You may remember that when we moved into our house, THIS is what the doorknobs looked like:
Very old brass doorknobs. They were flaking little bits of metal off and felt just gross to touch! Their shape was dated and out of style!
At first, I tried the cheapest update I could find!
$10 doorknobs from the most inexpensive manufacturer. I installed several of these and thought they would be good enough. But over the course of a few days, Scott and I began to hate them. They were stiff to turn, made a lot of noise when you opened or closed a door, and just generally felt cheap in your hand. The metal was very thin. We decided to splurge and get really nice doorknobs for the house!
These square ones from Schlage feel SO much nicer! They bring a fun, square, modern vibe and their insides function smoothly and quietly! They feel good in the hand, too! Sometimes going frugal just doesn't cut it! And this was one of those times!
Previously, the house had no locking interior doors. Not for bedrooms or bathrooms. We bought the right kind of doorknobs for the right kind of door! Closets don't lock. Bedrooms and bathrooms do!
I LOVE these doorknobs! They make me happy every time I see them and every time I open a door! They lend a touch of elegance to our otherwise boring flat-paneled doors! And just seem to fit the house!
Of course, when you change out doorknobs, you sometimes have to change out hinges! The old antique brass hinges just didn't look right with our new modern nickel doorknobs---so we changed all of the hinges out, too! Three hinges per door---Six screws out, Six screws in, for every hinge---for EVERY DOOR IN THE HOUSE!!! It was a LOT of work, but it's very nice to have the whole house matching and feeling updated!
Next up was the KITCHEN!!
This is what our kitchen looked like when we moved in. It's not a very big kitchen. And you may not be able to tell in this picture, but the appliances are bright white and the cabinets were painted a dingy off-white.
Besides being a dingy off-white, the cabinets had been touched up with the wrong color paint! The original paint job had not been done very well and cracks were showing in most of the doors. And, of course, I didn't care for the antique brass knobs and hinges. I longed for something more modern!
There was also an ancient and rusty almond-colored range hood hovering above the cooktop. It sounded like a thousand elephants stampeding when you turned it on and since it doesn't vent to the outside, it blew hot air right in your face when you cooked!
All these things needed to change!!!
I started by removing all of the cabinet doors! It turned out they had been attached with some really funky hinges called "double de-mountable 3/8" inset" hinges. Double de-mountable hinges attach to the doors by sliding into a carefully cut out slot on the cabinet door and on the cabinet face. It was a common thing back in the 70's but not so popular, now! But because the doors and cabinet face had these special cutouts---there was no way to switch hinge styles!
These special hinges were hard to find in a new finish! We wanted to update to a brushed nickel and finally found some at the local Menards home store. We bought all they had. Twice. Over a period of 3 weeks. And then we finally had enough! I could have ordered them online from a different source, but they were twice as much!
The cabinet doors were numbered and laid out on a large paper-covered table. Because it is still winter, I didn't think I could paint successfully in the garage. So I painted a few doors at a time in the dining room. The process went like this:
Scrub the doors front and back.
Sand the doors front and back.
Prime the doors front and back.
Fill the cracks.
Paint 2 coats on the back.
Paint 2 coats on the front.
And wait in between for everything to dry!
I could only do 7 doors at a time because of my limited table space. It took days and days and days!
But I'm FINALLY DONE!!!
Bright White cabinets in the kitchen!!!
And a new super-quiet brushed nickel range hood to match!
We thought we would go with a cabinet bar pull instead of a knob---but when we compared them, the square nickel knobs really looked best!
I love my newly painted cabinets! They are a breath of fresh air and crisp and clean and looking almost like new!!!
NEXT PROJECT: Painting the walls white and replacing the electrics!
Remember these icky dingy plugs?
They are currently being replaced by bright white ones! And proper GFCI plugs for the kitchen will be installed, too! Thanks to my Electrical Wiring Wizard Hubby!!