In the middle of larger projects that have to be spaced out over a few days, weeks, or months, I like to sprinkle in ones that take a few minutes. It helps me make progress and check something off the to-do list when I’m creaking from bigger projects or I’m working on other things. And, I have to say, it’s amazing how impactful some of those little projects can be.
One of the home upgrades that is relatively inexpensive and pretty much anyone can do is to change out the hardware on cabinets and closet doors. It’s especially impactful if you’re upgrading from hardware that is “builder grade” or dated.
I’ve watched to change out the hardware on the cabinet in the family room from the time we moved in (can you believe that’s been over a year), but I was going to wait until I painted the room and cabinets…
If you’ll remember, I shared HERE that I was considering a few colors to paint the walls, trim, and cabinets in this room and I decided to go with Card Room Green. It’s a color that feels right in the house (inside and out) and it goes well with the brick. It’s a nice backdrop for my blue & white fabrics and quilts and it’ll make a fairly small room feel cozy and intimate. I think it’ll also give it more of an English vibe.
(Oh, and we’ll soon be replacing the floating mantel, which is more modern, with an antique mantel I found at an antique store. You can read about that HERE.) So, back to the knobs. I’m hoping to get this room painted before I start decorating for the holidays, but it doesn’t hurt to change out the knobs until then. I was ordering some knobs for a closet door in the foyer, so I ordered some for these cabinets, too.
And here are the new knobs. I ordered some handmade solid brass knobs that are more substantial and unique than what was there. THESE are the ones I ordered.
These are the bifold doors in the foyer that needed some new knobs…
I just left them on as I primed and painted the doors since I knew I was going to replace them. Let me tell you, priming and painting those doors was such a pain! They would really be better to spray, but I didn’t want to set up my spray tent and paint sprayer for just four doors. Anyway, I just used a brush and ow they are done. Whew!
I changed out the hardware last week and the new knobs look so good!
Behind those bifold doors is a hall closet combined with the former kitchen pantry that was closed off and partially allocated to the new basement stairs. Eventually, we’d like to turn that space into a half bathroom. For now, it’s just a great storage closet.
Replacing the knobs is just one more small step towards customizing this house to make it ours.
You can read more about our 1970 home renovation HERE.