Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach

Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach
How I'd spend every day if I weren't redecorating, cooking, sewing and blogging!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bling for my Cabinets

I signed my hero husband, SuperDave, up for a mini-project in our kitchen over the weekend.  He loves it when I do that!  wink  A mini-project around our house is one that can be completed in one day or less.  We've been working on the kitchen off and on since we moved into the house so it's a continual work in progress. 

So this weekend's mini-project was CABINET HARDWARE!  I dearly LOVE hardware and light fixtures, they are like the bling bling jewelry for your home.  I've been looking at hardware for years and just never made a final decision and brought it home. But I made a final choice this week because I'm gearing up to paint the island black and when that is done I wanted the hardware finished so I didn't have to wait another day for it to be complete.

Back in the 80's home builders came up with some cost savings ideas for cabinets.  The first being little slots on the cabinets so you didn't "need" hardware.  The second being the switch from stain grade to paint grade wood. Both resulted in huge savings, but sadly also resulted in many people painting over their beautiful stain grade cabinetry to "update" their homes to today's standard.  I can't describe my stained cabinets as beautiful because I would never pick an oak stain color. I'm working on a solution to that because I really don't want to paint all the stain grade wood. Stay tuned for my solution.
 

No hardware - I'm thinking these would be much better with opaque glass panels

 Notice how lighting makes a big difference in the color of the cabinets in these photos.  They actually look more like the photo below in person.



Drawer handles were the first step
  

 

Tools required include a drill, a screwdriver and a Diet Coke



As usual, modifications were required, the screws for the handles
were a little too long so I got to use Big Girl Tools
 A little blood was shed on this project - I pinched my hand once,
but it's already healing up nicely

I'm LOVING the bronze hardware with copper showing on the edges,
it matches my new faucet and outlet covers on the backsplash
Also loving the knob set on the diagonal,
diamond shapes are SO much COOLER than squares

The lovely new hardware even makes the old oak colored cabinets look a little better
and my sweetie was glad he could make me so happy with a mini-project
So now I'm just dancing around the kitchen opening drawers and cabinets with my new knobs and handles.  Sweet! 

Much Love & Laughter,


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5 comments:

It's All Connected said...

Hardware is definitely jewellery for cabinetry! I redid a kitchen for a client by removing the centre panels and replacing them with seeded glass. You could only see a dim outline of what was inside and the rest of the wood looked great. ~ Maureen

Sooner Laura said...

Maureen, That's exactly the look I want - just the outline of what is inside. So far I'm having problems finding someone to cut out the center panels of wood. My husband is worried he won't get them cut out perfectly. I could buy new doors, but that would cost a lot more and the solid oak doors are in good condition, they just need a face lift.

Nancy @ The Headmistress said...

I love the hardware! We redid our kitchen last year and have similar handles! Enjoy!
Nancy

Pamela said...

Laura your new hardware looks great! Nothing easier than adding hardware to dress up a kitchen! Thanx for coming to THT and I hope your weekend is going well!:)

micki @ ADD housewife said...

hardware can make such a difference! Very nice! found you from debbie doos