Sometimes I get this wild hair to do something and I have to do it rightthisminute. Those wild hairs have really been rare since having kids but last week told a different story. After seeing John and Sherry’s amazing kitchen renovation, we needed new hardware on our kitchen cabinets….okay, wanted…wanted knew hardware. I loved how they placed knobs on their upper cabinets and coordinating handles on their lower and our kitchen was begging for it.
So, last week I plucked that wild hair and replaced all of our hardware with new, more modern handles on the bottom cabinets and coordinating knobs on the top.
Our old pulls weren’t bad and truth be told, they were actually pretty nice as seen in these old pictures:
But, they were definitely a little more traditional than the new bar pulls I bought and I thought adding modern pulls would make our refurbished kitchen look a little more modern; not like the old kitchen it is that we set new appliances in and painted cabinets to make it look new.
Old on the left; new on the right:
Replacing the lower cabinet hardware was easy peasy. All I had to do was remove the old and install the new in the same holes. The uppers were a different story. I had to remove the old pulls, fill in the holes they left behind, drill new knob holes, and then screw in the new knobs. On top of all that though, I figured it was high time I touched up the paint on our cabinets. After almost five years, there were a few places where the paint was chipped just from normal, everyday use. It was a simple fix though. I just washed down all of the cabinets (something that also needed to be done) and used a small artists’ paint brush and leftover paint to paint right over those small chips.
Once everything was painted, I got to work filling and drilling for the knobs. To fill the holes in, I used Bondo (purchased on Amazon because it was cheaper there than at Lowe’s) after seeing Chelsea use it to repair her dining chairs. The stuff is great and perfect if you’re like me and want immediate results. It dries super quick! I filled the holes, sanded them down, and had them covered in paint in under a half hour. The one thing I didn’t do though was pay attention to detail. I replaced all of the hardware in sections over four days time and everytime I had a chance to get to work, it was a small chunk of time while the kids were playing or Gianna was taking a cat nap. So, I rushed and I shouldn’t have because there are places where I didn’t spend enough time sanding the Bondo so that it was completely flush with the door and other places where I should’ve went back and added more, like on this door:
Can you see those two small indentations right where the old pulls were installed? *sigh* Lesson learned: Don’t rush through a project. I’ll probably go back over and sand or re-fill the next time our cabinets need a touch-up and thanfully, the imperfections aren’t all that noticeable but the fact remains, they are there and I shouldn’t have rushed. My OCD self will suffer everytime she sees them…
Anyway, lets get to the best part of this little project. It will end up costing me a few bucks or even be FREE! How? Well, because we’re going to sell the old hardware for what we paid for the new – just under $25 for 23 pieces. The old hardware is still sold at our local Lowe’s for $3 a pop and we bought the new at a fantastic price from the same place I bought the hardware for the kids’ play kitchen – eBay! The knobs cost us 99 cents a piece and the pulls were $1.39 a piece – a fraction of what you’ll find them at in your local hardware store. And, we can attest to their quality. They’re heavy, brushed metal pieces of hardware that I’m sure will last just as long as the ones in-store.
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Maybe it’s just me enjoying the change, but it kind of amazing how much of a difference hardware can make in a space. We have original-to-the-house, ugly pulls on our master bath cabinets and I can’t wait to swap those out for these too. Of course there’s a whole laundry list of updates we want to do in there eventually so you’ll have to stay tuned for those. ;)
On another note relating to bathroom hardware, do you think it should match what’s in your kitchen? I’ve seen lots of HGTV remodels where they install the same throughout the house. Or is it better that it just coordinates? Or maybe it doesn’t really matter at all and they can all be different and as long as they go with the rest of the decor in that particular room. What say you fine readers? I’m kind of asking because we were thinking of grabbing matching pulls for our bathroom, but in brass since a lot of the fixtures might be heading down the brass route. Should we stick with the same or go different? Of course this will all be happening months from now but it’s never too early to get a head start with plans, right? :)
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P.S. I’m sorry this isn’t more of a tutorial! We’ve been slowly tackling a lot of boring things around here like hemming Anthony’s pants, fixing broken toys and books, and doing an entire house purge so I didn’t have a lot of time to document this whole process while it was happening. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be sure to answer them!
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