5.30.2012

Builder Grade to Beautiful: Cabinet Hardware

One of the easiest (I think) ways to finish a kitchen and/or bath is to install cabinet hardware. Not only is it easy but it's fairly inexpensive! Double good news! :)

The day after we closed on our new home we ordered cabinet hardware. We ordered it from Amazon.com because we found the style we wanted and a really unbelievable deal. My husband is really particular (and honestly I can be too) so he didn't want any thing but stainless steel bar pulls for the cabinets. We scoured the local hardware and big box stores and the prices we found were pretty outrageous. The prices in stores ranged from $4-12 EACH! Yikes! That's why I generally turn to the internet for shopping. The prices are much more competitive. The only problem is that sometimes you can't tell what you're getting. I have made purchases online without checking all the specifications (big no no) and/or the materials used. I wasn't sure if these pulls would come in and be flimsy or cheap looking but I'm not afraid to send things back so I usually go for it.

We purchased 2 packs of 10 of the 10" pulls and 2 packs of 10 of the 6" pulls. This would cover all our kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets as well. We ended up using the 10" pulls on the cabinet doors and the 6" pulls on the drawers. 10" pulls on everything would be great but we saved some money by going with the 6" pulls for half and it gives a little variation which is nice. I'm not sure how often or when these go on sale but we actually got them for about $5 less per pack so it was certainly a steal! It's still a great price because they are about $2.30-2.80 per pull (with shipping).

Now for the install... We found a template for installing any kind of knob or pull on any cabinet or drawer. It was a couple bucks and well worth it!


My husband used the template and pulls to find which holes to use and marked them with a sharpie. I highly recommend marking them because it's really easy to accidentally use the wrong hole... and then you have a real dilemma because it's hard to fill a whole on a cabinet door. He followed the directions on the template (though I'm sure he'll tell you he didn't need them :)) and the results were fantastic!

They turned out great and I think it "finishes" the cabinets... plus it keeps the corners of the cabinet door clean!


 






For less than $100 and about 2.5 hours we have a nice finished look to all the cabinets in our home!

If you are looking for a simple knob (and something even less expensive) then there is another option you can consider which are these 1 1/4" nickel knobs. If you have a Wal-Mart close to you then you might choose these or these (if you want the oil rubbed bronze look instead) which will save you a couple bucks because you can ship to the store and pick it up when you are in the area.

Ciao for now!

-> Kassy <-

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