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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Quick and Easy Kitchen Upgrade: Hardware

You may not have the time or money for a complete kitchen overhaul. Whether the cost of kitchen cabinets is too much or you prefer a quick fix, there is a great alternative to upgrading your kitchen. Adding new hardware or replacing what you have can dramatically change the look and feel of a kitchen.

Hardware not only dates kitchen cabinets, but it says a lot about the upkeep and care. A kitchen with old or missing handles and knob seems neglected and overused. Fresh and new cabinet accessories add a clean and well kept feel to the kitchen. When you walk into the room, the hardware is usually the first thing you see. The knobs and handles stick out from the surface level of the cabinets and drawers creating an eye catching appeal. This is why making a minor, low cost change in hardware goes a long way!

When selecting hardware you want to consider your kitchen’s style and design. You want your cabinet handles and drawer pull to mesh well with the décor of the room. Common styles to consider when updating your hardware are modern or contemporary, traditional, colonial, and rustic. Besides these, there are a ton of other cabinet accessory styles to choose from that fit your taste and kitchen design.

After choosing which style hardware works with your kitchen, you will need to decide on a material. It is a good idea to stick with what is already in your kitchen. For instance, if you have stainless steel fixtures and accents, your kitchen cabinet hardware will want to match. You do not want to have different metals, finishes, or textures that clash with each other. Remember that some materials are pricier than others so choosing one that works with the kitchen style and your budget is the way to go.

Common hardware prices are anywhere from $3 to $10 a piece. The number of cabinets and drawers your kitchen contains will determine your costs. If you have a small kitchen with 5 or so cabinets, you might be inclined to buy more expensive hardware. But, if you have a large kitchen with plenty of knobs and handles required, you might want to budget a lower costing hardware to help save money.

When you decide on a style, material, and cost you have many chooses as to where to purchase the hardware from. The massive chains like Lowes or Home Depot carry cabinet accessories, but there are other options as well. Searching online at creative places like, Kitchen Cabinet Depot, provide distinct and one of a kind hardware. They make shopping even easier without having to leave your own home. You order the hardware on their site and they ship it right to your front door. Be sure to consider online shopping for a unique and original hardware purchase.

Installing knobs and handles can be painless when done properly. The most common mistake is having hardware in different or unlevel locations from cabinet to cabinet. Avoid this by creating a jig or template. Use tape or adhesive on one of the cabinets and drawers to determine where you would like the hardware placed. You can use a ruler and pencil to make sure drawer handles are centered. Stand back and make sure that this looks right then drill the hole(s). To build the jig, cut 2 same sized pieces of plywood that will sit on the front and back of the cabinet when in use. Then cut a small strip of wood that is the same thickness of the cabinet. This will hold the front and back pieces together. Nail the small strip of wood in the middle of the two pieces of plywood, along the left side. Place the jig along the cabinet edge and drill into it at the exact same place that you drilled the first hole in the cabinet. Drill through both pieces of plywood in the jig. Now you have a pattern or template to use. Put the jig on each cabinet to determine where to drill the holes for the hardware. Once the holes are created, screw the hardware into the cabinet you are done!

Adding new hardware creates a new look and feel with little time and labor. Check out Kitchen Cabinet Depot for the many hardware options available. They specialize in creating unique and quality pieces for your kitchen upgrade.

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