Welcome to Day 4 of this series!!
If you missed one of the first 3 days, here’s a re-cap. Just click on the title to view them!
Step 1: Add wood ceilings.
Let’s keep going!! Here’s the next step:
Add Character to your
Home with new “old”
Yesterday, we talked about how much changing out your light fixtures can improve the look and feel of your room. Well, hardware has the same effect as well.
While searching the internet for inspiration pictures, I realized two things about changing the hardware in your home.
1. You can replace your hardware with actual antique pieces of hardware.
2. Or you can purchase new hardware that is reminiscent of an older period in time.
There are so many different types of hardware, that I would never be able to talk about them all in one post, but I will focus a just a few.
Of course, you know my love for farmhouses, so I am drawn to hardware that represents that feel.
I was wanting to put latches like the ones below in our new kitchen, but my cabinet fronts were not flat enough to accommodate them.
These latches are definitely representative of an older home.
Look how amazing they look on the cabinets in the picture below! This picture makes me melt! It is soooo “pin-worthy!”
Some more hardware that gives a great “older home” feel are these Classic Cup pulls.
They are one of the most popular type of hardware out right now. The most popular finishes are brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze, but chrome is gaining some ground.
You can see in the picture below how they used cup pulls and latches on their cabinets. Gorge!
The next kitchen used the cup pulls in old rubbed bronze. Oil rubbed bronze looks amazing on white cabinets! Btw, check out that wood ceiling, would ya?!
It’s also very acceptable to mix hardware finishes. Talk about character! Look how oil rubbed bronze and chrome hardware were used in this kitchen from For the Love of a House. If you have never been to this blog, and you want to seen “old house” character at it’s best, you need to click on over there and check it out. (And then be sure to come back and see me!)
These cup pulls are not just for a kitchen. They look great on a piece of furniture too!
I had a cherry piece of furniture that Mom gave me many years ago that just didn’t look like me at all. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of it because it was before my blogging days. It looked a little like this one, but was less “Queen Anne-ish.”
Mom told me to paint it black so it would match my décor more, so I did. I also added cup pulls.
It definitely gave it more of a farmhouse look.
See the difference changing the
hardware can make?
The last type of hardware I love is glass knobs and handles. They are so beautiful no matter where you put them!
Glass knobs can add lots of charm in a bathroom.
Or a kitchen…
I also wanted to share how my blog friend, Jen, from Tatertots and Jello shared in a post how she changed her brass handle to a glass handle on her pantry door in her kitchen. Click on the picture to read about it.
IMPORTANT: You do not have to have a lot of money to change the hardware in your home.
Have you ever looked at the hardware aisle at Hobby Lobby! They have knobs for days!
And if you purchase knobs when they are half off, you can get some beautiful knobs for very little money!
Hobby Lobby – source
ALSO…You can always spray paint the hardware you already have to give it a completely different look!
I’m sure you’ve seen many posts about how bloggers have spray painted their door handles oil rubbed bronze. It takes some time, but very little money to update the look of your home!
Here is a tutorial from Carrie at Dittle Dattle where she shows you how to change your brass door knobs to oil-rubbed bronze ones.
You can also easily spray paint outdated knobs on your cabinets.
So don’t feel like you have to spend a ton of money to get a new look.
Remember that you might find some pretty hardware at thrift stores or yard sales that can be cleaned up or painted to look like new!
Do you have hardware in your home that needs updating? Or could you replace it with hardware that adds more character and charm?
Click the links below to see steps 5 and 6.