Hi to all of The DC Ladies! I’m Sara from Studio Style Blog and I’m thrilled to share my design tips and tricks with this community. I have several plans and projects in the works, so stay tuned in the next few weeks and months for more!
My first piece here will focus on budget-friendly design, furniture and DIY projects. Starting things off with a kitchen makeover!
Looking for an easy, affordable way to transform your kitchen? Renting an apartment and want to add your own personal touch? Change the hardware on your kitchen cabinets!
Step by step process for the transformation:
Always measure before you buy! Remove the existing hardware on your cabinets and drawers. Measure the length of the screw and the length of the knob or pull. Keep in mind that the drawers usually require longer screws and the doors require shorter ones. Write down all of your measurements and bring them with you while shopping or grab the list before you peruse online.
2. Shop around:
If you’re on a tight budget (like me), you’ll want to shop around to find the best options and prices. Some individual knobs and pulls are only a couple dollars each, which might not sound like much, but when you multiply that by the 20, 30 or 40 you have in the kitchen, it adds up quickly! I had my eye on expensive knobs from Anthropologie for awhile, but at $8 each, multiplied by 17 knobs (I have a tiny kitchen), that wasn’t in the budget. So I browsed around for a couple more days and found this great set on Amazon. A set of 25 knobs for $28!
3. Make your purchase: I chose simple (yet chic) brass knobs for my kitchen makeover. The interior design world is embracing gold and brass right now and I love the new trend. The reviews looked promising and I added them to my cart and hoped for the best. They arrived even better than expected: high quality and expensive looking for a (very) affordable price.
4. Remove old hardware: Now for the fun part: removing the dingy, worn out knobs! Using a stepladder and a screwdriver, I removed all of the old knobs by hand. A few were more difficult than others and required a bit of an arm workout, but I removed them all in half an hour. Side note: renters, keep your old knobs! Store them somewhere safe. When it’s time to move out, you’ll need to reinstall the original hardware on the cabinets and take your new shiny knobs with you when you leave. If you own your place and don’t need to keep the old hardware, consider donating to ReStore or “upcycle” for another project around the house.
5. Replace with new hardware: the best part. This went even faster than the removal, partly because I was so excited to see the complete transformation. I have a small kitchen so it only took about 15 minutes.
Check out the makeover! Before photos:
Photography by: Studio Style Blog
I love the transformation and the project was quick and easy to do by myself. It only took about 45 minutes to complete the entire process and it was a fun evening project. I do have a small kitchen, so it might take a bit longer depending on the number of cabinets and drawers in your own kitchen.
Hope this inspires you to do your own kitchen makeovers! Hardware can seem insignificant, but a small investment and just under an hour of work can give your kitchen a refreshed and trendy look. I’d love to hear your feedback and stories of your own home transformations in the comments below!
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