Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kitchen Hardware Installed!

A few months back I shared our mini dream kitchen reveal, at the time I shared our kitchen was missing one important ingredient to make it feel finished....hardware. When I shared our kitchen after, we were still in the processing of deciding our hardware. All Pulls? Pulls & Knobs? Matte or Shiny? Black? After ordering a few samples, we decided for our kitchen we preferred a mixture of knobs and pulls in pewter. Over the weekend we finally installed our hardware! Here's a reminder of how our kitchen looked like before adding our hardware.







Lets go back even further to my kitchen circa 2009, how our kitchen looked when we purchased our home. In June 2012 we started the process of re-doing our kitchen, we installed new counter tops, stainless steal sink and bought a new oven & faucet. Then a few weeks later our home was involved in a house fire [read more here] During the rebuilding process, I spent a lot of time thinking about our kitchen layout and changed the layout from a L Shape to a U Shape along with removing a coat closet that was taking up valuable square feet real estate in our kitchen & bathroom, read more about the layout changes here



Our kitchen has undergone a huge transformation, and I'm so happy with how it looks now. I love all the storage and cabinet space. For our cabinet hardware we decided to go with sleek pulls and simple knobs. A winning combination for classic meets modern kitchen [classic cabinet door styles, classic subway tile made modern with it extended all the way to the ceiling, modern 'floating' shelves and more touches] Opening our cabinets doors is so much easier now, and no more finger prints! Seriously I must have gone though 1-2 paper towel rolls a week in wiping away food & dirt smudges left behind, from my house full of men, but no more! We now can open our cabinet doors and drawers like grownups. It's funny I've caught myself a few times opening the doors the 'old way' and forgetting we have hardware installed lol. Here's our kitchen now. 



We purchased the hardware from Lowes, the pulls are from Residential Essentials we bought the pulls online and purchased the knobs in the store. The pulls are 5inch center pulls, which were too large for our hardware cabinet template (boo!)  The installation start out bumpy, with Hasani and I irritated after realizing the template we had was too small, and having a mini panic attack not wanting to jack up our pretty new cabinets. So I ended up making a template out of parchment paper and using that as our guide. Of course later that night we were at Shovanda's house and I asked when how Naomi and her installed theirs, they used a template from Ikea! Banging my head on the table as I type this! lol So if your reading this and have hardware to 
install save your save frustration and a few curse words and make a trip to Ikea! Lesson learned. 



Our corner cabinets on either side of our stove, our L shape twin cabinets,that's why there's only one knob on those cabinets. 



For the large large drawers that reside under our 'floating' shelves we decided to use two sets of pulls on each drawer and also liked how the pulls looked inside our panel drawers verses on on top of the panel. 






Another new addition to my kitchen is our utensil holder, I've been looking for a simple white utensil holder for months. One would think these days with all the pretty white dishes out there they would be a dime a dozen but nope. I searched Target, World Market and Sur la Table and a few other locations with no luck. I finally found one I loved at Crate & Barrel. I also recently added a working vintage kitchen scale from the 1950's, I found this little treasure on Etsy



I hope you enjoyed seeing our pretty kitchen with hardware!! It feels so good to be a grownup and open my cabinets like a normal person, lol. Up next in my kitchen, I'm planning on bringing in some color roman shades. I plan on customizing basic roman shades, with fabric just I like I did for Avery's bedroom. But first I'll be tackling the our crazy spice jars, dry goods storage and getting the inside our our cabinets organized. 

Have any projects in your kitchen also taken you months to complete? 




18 comments:

  1. Yes, I so enjoyed seeing you pretty hardware and kitchen :)

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  2. I love your hardware - it's gorgeous and a perfect addition to that gorgeous, classic kitchen.

    I also love love vintage scales. I have a few and have to keep myself from buying them all the time.

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    1. Ahh thanks Kim & I adore your vintage scale collection!!

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  3. I love hardware.. like jewelry for the kitchen! Great choice! I really love the square pulls.. .they fit perfectly with the shaker cabinets! The roman shade over the sink will be a fun place for a pop of color! Good luck with organizing... I always feel a sense of completeness when my pantry and refer are organized!

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    1. I'm in fabric limbo about the roman shade lol --- so it may be a while :) & Yes opening the fridge or cabinets and everything is organized makes me so much better :)

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  4. I'm so in love with your kitchen. It is exactly what I want mine to look like some day. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog. New follower!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, that means so much to me! Love your blog & your home!

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  5. They also sell the white utility holders at WalMart that's where I found mine for $7.

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    1. I'm jealous my Walmart doesn't carry them! I love lots of their white dinnerware and they have the best latte cups ever :)

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  6. Looks SO AMAZING, friend! The perfect jewelry on your gorgeous kitchen!!

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    1. Thank you!! I wonder what the heck took us so longer to do this project :) lol

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  7. wow- your kitchen is beautiful!!!! the cabinets are stunning- what a change! thank you for coming to my blog today and for your sweet comments!

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  8. Your kitchen looks amazing! How did you hack the corner L-shape upper cabinets? I am getting ready to purchase and not finding much on line. Thanks

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    1. Hi there! Our upper corner L Cabinets are made that way, the doors swing out with a piano hinge - I'm sure there's a way to hack these using two 12 inch cabinets and using a piano hinge on the door..? Good luck and please let me know if you have anymore questions about our kitchen

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