Thursday, September 13, 2018

Quick & Easy Kitchen Upgrade

Today I am sharing a quick and easy kitchen update I did since moving into my condo.  My kitchen has relatively good bones - hardwood floors, good space, a window over the sink, a nice pantry...it's really not bad considering my condo is over 30 years old, and I am pretty sure everything is original.

The cabinets are in okay shape - they could definitely use replacing, but for now they work, and I am just thankful that they are not the white cabinets with the faux wood trim I had in my apartment.  

A full kitchen reno is wayyyyyy down the road, so to help update things a bit, I changed out the hardware.  Originally, the cabinets had some gold, cheapo pulls.  I contemplated going silver, or maybe a rubbed bronze, but thought both wouldn't quite fit.  When looking for inspiration on Pinterest, I saw black handles, and knew that was what I wanted to go with!

I didn't want anything fancy, so I settled on these simple handles, with just a little bit of detail where they screw in.  
Richelieu Hardware 3 in. Traditional Matte Black Cabinet Pull
Even though I was pretty certain I was set on these, I ordered two to test out.  I loved them, ordered the rest, spent an hour or so one night changing them out, and voila! - a super easy upgrade that instantly updates the kitchen.


One thing I suggest when buying these is to shop around.  I know people do this often on all types of purchases, but I know I don't always thinking to check different places, and sometimes I just assume that the price is probably all around the same.  I am so glad I took a few minutes to search other sites once I found the pulls I liked, because it saved me so much money.  I looked at Home Depot, Lowe's and Amazon, searching for the specific name of the pull I was looking for.  They all had the exact pull I wanted, but Home Depot was three dollars less than the other two places.  And when I write three dollars less, I mean three dollars per pull...and I had quite a few to purchase, so that made a HUGE difference.  Just a little something to think about!

All that being said, this little update cost under $100.  Not too shabby for a quick and easy kitchen upgrade!


11 comments:

  1. I love those drawer pulls! I never really knew how expensive hardware was until I had to buy it haha!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  2. I love the black - I just attended the Parade of Homes (in Columbus, Ohio) where they have different builders and the houses are completely decorated and 5 out of the 7 homes had the black hardware - it looked so good in a variety of decors, makes me want to switch mine out!

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  3. I really like the black, it isn't very common! And so true about shopping around for the best price, sometimes I forget to do that too.

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  4. The black really made a difference in the look! Love it.

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  5. Love the new pulls! Which reminds me I need to go pick some out for our new cabinets! WOW - that's a huge savings...glad you thought to shop around!

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  6. I love when small things like this can make such a big difference & yay for saving $3 per pull-- that's huge! The black looks so good with the wood grain!

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  7. These are beautiful!! I'm a details kind of girl, so stuff like this is the kind of stuff that I notice. Pulls can change the entire look of a kitchen!

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  8. I love the black! May have to think about changing mine over!

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  9. wow I never realized how much of a change a little handle can make. it looks great

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  10. Whoa, that savings is crazy!! It definitely pays to shop around even though it's annoying sometimes!
    I'm loving the new hardware you added -- it's crazy how that little swap makes such a big impact.

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  11. WOW, those pulls totally update the cabinets. what a difference. nice work!!

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