Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kitchen Jewelry

Adding or changing hardware is one of the single easiest ways to change up or update a kitchen (or bathroom, or piece of furniture...).

Building our house wasn't the most glorious process for us.  In fact, thanks to our builder, it was pretty stressful.  We had to make every design choice for the house - including every electrical, exterior, structural, etc. decision - in one, 2-hour session.  When we left, I wanted to cry, I was so overwhelmed.

The result was several elements in our house where we simply chose the standard, often ugly or lame, builder option because we didn't know for sure what we wanted, and didn't want to pay for upgrades that we might have ended up hating.

I do love our house, and I love DIY and customizing things to exactly what we want, but there are a lot of things in my home currently that I strongly dislike.  A lot.
But slowly but surely, we're making progress.

Here is our kitchen when we moved in, August of 2007.

Thanks to [finally] some new furniture and a couple additional design choices, here's how it looked in November of 2011:
New table/chairs, some bar stools, new light fixture... it's getting there.

But I still hated how the cabinetry looked so FLAT.
So, in step 1 of the great kitchen update of 2012, I finally picked out some hardware and picked up the drill.

I added bin pulls to the drawers, and simple knobs to the doors.
Here's a tip when you're adding hardware to cabinet doors - knob/handle placement is important!
Initially, you may find yourself wanting to place your cabinet knobs right in the corner of the door. In the moment, it SEEMS logical.
Don't do it.

Placed in the points of the doors, knobs end up looking pinched, and too close together.
When you take a step back, the knobs end up looking shoved in the corners.
 Raising them up an inch or so automatically looks more proportionate to the size of the cabinet door.  And, it looks more professional.

 Another absolute is to make sure they are EVEN - nothing screams bad DIY job like crooked cabinet knobs.  Because they end up so close together, it is super noticeable when they are crooked.

A tool like this one (I don't even know what it's called?) will keep your hardware even and on track.

It provides different spacing options for your holes and fits over the corner of the cabinet.  You just make your mark, then flip the template over to use for the opposite door.

Makes it pretty easy to get perfectly-spaced hardware.

You can find them very inexpensively at any hardware store, and sometimes even at Target or Wal-Mart.

We've got a ways to go yet on the kitchen, but at least now we've added a little texture and a little sparkle.
Adding or updating hardware is the perfect way to add a little "jewelry" to your kitchen cabinetry.
And what girl doesn't like jewelry? ;)


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  1. Love the new bin pulls and the knobs! It's the little things... (but I KNOW how expensive they can be)
    raising them does make a big difference!

  2. I am upgrading by adding hardware right now and am using the template, but wanted to make one reminder/suggestion. If the builder didn't hang your doors straight/level, you might end up with uneven knobs when using the template so take a look at that too :-)