Our kitchen cabinets have visually challenged me for a long time. I really contemplated painting them. The trend is: If you ain’t got the cash to replace them – paint those cabinets.
Well, I’ve done that. I painted my bathroom cabinets. And I like them, don’t get me wrong, I really do. But no matter what – I’m having to do touch ups. (As per usual, I speak the truth.) I followed all the rules…Maybe I just suck at painting cabinets?
Regardless of whether it was my lack of talent or what…I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t commit to painting our kitchen cabinets myself. (I highly respect all those that have done it successfully btw.) Given the fact I have standard builder cabinets, I had to find SOME solution. So I started doing what any design focused desperate individual would do – I surfed Houzz.
The solution? Handles. But not just any handles, strategically placed handles. Here were my inspiration photos:
In the end, it was this kitchen by Raveninside Interior Design that made my decision for me:
Cuz you see, I have other issues with my cabinets too. Like – doors put on weird directions. I’m all about doing the right thing, but I didn’t feel like filling a million little holes and trying to touch up the stain.
After tons of measuring, leveling and hole drilling…Here’s what mine look like:
I got the handles at Lowe’s and I’m very happy with them. I installed them all horizontally. By the way, I used some lemon oil (Weiman) to clean the wood up and make it shiny. That helped a lot too.
And when my stainless appliances (Our anniversary gift.) showed up – well WOW, I really liked them.
The handles are located RIGHT WHERE YOU GRAB. Bonus? The kitchen is pulled together and I seriously don’t feel like I’ve got ANYTHING builder grade going on.
Of course, maybe that’s just me. 😉