BLACK VS. BRASS KITCHEN CABINET HARDWARE

January 12, 2016

In my regular stroll through Home Depot for one thing or another, I found myself in the hardware section making a spontaneous purchase. The kitchen cabinet hardware! I really dislike what is in the kitchen now. I love fast projects that improve things in a big way and hardware is a cheap job to make the kitchen better immediately. (This is why I am so bad at sewing, which requires patience and hard work.)

This is the old situation.

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The big question in my kitchen life is black vs. brass. Antique brass is stellar for me right now. (Emphasis on antique brass. Polished brass is bad ’80s.) But, black is less trendy. Also, the look I am going for in the kitchen is industrial with a tiny bit of rustic. Brass could lean a bit too glam for that.

Black it is! Finding simple knobs was really easy (and inexpensive).

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The drawer handles were a bit harder. I knew I wanted bin pulls and I found the perfect ones for a good price. Thankfully, I checked the dimensions (which I typically always forget to when buying hardware) and discovered they are 2 and 3/4″ instead of the 3″ I need. After searching, I could not find the same pulls in the right size or any pulls I liked as much for a comparable price.

Well, I have to reconsider brass. I took the pulls of our my nightstand (which I love) and tried them in the kitchen. After the dead end with my first bin pulls, I was really optimistic this could be the dawn of a new hardware era. My eager fingers could scarce operate the screwdriver fast enough.

Then they were up. And I was like, well, that looks horrific.

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BLACK VS. BRASS KITCHEN CABINET HARDWARE from Rachel Schultz

Okay, no brass. Even when the counters are different and the off whites are killed and buried, it would look better, but not good. Brass is not for me this time. It must be black!

I basically want these exact pulls, but in black. Is that so hard? My quest will continue.

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Comments

  • Rachael

    I agree black is the way to go. Try spray painting your handles…we’ve had success in doing that with our fixtures as well as other handles.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Should I feel bad about spray painting something brand new?

  • kara

    well, it helps if I put in the website… http://www.dlawlesshardware.com/
    Now have a GREAT evening.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thank you Kara!!

  • kara

    Just in case, this is a REALLY good (and inexpensive) place to get hardware. I can’t remember what blog I got this information from, I rent so this is not a high priority for me at the moment. PS sewing (at least quilting) can be VERY forgiving. Have a GREAT evening!

  • Shari

    Wow it sure did make every thing look brighter. It looks great thanks for sharing.

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