Giving a Builder's Kitchen a Personal Touch - Cabinet Hardware

Giving a Builder's Kitchen a Personal Touch - Cabinet Hardware | Classy Glam Living

SEE OUR MOST RECENT KITCHEN UPDATE!

Funny how Old Man Winter always stalls around when Spring is finally here.  In this STILL chilly weather, it's best to stay home to finish up some small home projects.  

We finally got all of the backordered glass knobs and installed them for the kitchen's upper cabinets this past weekend.  Here's a "before" photo with the builder's pewter knobs on the upper and base cabinet fronts (we've installed the bronze pulls for the freezer and fridge drawers on the right):   

New House Kitchen Update Glass Knobs & Bronze Pulls Before Photo | Classy Glam Living

And this was taken after the Mr. replaced the pewter knobs to glass knobs for the uppers and bronze pulls for the bases:

New House Kitchen Update Glass Knobs & Bronze Pulls | Classy Glam Living

The kitchen doesn't look as dull as with the builder's pewter knobs.  I love how the shiny glass knobs glam up the kitchen!

New House Kitchen Update Glass Knobs & Bronze Pulls | Classy Glam Living

Those 2 pewter knobs on the left in the above photo will stay until the Mr. has time to build the 3 pots and pans drawers to replace those doors.  Yes, they're on the to-do list ;-)

New House Kitchen Update Glass Knobs & Bronze Pulls | Classy Glam Living

A grey and white kitchen can seem rather cool.  The touches of bronze and gold, found in the cabinet pulls, faucet, and knives block, warm up the monochromatic kitchen.

New House Kitchen Update Glass Knobs & Bronze Pulls | Classy Glam Living
New House Kitchen Update Glass Knobs & Bronze Pulls | Classy Glam Living
New House Kitchen Update Glass Knobs & Bronze Pulls | Classy Glam Living
New House Kitchen Update Glass Knobs & Bronze Pulls | Classy Glam Living

The back wall looks very empty now; we'll eventually install the backsplash.  We're not looking to do anything fancy-schmancy there, just a simple mirror backsplash to give the illusion of a larger kitchen.

New House Kitchen Update Glass Knobs & Bronze Pulls | Classy Glam Living
New House Kitchen Update Glass Knobs & Bronze Pulls | Classy Glam Living

And here's the view of our seating area, directly opposite to the kitchen.  We placed the couch so that the sink faces the middle of it.  This setup has proven to be an efficient social hub when we have family gatherings, so that our guests can be comfortable while we chat with them from the kitchen.

New House Kitchen Update Glass Knobs & Bronze Pulls | Classy Glam Living

Changing out the kitchen hardware is the lowest cost upgrade you can install for a builder's kitchen, yet the results can often create a huge impact on a kitchen.  It'll leave you wondering what took so long to make such a simple change.

So we can now cross out another baby step on our mile-long kitchen's to do list:

  • Change out cabinet knobs and pulls - DONE!
  • Replace solid doors with glass doors at uppers above the fridge - DONE! (see kitchen trends post)
  • Install mirror backsplash  
  • Build more drawers in lower cabinets
  • Install mirror backs + glass shelves for those upper cabinets
  • Install LED rope lighting for under the upper cabinet  
  • Install valence
  • etc., etc., etc....  I'm sure there's always room for improvement, a simple task here and there sneaked onto the honey-do list :-)

To see how this kitchen design came about, check out our previous posts: