Picking kitchen cabinet hardware is NOT easy. While picking ours we had our hearts set on copper hardware and scoured the world to find the right thing. In my mind, hardware is very similar to jewelry on an outfit–it adds that little decorative flourish that is that third layer, that finishing touch. I didn’t have my heart set on any particular style–from modern handles to rustic knobs, salvaged pulls or blingy new ones–I was pretty open.
Hardware can be very expensive. Just like jewelry it is possible to find deals and steals, but the really good stuff costs big bucks. I was looking at pulls that cost anywhere between $7 a piece to $100 a piece–and when you need fifteen like we did–that can put a real dent in the pocket book.
Since most kitchen cabinets don’t come with hardware already installed, once you choose and install the hardware, you’re pretty much stuck with it because to uninstall it and put something else in means you’re left with brand new cabinets with all kinds of patched up holes in them–not the end of the world, but certainly not awesome, either.
We ended up buying vintage, salvage hardware from Eric’s Architectural Salvage in Silverlake (pictured above.) In the end we opted for something more traditional/rustic as opposed to something more modern because our cabinets are very stark white and I didn’t want the kitchen looking too clean and modern–I still wanted it to have a bit of an old world feel that I think these old pulls lend to the space–plus at the time that we bought them we were on a serious budget and these were an unbeatable $2.50 each.
To be totally honest now that they’re installed I like them well enough but I’m not obsessed. They are kind of like the pretty classic earrings that you wear everyday that work with any outfit, but certainly not a statement necklace–if you know what I mean.
Anyway, since I did so much scouring before settling on the salvage ones, I thought I’d share some of my favorite pulls that I came across during my search should you be in the market for some…
There are so many options, and maybe one day if I feel really bummed out by my salvaged ones I’ll pick new ones. But for now, it’s all good and I’ll let the tiles in the kitchen be the statement- the hardware can play the supporting role.
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Image of my Jungalow kitchen by Dabito