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The One Cheap Swap That Will Update Your Whole Kitchen

This is the single most affordable way to give your kitchen a much-needed facelift! And now that I've done it, I honestly can't believe that I didn't do it sooner!

You might recall that a few weeks back, I wrote a post about our recent bathroom renovation project. (Missed it? Check out the full story here!) And just for the record, I’m still every bit as enamored with our updated bathrooms as I was when I wrote that post! But even reasonably priced bathroom renovations aren’t particularly cheap, so I know it will be a while until we’re ready to tackle another major renovation project.

And yet… I can’t seem to stay away! I find myself browsing through home decor, renovation before-and-afters, and all sorts of content that leaves me itching to update my home. But thanks to a dose of inspiration from one of my favorite designers, I was able scratch that itch with a mini home update that anyone can afford to do! And that’s exactly what I’ll be sharing with you today. 🙂

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In Joanna We Trust

The inspiration for this affordable home update came from something I read about Joanna Gaines, one of my favorite designers of home decor products. I am nothing short of obsessed with her Hearth & Hand with Magnolia line at Target. (Nearly everything I bought to furnish our new bathrooms came from that line, and I have no regrets!)

Anyway, recently I clicked over to an article about a tip from Joanna. According to her, one of best things you can do for your kitchen is to replace the hardware on your cabinets. The cogs in my brain immediately started turning, and I knew I wanted to give it a try for myself! I already knew that cabinet hardware wasn’t very expensive, so I was eager to put Joanna’s tip into action.

A Small Update With A Big Impact

It’s easy to underestimate the impact that hardware has on the look of your kitchen cabinets (or any piece of furniture, for that matter). But the simple act of swapping out a dated design for a newer look can make your whole kitchen feel more up to date!

While the handles on my kitchen cabinets weren’t terrible, they did look a bit dated. And since we included a lot of oil-rubbed bronze fixtures in the design of our new bathrooms, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to bring some oil-rubbed bronze into our kitchen as well!

I ended up picking out these t-shaped handles to replace the knobs on our cabinets, and these bar handles to replace the drawer pulls. I love how they look in my kitchen, and now I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner! 🙂 Here’s how you can do it in your own home.

How To Update Your Kitchen With New Hardware

Step 1 – Measure

The first step in the process is to take a few measurements of your existing cabinets and hardware so you can pick out new hardware that fits.

For single-hole hardware like a knob, you don’t usually have to worry about measurements. Most knobs come with a 1” screw to accommodate standard 3/4”-thick drawer fronts. If your drawer fronts are thicker than that, you’ll want to look for knobs with a longer screw. (It can also be helpful to measure the diameter of your cabinet knobs you’re planning to replace, just to use as a reference point later!)

For double-hole hardware like a drawer pull, you’ll need to choose hardware has the same “center to center” distance as your old hardware. (“Center to center” just refers to the distance from the center of one hole to the center of the other hole.) Measure the center to center distance of the holes in your cabinets and write it down. You may also want to measure the length of your existing drawer pulls as a reference point.

Step 2 – Shop

Then comes the fun part: shopping! You can shop for new hardware for cabinets at many different types of stores, including big box, hardware, and home improvement stores. Or you can skip the in-store experience and shop online instead! There are tons of options to choose from on Amazon, if that’s more your style.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of different options, it might be helpful to narrow your focus to one particular style. If you lean towards a more modern look, do a search for “modern cabinet hardware.” If your style is more rustic or traditional, start your search there.

Oh, and one more tip for shopping for hardware—double-check how many knobs and pulls you need before you buy them. (It never hurts to double-check, especially if it saves you from buying more or less than you really need!)

Step 3 – Install

The final piece of the puzzle is removing the existing hardware and installing the new ones! You should only need a flathead or Philips screwdriver to get the job done. I know you’ll be just as thrilled as I was with the results of this small-but-mighty kitchen update!

Think Outside The Cabinet!

Your kitchen cabinets aren’t the only thing that can benefit from a little hardware facelift! What about the cabinets in your bathroom? Or maybe your dresser or nightstand could use an update! Hardware is inexpensive and easy to replace, so there’s no reason not to try out a new look every once in a while! 🙂

Have you ever swapped out the hardware on your cabinets or other furniture?

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