I’m all about the gold and brass and copper – are you guys? When I was a teenager, I was a silver gal through and through, but I slowly migrated over to the warmer metal tones over the last decade+ and especially during these last few years, when all things gold have become on-trend again. So, it’s probably no surprise that when I was choosing the finishes for our kitchen, I immediately gravitated toward gold cabinetry hardware.
With the dominating grey and white scheme in our kitchen, I knew that bringing in a bit of gold would warm up the room and add a little bit of glam. I knew I wanted something with clean lines (nothing too ornate) and a pull style rather than knob (just a personal preference thing).
I searched around and fell in love with a few different options – like these and these and these. Ultimately though, some sleek gold pulls from my go-to hardware source, Lee Valley, won me over with price AND look. No having to order online and pay for shipping, or deal with the Canadian-US price conversion. In a perfect world I would have loved to get brushed brass pulls that had a slightly more squared profile, but these were so close that I couldn’t really justify the price difference.
These are the ones – “J” on the far right side (product number 00W5840). I almost passed them by as the ornate ones on the left aren’t my jam… but then… there they were! They were $5.25 a handle since I was buying more than 10.
A few notes about installation:
– Figure out exactly where on your cabinet the pulls look best to you. Maybe it’s perfectly centered, or up towards the top. Hold it in a few different spots and take the time to figure out what you like.
– Use a hardware measuring tool (that plastic thing with a bunch of pre-measured holes). You can get them from just about any hardware store, and it really helps make marking out the spots to drill so much easier. I also made a template on paper that I could hold up on my cabinet and make sure I was starting out at the same spot every time.
– Always measure twice (three times!), and then drill. Take your time. You don’t want to mess this up… no pressure.
– It’s best to drill 3/4 of the way through from the front, but then drill that last bit from the back, as that way you get a clean hole. If you go all the way through from the front, you can have a bit of the cabinetry finish flake off the back around the hole.
Once your holes are drilled, it’s just a matter of taking a screw driver and mounting the pulls. The fun part!
The fun thing about kitchen hardware is that it is easy to switch up over time. If, down the road, I want to go for a more “farmhouse” kitchen look, I can put some matte black pulls in. Or maybe I will veer back into the silver arena over time. Who knows. The nice thing is that the big choices in this room – like cabinetry, backsplash, and countertops – are all neutral and long-lasting, and switching out the small things as tastes evolve and change over time, is do-able. Oh, and cabinetry pulls tend to come in standard sizes, so it’s fairly easy to replace pulls without having to fill and drill new holes.
So that’s how the kitchen is looking these days. I need to update you guys on that backsplash, lighting, and faucet (coming soon – promise!). And there are a few things that are still on the to do list: our hood range isn’t up yet, we don’t have the right size of garbage/recycling bins yet in the cabinets, and I’m not happy with the white of the window trim as it is too bright next to the tile… so thinking of painting it out either just a soft white or maybe a gray? You would think the “to do” list at our place would feel like it’s getting smaller, but somehow it just seems to be ever-expanding. Not sure how that works.. ?!
Have you guys ever switched out the hardware in your kitchen? Got a favourite style or colour?