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Thursday, December 02, 2004

Happy Hardware

The cabinet knobs and bin pulls from Rejuvenation arrived last night. We ordered them in oil-rubbed bronze to match the new faucet and the doorknobs.

But they're reeeeeally dark. We tried out the knobs, and they don't look THAT different from the '70s ugliness that was there before.

OK, you can't beat that old hardware for ugliness:

When I looked at cabinet hardware at Lowe's, I noticed that this '70s junk is the bottom-of-the-barrel, absolute cheapest stuff you can buy. It looks it.

I'm sure the new hardware will look fabulous once the cabinets are painted a delicious creamy white and the floors are no longer fake brick. And I think the bin pulls will make a difference.

Now to figure out what to do about those awful hinges ...



~ said...

Oooh - nice hardware, I'm jealous! Maybe Rejuvenation would let you swap for a different finish if they're too dark. Is the finish something that might buff off a little? (We happen to have a power buffer that I used to clean the rust off of some door hinges. It's fun to see them shine right up!)

10:39 AM  
Kristin said...

I'm sure we could exchange them if we wanted to, but I think they'll work out. They do match the faucet and the doorknobs, after all. I think the real problem is the awful cabinets and the truly horrible lighting.

And I think it's possible that some of the darkness will wear off.

2:53 PM  
Beth said...

How cute is your mixer? CUTE!

Hardware makes ALL the difference. Well, a lot anyway. I think you're right in that they look dark now, but wait until the cabinets lighten up some.
Here's what we did in our kitchen to the ugly wood cabinets:

CABINETS: Sanded and then primed with two kinds of primer -- the doors were wood, and we just went with kilz, but the cabinets themselves had some kind of ungodly plastic finish, and that required hunting around for the best one for that finish.
In painting, I'm a perfectionist. Took all the doors off, removed all the hinges, and then put on 2 coats of primer and as many coats of paint as needed (2 or 3) to do the job. I do thin coats so there's no clumping, and all painting is with a brush. It's a pain. You'll hate doing it. You'll want the nice little rolly thing they use on tv, and maybe you'll use it on the backs of the doors, but on the fronts, use the brush. The paint we used was semi-gloss latex. I've heard the arguments for oil. I understand the arguments for oil: more durable, easier to clean, etc. I eschew the arguments for oil: (1) I don't plan on having the cabinets this color forever. If the finish doesn't last that long, I'll live. Ours have been painted almost a full year, and the only scratch was high stupidity on my part involving a brillo pad. Show me any paint that can stand up to that. (2) How dirty are you? In the days of coal-burning, I can see the cabinets not coming clean enough, but the latex stands up quite well to cleaning with a sponge and soapy water. So go latex. You won't regret it. Especially when you're cleaning up after painting (a miserable task), and realizing how much longer it would've taken had you used oil.

HARDWARE: Yay for new hardware! We put in new handles as well, although not nearly as cool as yours. As for the hinges, if you don't mind the shape, keep them and spray paint them. Get a durable spray paint, and paint them in the open and closed positions so that all the parts get covered. It's cheap, and you don't have to buy expensive new hinges.

Good luck!


4:39 PM  
Kristin said...

Beth, you read my mind! I was just thinking today that we should just paint the hinges. They are kind of a hideous shape, but I think it's worth the $2.99 for a can of spray paint to experiment. I don't want to have to fill all the old holes when the new hinges aren't the right size. Eeee, that's almost as fun as painting with oil.

Thanks for the advice on the latex. The paint store guy advocated oil, but it's SO god-awful to deal with. You have a good point about not wanting this color for-ev-er. I'd love to do a little experimenting, but who has the patience for experimenting when you're painting with OIL?

We'll see.

3:07 PM  

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