Ta da! After completing my cabinet wood restore action, I finally got some hardware back in the kitchen. After a swing and a miss with the first order of hardware I made (and returned), I found these on Overstock and am so happy with them! They were such a bargain compared to tons of others I looked at and the basic Euro bar style fits pretty easily into any modern decor. Kind of makes this kitchen look a little more modern too I think.
Here’s where we were back in the beginning, with the teeny tiny old and grubby nickel colored hardware. Usually I opt for nickel finish, but I was kind of feeling the oil rubbed bronze in this kitchen because those honey oak cabinets I felt needed some deeper contrast and I think it’s working well against the black in the appliances and what not. The set I ordered was just under $55 with free shipping which I think is a great deal for this big change in impression in the kitchen. It’s not worth investing a lot in a temporary place, but $55 was totally worth it to have the kitchen feel just a bit more ‘quality’ and less low-budget-rental 🙂 (Plus, hardware is easy to take back off and take with you when you go!)
Along with this little upgrade, I also took the time to make a few other spruce up improvements- 1) removed this old blind that was crusty and never used anyhow, and 2) removed the two white plastic hooks foam-taped to the inside of the cupboards over the sink.
That move was free and only required a screwdriver, scraper and Goo Gone. Now it looks so much cleaner and tidier over there! Plus, I made a few more de-cluttering steps, moving the paper towel holder over to the mixer on the island, ditching my long-lived utensil holding pottery vase since I had a little drawer space to spare after moving the pots and pans out to the rail a few weeks ago, putting the salt and pepper shakers in the spice cabinet, and putting the coffee maker away in the basement since we really only use it for company.
I have a few more plans for decorating this space up, playing off citrus colors that will tie into the yellow color this area was already painted in. Also have a plan for a little decorative window treatment… so stay tuned! What do you guys think? Was oil rubbed bronze the way to go?