Last summer, I attended the Haven blog conference in Atlanta. I met some really amazing people there – both bloggy and business-y alike – but there were a few who stood out.
I met Derrick Lawless at his booth – D. Lawless Hardware – where he was showcasing some absolutely beautiful cabinet hardware. From chrome to crystal to faux-jadeite, he had it all.
I was walking through the booths with Kadie and ChiWei when we came across this array of cabinet-candy. The gravitational pull of bling drew us to the table. Derrick was just lovely – he, too, appreciated the way just a little bit of shine (or colour) can completely change a finished piece. I also think he might have laughed at one of my jokes. In my world, that’s the ultimate compliment.
After the conference was over, Derrick and I connected via email, and we talked about gussying up my cabinets. Because Mr. Suburble and I were keeping the original white cabinetry (in order to keep our budget moderately intact), I wanted to update the doors and drawers with new hardware. Nothing crazy-like, but perhaps something a bit more substantial with a classic-feel.
With Derrick’s help, I chose these.
The cup pull is the Satin Nickel Cup Pull paired with the Satin Nickel Knob. Hello, gorgeous. You’re looking all sorts of shiny and fabulous today.
I was thrilled when the box of these shiny beauties showed up at my door.
But then I looked at my cabinets and realized, “Oh. Who is going to drill the holes into these cabinets?”
After surveying the room – two baskets of unfolded laundry and a barefoot four-year-old wearing a pirate hat – I knew the answer.
The original cabinetry was already sporting the “single knob look”. It was fine, but a bit sparse. You may recognize these knobs from contractor packs at the local big box. They’re alright… but they don’t lend a lot of personality.
I decided to tackle the hardware installation in the middle of Mr. Suburble’s work day. I figured this would buy me enough time to get the job done before he got home. I didn’t want him hanging over my shoulder while I drilled through our 20 year old cabinet fronts. I could only imagine the comments. “What if you measure incorrectly? We don’t have another front to slap onto that drawer!”
And yeah – fair enough. I felt like I might pee my pants when I thought about it for too long. But I had a plan.
I headed to the art cart for supplies.
This may be an unorthodox way of creating a cup pull template, but this is how I did it. I grabbed a Crayola marker (because it’s non-permanent and can be wiped right off of the pull. Plus, they’re everywhere in my house) and coloured – heavily – on the back side of the pull.
Then, I “stamped” it onto cardboard. Voila! I have the imprint of the cup pull! I hole punched where the drill holes would be and got to work!
I found the center point in each of the drawer fronts and matched it with a center point I had found on the template. I painter’s tape to secure it while I drilled.
And after I sweat a little bit, measured again, and then finally pressed the trigger on my cordless drill…
It was a runaway train of knobs and pulls!
In fact, I was done within the hour.
The new knobs are larger, and have a border to add a bit of detail. They look much more proportionate to the cabinets, and have a nice feel. I’m quite smitten with them.
But ohhh…. the cup pulls. They are my favourite.
Remember what our kitchen looked like before?
Underneath those pulls is the existing hole from those single knobs. They’re hidden perfectly.
In my mind, I patted the back of that sweaty, self-doubting girl who was muttering, “I CAN drill through my cabinets… Yes, I CAN!”
The Little Engine That Instantly Upgraded Her Cabinets.
Or something like that.
I think that the important thing that I learned from this (aside from the kicking-ass-at-template-design thing), is that the details really do count.
They make such a difference.
And really, in the scheme of renovations and furniture refinishing, hardware is cheap. It can completely change the feel of a piece (or of a kitchen) for an hour’s worth of work and a vacuum to clean up the sawdust.
I’m so glad that I pressed the trigger.
If you’re looking to instantly update your kitchen (or any furniture pieces in your home), head to D. Lawless Hardware and peruse their huge inventory of bling and glitz.
My current favourite? These little guys:
I can think of at least three furniture pieces in my home that fall in love at first sight.
I love these! Your kitchen is very pretty!
Aww… thanks, Lindsay! That means a lot. 🙂
Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story
You kitchen looks fabulous. Love those pulls! Oh yes Dlawless has an amazing set of inventory. The crystal ones are my fav!
I’m all over the crystal – and for some reason, the green crystal may be my favourite now. I’m going to place an order soon – I have a desk and a buffet that are waiting for a coat of paint and some new hardware. 🙂
Thanks so much, Vidya!
Lory at Designthusiasm
This is such a timely post. I’m thinking about a kitchen renovation and not sure whether to gut or just upgrade. So true that the details make all the difference. Love your post!
The “to gut, or not to gut?” question is a tough one. For us, it was our budget that made the decision. We also finished our basement, and we just couldn’t stomach the thought of tearing out white cabinets just to replace them with… white cabinets.
Instead, we replaced the countertop, backsplash, and – of course – the hardware. I am really happy with how it turned out. We saved thousands, and I love my kitchen. 🙂
Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline
First off, your kitchen is AMAZING. I personally have some drawer pulls and knobs from Lawless that I love. I updated an entertainment center with some and also my kitchen ~ the quality is exceptional and the cost was a bargain. I hope to get some more in the future for some upgrades I have planned.
Thank you, Mary Beth! You’re too sweet!
I have some furniture pieces that need some new bling – I’m going to scope out the rest of the Lawless catalogue and pick out some fancy pieces to gussy them up. They’re really so affordable for what you get. Have you seen the faux jadeite? To die!
Simple beautiful! Love everything!!
Oh, thank you, Randi! 🙂
I am so with you on the details. Never underestimate the importance of small details. They look so good Tara and seriously your template idea, genius.
Thanks, Alex! Honestly, I was like, “How on EARTH am I going to figure this out?”
And then I remembered stamps. Too crazy.
But yes, it’s all in the details. If only Mr. Suburble could understand that. 😛
Oh my goodness! Your cabinet pulls are totally like the jewelry on your fab kitchen!!! Those cup pulls are totally drool worthy!
I loooove them. I’m so glad that I sucked it up and just started drilling! 🙂
These are beautiful Tara! I love the cup pulls, very similar look to what I have in my kitchen
I’m so happy to finally have cup pulls. I’ve been coveting them forever. They look fabulous in your kitchen, too. 🙂
Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life
Beautiful Kitchen! Your choice of hardware is perfect!
Thank you, Gilly! That’s lovely of you to say!
Karen Marie Kedzuch
My cabinets have those favorite knobs and drawers have the brushed nickel cup handles.
Ahh… we’re hardware twins! Don’t you love them?
Krista @ the happy housie
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the new hardware! Such a creative way to do a template too. Those little crystal ones are my current fabe as well… your kitchen is looking amazing!
You need to start an interior design company! And give a really good friend and family discount… ha ha ha!
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we are looking to upgrade our kitchen and this page has given us some really good ideas. Your kitchen looks great and very clean. Thanks
Laura @ Rather Square
Isn’t it amazing how the smallest update can have such a large impact? We are looking to upgrade our kitchen cabinet hardware too, and cup pulls are both functional and attractive. Thanks for sharing how yours turned out!
Love you kitchen! What material/color is your countertop?
Whoops! What happened there?!?!? And of course, you can’t edit replies. Sigh.
Our countertop is a white quartz. I love love love it. It cleans up really well (and there has been red wine on it!) and it has just the right amount of sparkle in it. Our quartz has the tiniest amount of mirror pieces in it, which I actually quite like!
I love the way this all looks! The polished silver matches your kitchen really well. THanks for sharing!
Thank you so much, Brian!