DIY Project #1 was probably the quickest and easiest project we have tackled and completed in the “Fleer abode” thus far! Though it happened months ago, I thought that it was time to finally share it with you all!
Our house was built in the 70’s and so I’m pretty sure our otherwise attractive kitchen cabinets were brought down by these terribly ugly, 70’s style cabinet handles that somehow never saw a trash can! Yuck! I mean, just look at these terrible things!
Zach kept saying that he wasn’t a fan of the cabinets. He’d say things like, “Well, maybe we can paint them or refinish them.” Though I loved the deep mahogany color because they went so well with our already Earthy style. I was convinced that all we needed were new cabinet handles….until I found ones I loved and looked at the price. At $5-$12 a piece for the handles that I fell in love with and a total of 25 handles was going to make this purchase well over $200! In the grand scheme of house remodels and updates, $200 wasn’t that expensive but for kitchen cabinet handles?! I’m too much of a cheap skate to led that slide! I was contemplating choosing a less unique and more common type of handle just so that I would no longer have to go blind when I’d looked at these things.
Zach and I decided to pull one of the cabinet handles off just to measure it and look at the distance between the holes in the cabinets so that we could find new ones. But then, we discovered that those disgustingly ugly plates on the back actually came a part from the handle itself! Alas, a solution to this terrible problem! We decided to take the plates off of all the handles and although the handles themselves aren’t my favorite, the cabinets looked completely different and gave our poor kitchen cabinets new life! Check out the difference! Much better, right?
Now we both feel that our kitchen cabinets’ are starting to show their full potential. Though I haven’t decided if I will sand them down and repaint them yet, at least I can rest easy knowing that I will not be blinded by the outdated 70’s look! More importantly, I love being able to update our house by just reinventing the furniture/hardware we already have and not spending a fortune on something that wasn’t needed! I’d say we won this battle for now…Mission accomplished!