Aaaaannddd we have hardware!! Can you believe it took us nearly two years to get to this point? I will tell you it took absolutely no seconds at all to get used to opening our cabinets and drawers with handles.
The original plan was to get bin pulls for the drawers and knobs for the doors from Schoolhouse Electric–for a classic look. But in the name of retail therapy on this day–I splurged just a bit on the Gilmore pulls for the drawers and the Grafton Metal pull for the doors; both from Restoration Hardware, both 4 inches. I should say, they were on sale at the time, which helped me pull the proverbial plug without hesitation.
When they arrived, Chris was unaware I got both the bin pulls and the handles–he assumed I just got all handles–which, what?!, was never the plan. There was a lot of nervous laughter on my part, but luckily they look real sharp paired together–we both think so.
As for the finish, we decided on a satin nickel–which felt classic, but a little risky. Sometimes I think satin nickel looks just like an incredibly matte version of nickel. But from the photos online, I had great hopes that they would arrive shiny and very close in color to our stainless appliances and–hey, they did!
To install the hardware, we picked up an $11 hardware template (cheaper online!) from Home Depot, which in Chris’s words is, “the best $11 spent!” Really, it made the job so quick. Maybe too quick, because in the speed of marking and drilling holes, Chris drilled holes for all the bin pulls too. … … Oh, um, those screw on from the front, hon. Eeks! So, Sunday night, we filled in all of the holes on every drawer, sanded and then repainted.
And then, this is kind of sad, when we finally started screwing in the bin pulls–all of the screws started breaking. All of them. Murphy’s Law? Luckily, we were able to find really good matches to the screws that came with the bin pulls, Restoration Hardware totally got an email, and now that the hardware is on–we couldn’t be happier. Note: we added bin pulls to the faux drawers under the sink–not functional, but they look pretty!
We had a little set back with our counters (more words on that once we have all the details of the solution), so we are tackling lighting in here next. Which you may or MAY be able to tell from the photo above–this kitchen could use some attention in that department.
Ps. Anyone want to come and help paint our extremely cream-colored vaulted ceiling. woof.