg has managed to encompass in a single, teeny, tiny knob. How could he make it so gorgeous in design when in fact it's made of concrete? It is true now after seeing this I fear for the lives of plastic knobs. Will they soon be defunct because of Greg's gorgeous designs?
|On Etsy you can find these knobs at KastConcreteDesign.etsy.com|
I suppose I should back up first. Originally pre and during World War One plastics plants were molding everything from telephone handsets to plastic knobs. Mainly in the beginning everything was brown or butterscotch.
|Brown vintage radio and tv knobs available at carriesattic.etsy.com|
|This old butterscotch bakelite knob has held up quite well. It goes on your car, find it at RelicsAntiques.etsy.com|
These knobs went to everything and anything you could think of from car radios, to televisions to airplane controls. Some kitchen cabinet or furniture drawer knobs originally dating back to 1930's to 1940's were made of bakelite. Often becoming brittle and disintegrating over time, they were hard to repair or find replacements and the colors were limited until the late 1940's when Bakelite began introducing more colors--moving into stronger plastics production and the cool 1950's colorful era of knobs. Most radios still had clear knobs for instance if you bought a pink radio, sometimes the plastic knobs were clear and not pink, but in the rare case of this 1950's model (below), you would have the best red knobs yet:
|BigRiverMercantile on Etsy has this great 1951 radio just waiting for you.|
Over time the strength of the plastic improved but still, most kitchens upgraded to polished metal by the 1950's (although stove knobs were a mix of plastic and metal) Keep in mind those metal knobs would dull or show rust over time, so moving into the 1960s-1990's harder resin plastics and wood became more and more acceptable in the kitchen. Now, if you are wondering, just where did all those gazillions of old plastic knobs go?
|Stores like CaityAshBadashery on Etsy sell old plastic knobs to artists to make things.|
|Enter the Roxanne Knob. Oh yeah. Only $8 each at KastConcreteDecor on Etsy.com|
Wow. R.I.P. little plastic knobs. It was nice knowing you.
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