Today is the big hanging-the-cabinets day! Unfortunately it’s also find-a-dentist-quick day because Chris’s filling and part of his tooth came out while brushing his teeth at work. And Greta has decided to continue her cranky streak because of her teeth, too. Except, in her case, they are busting through her gums–not out of her mouth. Luckily, I have been saving coupons for dentists since we moved here. So I forwarded all of that information to Chris and Greta is napping and I am browsing around the www for cabinet hardware trying to get excited about hanging-the-cabinets day again.
If you remember, our cabinets didn’t have any hardware on them:
Which, actually was pretty nice when it came time to paint them. But now that they are all shiny and new (err…looking), it may be time to add the finishing touch of hardware to the doors and drawers. We’re not sure. More on that in a second. First, as soon as talk of hardware starts the great debate arises: knobs or handles. Which actually wasn’t much of a debate at our house, it went something like this:
Me–Honey, should we get knobs or handles for our cabinets?
Chris–Definitely handles. I hate knobs.
Me–You hate knobs? Have you seen this kitchen? (at which point, he leans over from his side of the bed and takes a look)
Still Me: Maybe we could have some knobs and some handles.
Chris: I don’t really like knobs.
Me: (I forget about knobs and start googling for the best handles out there)
Turns out, there are great examples of kitchens that are strictly handles. Here are two of my favorites:
And sometimes, when you don’t have a hatred for a certain kind of hardware–it’s just not worth putting up a fuss. I’m cool with handles. Since we have larger plans for the kitchen in the next year or so, we may or may not take the hardware plunge right away. We aren’t even sure our current cabinets are gonna stick around. We plan to remove the corner pantry to give our kitchen more space and create a rectangle instead of it’s current polygon shape. Add a double wall oven next to the fridge and a cooktop on the counter where the stove is now. Bring in a big hood over the cooktop. Add some backsplash. Open shelving. Lower drawers. Lots of changes. Painting the cabinets is just to tide us over, really. But there are some other things that we plan on doing before the big kitchen reno: making a punchy roman shade and getting a new countertop depth fridge and dishwasher. Both of those appliances are on their last leg and we pretty much keep all fingers and toes crossed that they’ll continue working until we have enough pennies to buy new ones. So far, it seems to be working, although there are some days that our dishwasher scares us and doesn’t drain. Yeeesh.
And now that I have gotten a little off topic, time to reel it back in: Are you a knob or handle person?