Thinking about renovating your kitchen, or getting your kitchen cabinets painted? You probably have tons of questions.
Over the next month and a half, we’ll take you step by step through the process in our 7-part How to Take Your Kitchen From Drab to Fab: The Ultimate Refabulated Guide series. We’ll go through the details to give you the kitchen makeover you deserve.
New to the series? Read part 1, where we start from the beginning and help you figure out everything you need to know before you begin your kitchen transformation.
In this sixth (and second last!) part of our series, we’re going over everything you need to know about choosing hardware. These tips will help make sure you pick the perfect pieces to accent your gorgeous new kitchen.
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Hardware: The Jewelry of your Kitchen
Hardware is meant to be functional in your kitchen. It’s used to open doors and drawers, and also to protect the finish on your newly painted kitchen cabinets.
But it should also be beautiful and compliment all aspects of your kitchen!
You may wonder if you have to match the holes exactly when choosing new hardware, and the answer is no. We can fill and redrill holes to suit your new hardware, and we can reposition them as well to whatever suits your taste.
Consider these 3 main factors when picking out your hardware: style, finish, and cost.
You can mix and match handles on drawers, knobs on doors, or vice versa, or keep them all the same. A handle will have more presence, but be sure it’s not too large for the size of the door or drawer. Often they are available in larger and longer styles.
For instance, you may want a longer handle on a pantry door or on a pot drawer, but the doors above your fridge or stove may look better with a smaller size. A knob is simple and minimalistic, and a clean look can be less expensive.
Brushed nickel is an excellent choice. If you have brown elements in your kitchen, an oil bronzed finish can tie it together. Most hardware also comes in black, which is nice if you have a darker countertop.
Gold is also beautiful right now- not the brassy, bright shiny gold colour, but a metallic, toned down colour that is less harsh. This looks beautiful with greys and warmer whites.
Prices range from 99 cents to $15 and more per small piece. You could seriously spend a small fortune!
You also tend to get what you pay for. We recommend the Richelieu brand. It’s sturdy and heavy, priced well, and has a great variety of designs and finishes to choose from. They can be found online or at local big box stores. They are also usually available in a value pack.
We suggest steering clear of cheaper versions of hardware you may find online, as some of the finishes simply wear off and are actually hollow inside. Without being able to feel the weight and see the finish in person, you may not get what you are expecting.
We’ll Help Make Your Kitchen Come Together
Overall, having your kitchen cabinets repainted is never really just that. It usually ends up with other aspects of your kitchen having to be updated or changed as well.
While it might seem like you’ve got a lot of work cut out for you, we’re here to help you get through the process smoothly. That’s why we’ve put together this 7-part guide.
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Part 5/7 – Paint Colour
Part 7/7 – Aftercare