I had in mind just the color of green I wanted for the kitchen island and butler’s pantry – the color Boxwood I developed for the MMS Milk Paint line. Of course, it goes beautifully with my color palette, because I created it! I looked through four different paint decks and didn’t find a perfect match, so I decided to have it color-matched in order to get it just right.
I brushed Boxwood on a piece of wood and left it unfinished, so it would be a true representation of the color. The picture didn’t capture it very well, because of the light and the end grain of the wood, but the color match was perfect.
It did still take a bit of courage to brush it onto the cabinetry, since it’s such a bold color, but I knew it would be just the pop this space needed.
So, if you’d like to use this exact color, here is the formula. It was mixed by a family-owned paint store in my area in Benjamin Moore’s Advanced, satin finish. If you print this picture up or show it on your phone at a paint store, they should be able to match it exactly for you.
As far as the hardware, several of my readers commented that they loved everything but the hardware and I see where they are coming from. Some people also thought these were lucite, but they are not. They are glass. I don’t know if that changes any minds, though!
Anyway, the trick with this hardware was I had pretty specific parameters to work with. I want something that has an antique feel, but will also work with the traditional style of this home. My preference would’ve been for bin-cup or clapper pulls on the drawers and knobs on the cabinet, but the space on the drawer fronts was too small for anything other than knobs or pulls that stick straight out. And they needed to be 3″ on center. Do you see the trouble? The majority of pulls I found were way too modern for me or they weren’t the right finish or style. These glass pulls were the only ones I found that fit, worked with my style, and worked with the house.
Are they perfect or what I would’ve designed for these cabinets? Probably not. But, since I’m not in the business of designing hardware, I had to work with what I could find that was the best. And I felt like these were the best. They are also what I used on the kitchen and living room cabinets, so they tie in nicely with everything else.
The pulls are from Hobby Lobby and I ordered them off of their website when they were 30% off. Here is the pain about these handles, though. The housing for the screws is glued on by hand, so they are irregular, making them a bit frustration to install. And, since they are glass, if you try to force it, bad things happened. I broke about three handles figuring this out when I was installing them in the kitchen!
I finally learned that I need to drill a hole much larger than the screw needs, so there is plenty of “wiggle room” to account for the irregularity. That worked perfectly and I was able to easily install them (without breakage) once I figured that out.
The other pain about this hardware is the nuts do have to be tightened now and then. For some reason, they come loose with use. The rest of my family doesn’t really notice, though, and I just finger-tighten them when they need it. It’s really just the handles that are most frequently used. So, all of that being said, you do have to love this hardware to put up with some of the quirks.
And I’m willing to put up with the quirks.