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Quick Cabinet Refresh

Dear Diary,
I never thought I'd come to the strong defense of hardwood cabinets.

But here we are. (In fact, I kind of love them in this house!)

Still, I wanted to find a way to pull them out of the early 90s and into this current century.


There was no coming to their defense. I'm fairly certain they're original to the home's 1994 construction and design choices, and I don't have anything nice to say about them.

I wanted something simple yet substantial. I wanted something that was current yet would withstand passing trends. With this house, I'm leaning towards darker finishes to complement the moodiness of the hardwoods, and the first step came in the form of 3" bar pulls.

We found a really good deal on them at Menards (forward our mail here please), and purchased 7 boxes for less than $175 plus an $80 mail-in rebate. I spent two days switching them out and polishing the cabinets. Polishing brought out the wood grain, which made the hardware really stand out.

The kitchen, hall cabinets, guest bathroom and master bath received this upgrade. I was so excited that such a simple change could have such an impact on the look and feel of the spaces.


The hinges were also updated.

As you can see in the pictures above, the hinges were that same faded brass color that seemed to age the woodwork. The darker hinges changed that aesthetic for the better.

I'm currently searching for new doorknobs, light switches and outlet covers to match.

It's also inspired us to upate our home in other ways ...

To be continued.

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