Our little old kitchen has come a long, long way since we first moved in. It used to be full of fruity (literally) tile, ugly cabinets, and the most ridiculous countertops you’ve ever seen in your life. But, about a year ago I went wild with my paintbrush and took care of all of those issues – the room is looking so much better now, but something was missing.
Notice the nudity?
My poor kitchen cabinets haven’t had any hardware since we painted them – we reinstalled the drawer hardware pretty quickly (because goodness it’s annoying to open drawers without any drawer pulls), but the rest of it has been naked. For a year.
But, good news – we have hardware now! Phew!
The awesome people at D. Lawless Hardware took pity on us and our naked cabinets, and they offered to send some drawer pulls and cabinet knobs our way. I’ve known all along exactly what I wanted for this space, so I was more than a little bit happy when I discovered that they had exactly what I wanted. We chose these for the drawers and these for the cabinets and, you guys, if I could write this entire post in heart-eyed emojis I would. There are no words for how much I love this hardware and what a big difference it made in the room. I’m such a sucker for those gold cup drawer pulls, and I feel so fancy now that I have them in my house. There’s just something about that luxe-looking gold curve that makes me a little weak in the knees.
I was also adamant that I wanted knobs instead of bigger handles on the cabinets – before, the pulls on the cabinets were basically the same as the drawers and I hated the look. They seemed so clunky and awkward, and it annoyed me that everything was the same. So, when we painted the cabinets we went ahead and patched one of the holes so that we’d only have one on each door. I’m so glad that we went this route, because the knobs look so much better than the old handles did!
I was worried that the gold tones wouldn’t match and that it would make me a little twitchy every time I looked at it, but thankfully they coordinate perfectly. There’s so much sparkle in my kitchen now that I can’t help but smile every time I go in there! Although, my hand still needs to get used to opening the drawers by reaching under the pull and not sticking my hand through. There have been more than a few jammed fingers in my house lately thanks to me not paying attention to what I’m doing. #klutz
This little project was such a great reminder to me that sometimes it doesn’t take a huge change or a lot of money to make a mega difference in a room. It took us all of 20 minutes to install the pulls and knobs, and it’s such a small detail in the room, but it really makes everything feel so much more finished. It’s so easy to ignore these little projects because they don’t really interfere with your day-to-day life (honestly, I usually didn’t even notice that we didn’t have hardware in there – I just became blind to it!) but once you finally get ‘er done it makes a world of difference.
I mean, come on.
Our cabinets have gone from looking nice to looking awesome and all it took was some dang gold cup pulls. Why didn’t I do this sooner?!
Oh, and because I know so many of you are curious – I’ve got a post coming up later this week with tons of details on how our painted countertops and cabinets holding up after a year and what we think about the project. Stay tuned for that post!
If you want to see the transformation of our kitchen from start to finish, here ya go:
- Removing the upper cabinets
- Our IKEA kitchen island
- Painting the tile backsplash
- Painting the cabinets
- Painting the counters
- Adding a beadboard backsplash
- Installing open shelving
- Changing out the fridge
- Adding a wood sign above the window