Inexpensive Kitchen Upgrades
By: Danny Lipford
Replacing Kitchen Cabinet Hardware
The final touch that will make your cabinets appear new is replacing existing hardware. In all cases you will want to replace door and drawer knobs or pulls, but you may also want to replace hinges.
Both hinges and pulls come in a variety of different configurations and sizes, so if you’re shopping for pulls at a home center or a kitchen and bath showroom in your community, take an example of each with you (this includes the screw from both a drawer pull and a door pull, which vary in length depending on the thickness of the material they penetrate).
Another good source for cabinet hardware is the Internet, which has a huge variety of traditional, contemporary, and whimsical examples.
The best advice for the process of choosing: Take a chance on something distinctive (shape, color, material), while also making sure the pull relates to something else in the kitchen (the same metal finish as the appliances or a color common in the kitchen) and that it is comfortable in the hand.