Picking a Cabinet Color + how to prep for new hardware

What looks good from a distance, but up close is a hot mess?

Yes, a Monet (haha, Clueless anyone?), but that's not what we are talking about today.

We are talking about these...

Picking a Cabinet Color + how to prep for new hardware - before

...can everyone give me a collective, "ewwww" ...

That's my reaction every time I get close to my cabinets.
I want to love them, but I don't. 

So, while my husband was at Army over the weekend (and progress was stalled on the fireplace makeover) I decided it was high time I decide on a paint color for my nasty cabinets.

Picking a Cabinet Color + how to prep for new hardware - sample colors
From Left to Right we have: Caribbean, Flagstone and Tailors Chalk.

I thought for sure putting them up against our "yet to be finished" concrete counters would surely leave me with a clear winner. 

Nope.

So, I pulled out the secret weapon that I hinted at when I showed you our new schoolhouse light.... 

Picking a Cabinet Color + how to prep for new hardware - heirloom silver hardware from Build.com

I totally thought my new hardware from Build.com would help make up my mind...

Picking a Cabinet Color + how to prep for new hardware - heirloom silver hardware from Build.com

I chose the beautiful Heirloom Silver 5 inch pulls .
It's classic hardware and guess what?

They look amazing next to every color!

Well, that's not very helpful, now is it!?

Picking a Cabinet Color + how to prep for new hardware - heirloom silver hardware from Build.com

Seeing the hardware made me just as stumped as ever. I even sent pictures to my mom and sisters for their opinions. 

Really that just made me even more confused. 

I like them all. I can envision them all working. 

So then I started thinking about accessories and how I wanted the room to function. As well as how the kitchen relates to what we are doing on the fireplace and the already finished laundry room

Finally I had a clear winner. 

Picking a Cabinet Color + how to prep for new hardware - vintage yellow stool

 Any guesses on what I chose?

I'm going to be totally mean and not tell you yet, but I WILL tell you how I am prepping for my new larger hardware!

You might be thinking, "but Amber, they aren't too different are they?"

Well, other than being larger, they also sit out further from the cabinet front, so I can actually fit my hands around them. Also I will be using them on all the drawers as well as the doors! So no more knobs! Yay!

Picking a Cabinet Color + how to prep for new hardware - heirloom silver hardware from Build.com - old and new

First, I took off the old hardware on just the drawer fronts. (lucky for use we get to use the existing knob hole for the handles on the doors)

Picking a Cabinet Color + how to prep for new hardware - removing old hardware

Then, I used this stuff...

Picking a Cabinet Color + how to prep for new hardware - fill the screw holes

and squished it into all the old screw holes. Its a little bit stinky, but it works great and sands down perfect.

Picking a Cabinet Color + how to prep for new hardware

The drawers got filled on the island too.

Picking a Cabinet Color + how to prep for new hardware

Now I have to let it dry and sand everything down. Then we will be ready for PAINT!!!


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