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Easy Kitchen Cabinet Update With Sleek, Modern Hardware

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Today I’m excited to share this easy kitchen cabinet update with sleek, modern hardware.

Kitchen Cabinet Update With Modern Hardware #ourcraftymom #oneroomchallenge #dlawlesshardware

It is Week 4 of the One Room Challenge where I’m sharing a budget friendly kitchen update.

If you are looking for an inexpensive update, changing out the hardware is definitely it!


Kitchen handles before and after Our Crafty Mom


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Week 4 ORC

I hope you’ve been following along with all of the talented bloggers participating in the One Room Challenge.

It really is so fun to see the progress over the course of 6 weeks. You can check out what I shared the first three weeks here:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

One Room Challenge Mood Board Our Crafty Mom


In week 1 I shared a mood board with some of my ideas and inspiration, however, I did say that things may change.

Well, things changed, lol! I mentioned that I am renting and my landlord did not want the oak cabinets painted.

So I am moving to plan B. I have to say, as I love refinishing furniture, sometimes the first thing I think of when updating something is to paint it.

But this time around I am pleasantly surprised by the impact just a couple of things made with the kitchen cabinets.

Plus, what a timesaver not having to paint! Let me show you what I did.

Clean Your Cabinets With TSP


In Week 2 I showed you how to paint fabric with Fusion Mineral Paint.

When I received the paint, they also sent me a bottle of TSP, which I have never tried before.

You guys, I am not kidding when I tell you this stuff is great for degreasing kitchen cabinets.

When you cook, it is normal for grease to cling to your kitchen cabinets, especially the cabinets above the stove.

TSP is great to prep your cabinets prior to painting, but it is also great just for cleaning the cabinets.

I followed the instructions on the bottle and added two caps to 1 liter of water and used a rag to clean the cabinets.


Cleaned Cabinets With TSP


Update The Kitchen Hardware

The cabinets already looked better just from this step. Next up, I removed the white knobs and added these gorgeous sleek and modern staineless steel bar pulls from D. Lawless Hardware.

I’ve worked with them a few times before and they are my go to not only for hardware,  but also for furniture appliques and even table legs.

The quality and pricing is amazing, plus the customer service is some of the best I’ve experienced.

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I used three different sizes. 96 mm  handles were used for the top cabinets, 128 mm for the lower cabinets and a T knob for the two faux drawers under the sink.

Look at the difference between the white knobs and the bar pull:


Kitchen handles before and after Our Crafty Mom


Isn’t it just so much more modern and sleek? I love it! The larger bar pulls are perfect for the bottom cabinets.

What a statement they make!


Close Up of large bar pulls


Here are the top cabinets:


Top Cabinets


Another thing I really wanted to do in the kitchen was to add some open shelving.

An easy (and renter friendly) way to do this is to remove a cabinet door.

I removed the two cabinet doors from the end cabinet. This is really going to make it so much more open and bring in brighten it up as well.

I plan to add a really cool removable wall paper to the back of the cabinet. Stay tuned for that!


Top Cabinets

Top Cabinets Full Shot


Things To Come:

Here is a sneak peek of a DIY Chalkboard that will be on the blog tomorrow for a Thrift Store Challenge:




I plan to hang this in the dining area of the kitchen. Isn’t she cute? I hope you will come back tomorrow for the tutorial!

Here is what I have completed so far:

  • Dining Room Chairs ✓
  • Lighting ✓
  • New Cabinet Hardware ✓

Still to come:

  • Backsplash
  • Island
  • Decorating, rugs, wall art
  • Storage



Kitchen Cabinet Update With Modern Hardware #ourcraftymom #oneroomchallenge #dlawlesshardware


I’m so thankful to be able to partner with wonderful companies like D. Lawless Hardware on this kitchen cabinet update. 

A big thank you also to Better Homes & Gardens as they are the official media partner of the ORC.

Thank you so much for stopping by!




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Wednesday 6th of April 2022

I definitely need to organize mine better. I’ve been meaning to work on it too. Great to see some of your tips for this.

Diego Nieves

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Awesome article. Great choices of hardware.


Monday 25th of November 2019

Wow Michelle, Such a small change that makes a really big impact!

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Monday 12th of November 2018

[…] Another easy update that really made a difference was changing out the hardware. I’m loving the sleek bar pulls from D. Lawless Hardware that you can read about here. […]


Wednesday 7th of November 2018

I have often heard that hardware makes a big impact. I didn't believe it until I saw your picture of the two different knobs next to each other. Unbelievable the difference it makes. Love it.

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