It is Week 4 of the One Room Challenge where I’m sharing a budget friendly kitchen update. Today I’m excited to share this easy kitchen cabinet update with sleek, modern hardware. If you are looking for an inexpensive update, changing out the hardware is definitely it!
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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:
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.
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.
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:
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!
Here are the 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!
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:
- Decorating, rugs, wall art
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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!