WOO HOO! The bottom cabinet doors are finally back on. I seriously couldn't be happier. Living without cabinet doors for weeks on end started to really get on my nerves. I like hiding my mess.
It's hard for me to remember what the kitchen looked like before. I look back on the 'before' pictures and it doesn't even look like our house any more. Here's a flash back for ya....
The white cabinets make the kitchen feel so much brighter and bigger - which is an added bonus we hadn't expected.
I've already shared with you most of the checked off items from our original Plan of Attack (paint, tile, remove cabinet). There are just a couple to go - the beadboard island and the updated hardware.
So, let's talk hardware (the island will come your way in a few days).
Can you see in the before picture that the hardware is totally basic silver and boring? It's a builder grade special. I hated them....with a passion. It wasn't the shape so much that I hated, it was more the fact that you can buy the same handles at Home Depot in the bargain section. I don't want my house to be so obviously from the bargain section.
I started looking at new hardware and realized pretty quickly that it just wasn't going to be an option for us. To get what I wanted was going to be at least $5 a handle. 5 bucks, 5 bucks, 5 bucks....it started to add up quickly. The hardware alone was going to cost more than the tile and the paint. I just couldn't justify it.
But I sure as heck wasn't going to live with the bargain department handles either. So, I turned to spray paint (gasp...I know...me spray paint? Say it ain't so...).
We took all of the handles off of the cabinets and stored them in a mug until I was ready to get my spray paint on.
Then I washed them all with hot soapy water to get any gunk off.
And layed them out on my special spay paint carpet (it's the back of an old piece of carpet and works perfect for spray painting).
And sprayed away using Tremclad Hammered Metal in black.
I really wanted to make sure that they didn't have any drips, so I sprayed a few light coats making sure to move the can back and forth while spraying.
Here they are after 1 coat.
And after 2 coats.
The hammered metal spray paint left a texture on the handles that really makes them look and feel like they are made of iron.
Surprisingly enough, I actually really like the handles now. It's amazing what some spray paint can do. They don't look like bargain handles any longer. You can't buy these puppies at The Home Depot. The best part is that instead of over $200 for new hardware, we were able to refresh these handles for $6 and about 10 minutes of work.
Here's another shot of the fresh new cabinets with their spray painted handles (sorry, couldn't resist showing it to you again.)