The cold, wintry months are coming to a close, but are not quite over yet. Now is the perfect time to keep you and your family active with a home renovation project! Redesigning your home during the slow, cold months will enable you to increase the value of your home for the upcoming spring and summer selling markets. If you and your family are not ready for an entire home makeover, consider remodeling your kitchen cabinet hardware; these seemingly small areas will add immeasurable appeal (both financially and aesthetically) almost instantly.
Evaluate Your Kitchen Components
Before beginning any home makeover project, is necessary to begin with evaluating what elements are in your kitchen. While most homes and apartments are long overdue for a remodeling project, it is always better to double check your cabinets. When examining existing wood cabinets, look for any cracks, dents, scrapes, rusted hinges, and cracked or damaged kitchen cabinet knobs.
Remove & Recycle
While your cabinets may not be to your liking, think twice before you toss them into the garbage. If you have other odds and ends around the home that are of value and no longer of use to you, maybe hosting a garage sale is a good option; however, yard sales require effort and organization. If you simple want to say goodbye forever to those hideous cabinet pulls that look like vintage 1970′s pieces, consider an alternate way of ridding your home of those unsightly objects. Websites such as craigslist.org offer a variety of areas for you to post your goods -reaching thousands of potential consumers. Even if your home hardware isn’t worth a dime, you can even list it as free; chances are, someone will consider your trash their treasure.
Believe it or not, cabinets can make or break any kitchen design. That’s why it’s important to replace them every five to ten years. Since you’ve already gutted the necessary parts of your kitchen, now is the time to replace the home hardware essentials with aesthetically and budget pleasing items. Choose a finish that compliments your style; consider the feel of your entire home, not just the kitchen. For the bold do-it-yourself-ers, why not try a unique layering technique? Starting with the darkest finishes on cabinets located hip level and below, work your cabinet colors from dark to light with the lightest closest to the ceiling. Not only will this draw the eye upward, but also it will give off the illusion of more space-even in the smallest of kitchens.
Show it Off
The easiest way to show off something is to attract attention to it, right? This applies to your newly remodeled kitchen, too. By adding attractive, complimentary cabinet pulls, you’ll accent the new wood finishes. Your guests will be awed with your careful attention to detail and eye for elegant décor. When choosing cabinet pulls and knobs, many homeowners opt for tried and true styled knobs in oil rubbed bronze, antique chrome or other dark finishes. These traditional finishes are great-especially with similar wood finishes. However, your real chance to “shine” comes when choosing a unique drawer pull design. If your home features handcrafted wood items, why not match them with intricately carved handles? Or, if you or your family members have a passion or hobby, show it off. Whether sports aficionados, culinary artists or simple just a water-lover, there are a variety of knobs and pulls in different shapes and sizes that literally illustrate what you love (ie: footballs, vegetables or fish) or are colorful reminders of your passions (ie: browns, greens and aqua-marine). If you do opt for the less-than-traditional hardware items, be sure the different colors and styles are cohesive; too many shapes and sizes can seen confusing and can easily become an eye-sore!