When we first moved in to our condo it was obvious that our kitchen was missing a few finishing touches. I'll add that it was also missing a design aesthetic, but I've probably harped on that enough. (Seriously though, I just noticed/remembered the flood light to the left of the cabinets. Like an actual OUTDOOR flood light. Gaaaah!)
Anyway, in addition to putting a white coat of paint on the cabinets and changing the wall color we also added some hardware. See it yet?
How about now?
Yes, I'm talking about cabinet pulls. Super awesome and exciting, right? (Just say "yes").
Here's the thing - on a trip to Costco we found door pulls in a bulk pack. They looked nice enough, the price was right, and we needed them. I didn't give it much thought. They were brushed nickel (a look we were hoping to consistently use), and reasonably crisp and modern looking. So, we brought home our door pulls and installed them.
Then, as we got further and further into our renovation process I decided I'd prefer knobs. I'd been studying design blogs and found knobs to be a bit more trendy. It seems like a simple enough switch, but there was a little problem...
The installation of the pulls meant we had two holes in our doors. The knobs only required one. Those of you who are less handy (me) might assume this means we need all new door fronts if we wante to make the switch. Plus, if we somehow filled the holes wouldn't they still look "off" or lumpy? This was my concern.
Mr. Fix-It had a solution. First we decided that the upper holes needed to be filled. The knobs would look best placed lower on the door. Then, Mr. Fix-It made the holes BIGGER. Why? Because then we could get more wood filler in them and create a smoother surface.
Big hole, little hole.
We gooped up the big hole with wood filler.
Front and back.
Then we sanded the heck out of it.
We made sure it was completely smooth to the touch.
Next, we painted the entire door fronts and backs. Spot painting the filled-hole probably would have looked sloppy. Plus we were switching types of paint. Initially we used one that was just slightly tacky, even after months of drying. At some point Mr. Fix-It got the tip to use furniture paint. If you're curious, I can look into what we used.
Now for the final product:
Looking back I really like the switch. Have you ever made a small change that had a big impact?