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Remodeling a kitchen is probably the most expensive home improvement project a homeowner can undertake. And by far the most expensive part of this project is replacing the cabinets. Luckily there are ways to bring a kitchen out of the Dark Ages if the cabinets receive new hardware, a good cleaning and a fresh finish. Two years ago, I pretty much did just that.I wish I had a better before photo of our kitchen. When I bought the house, the cabinets looked dirty and “tired”. The kitchen floor consisted of half carpet half laminate, and the wall paint was gross and grimy.Here I am prepping the kitchen floor for tile. I cleaned and then stained the cabinets in a rich espresso color. But, instead of replacing the knobs and hinges, I spray painted them. The spray paint held up well for about a year then the knobs started to look like this. It was time for another small makeover, which I was able to do with the help of National Hardware. With more than 7,500 products, they provide the highest quality hardware. At first, I considered replacing the knobs with handles. But this would have meant drilling additional holes and filling in old hardware holes with wood putty. I was afraid sanding the putty would ruin the stained finish. So I stuck with knobs.I’m actually glad I did because the process was so simple and quick. I love the new knobs. The quality is outstanding.Here’s a shot of the new knob vs. old knob. I can’t believe the huge impact this minor cabinet hardware change has made. The same with the hinges. The old hinges looked tired and banged up. Installing the new National Hardware hinges was super easy since I didn’t have to drill any new holes.
Speaking of little things, I guarantee this video will make you laugh. It’s hilarious and I’ve watched it over and over.