What does your cabinet hardware say about you? Perhaps the most exciting part of cabinet refinishing for my clients is the hardware selection. When I first meet with clients about refinishing their kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanities, they pretty much know what general direction, color or finish they're going for. Once we establish a finish direction, I get to share with them, a wide array of options for hardware. This is often, the most inspiring part of the project! Think of your cabinet hardware as its jewelry. Much of what you want to say about your style in the home, can be said in its cabinet hardware. Here are some things your hardware might say or do for you.
" I'm a refined hippy. When you touch me, think of the earth and smile".
" I am sophisticated and elegant. Don't touch me unless you absolutely must".
" Hi! I'm trendy! Aren't you excited to see me? When you touch me, tell your friends"!
"Oh, hey there! I'm transitional. Don't judge me. When you touch me, just be"
Ok, so we had a little fun with those hardware quotes. Please don't take offense to any of the caricatures if you have these elements in your home. I think everything speaks and our furnishings tell stories about who we are. Sometimes a little levity is healthy, as hardware selection can be very tedious with such a wide array of choices.
If you've ever been shopping for hardware, you'll know the options are endless, which can be overwhelming for some. For others, there's a "thrill of the hunt" vibe that accompanies the journey. Some of the coolest places we've found for cabinet hardware are your local antiques stores, Hobby Lobby and if you're lucky enough to have one nearby, Anthropologie. Here are a few before and after shots of the projects we've been able to incorporate cool hardware into.