Wednesday night, we stayed up late and put all of our new hardware on the newly painted cabinets. A lot of our old knobs were bent or broken so we gave them to my parents since they don’t have hardware on their cabinets now and have about half as many cabinets as we have so there would be enough okay ones for them to use. For our kitchen, we chose knobs for the doors and pulls for the drawers–both from Schoolhouse Electric.
Even though we’ll only be keeping these cabinets in our kitchen for maybe a year more, we plan to move them into the garage and wanted to make sure we didn’t end up with more bent hardware. These are nice and heavy! We went with the 1 1/2″ Chatham knobs which are completely classic looking. I love the backplate, too.
And for the drawers, we picked the Mission Pull in the same oil-rubbed bronze finish as the knob, but they look more like a matte black–win.
Chris used a hardware template–(a must have, this one is awesome!) to drill all the holes and I followed behind and screwed the hardware in place on all the doors and drawers, including the dummy drawers by the sink. The whole process took us about an hour total and we woke up to a new kitchen. The hardware ties in nicely with our new stools and chandelier in the dining room, too.
Our style in this home is a casual modern meets classic…and I think if we had a different backsplash/countertop and, of course, different lighting, we could get there in the kitchen. Since installing our new dining room chandelier, we haven’t had to use that eye-sore or a fluorescent light again–but we’re gonna give it a couple weeks to be sure before we take it down and cap it until the remodel. But, alas, we’re calling this mini-makeover done and we’re so happy with the transformation. We started with this (after painting the whole great room):
And now after moving the pantry over and reconfiguring the island, DIYing a new countertop, installing new floors, removing the microwave and painting the cabinets we have this:
When we do remodel, we plan to change the layout of the kitchen, so adding new lighting now wouldn’t make sense to us. We have received so many questions about where this kitchen is headed, and although we don’t know for sure yet we spend a lot of nights after the girls fall asleep drawing up ideas and we’re loving every minute of it. I’m sure we’ll change our minds at least 3 more times before we decide on something for sure. There isn’t room for Chris’s dream kitchen, but we’re gonna work out the details and get it as close as we can. We’ll share some of those ideas soon enough.
Happy Weekend to you!