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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet Hardware Adds Spice to Your Kitchen Design

by Allison Millar
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Want to add the finishing touch to your cabinet refacing project? Add a rustic wrought iron kitchen cabinet pull or a sophisticated porcelain cabinet knob. The options in cabinet hardware are almost endless.

Cabinet Hardware Adds Style to Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet refacing can dramatically change your kitchen design. Add in new cabinet hardware and the transformation will be complete.

Select Cabinet Hardware Style

The first step is to decide which style will blend with your cabinet refacing. Look for cabinet hardware styles and finishes to bring out the natural beauty in the cabinet wood or blend with other parts of your kitchen design. Look through home improvement stores, kitchen, bathroom and plumbing supply stores and specialty web sites.

Among the popular cabinet hardware options are:
  • Brushed nickel hardware blends well with stainless steel appliances and light wood cabinets.
  • Satin nickel hardware, which has a matte, brushed finish and warm color tone, blends well with light colored cabinets, such as maple.

Blend the New with Kitchen Design

As you shop, make sure the cabinet hardware blends with the overall kitchen design. Think about the overall style of the room and the other materials you will be using. Also consider:
  • The type of appliances, countertop and floor.
  • Your kitchen sink. Brushed chrome hardware will coordinate with a stainless steel kitchen sink, as the textures are similar. Beige porcelain hardware will blend with a beige cast iron kitchen sink.

Cabinet Hardware Finishes

Cabinet hardware is made from a variety of materials. Among the options are:
  • Brass
  • Chrome
  • Nickel
  • Pewter
  • Copper
  • Stainless steel

Cabinet Hardware Costs

Adding cabinet hardware is one home improvement project that adds a big bang for a relatively small amount of money. Prices range from $2 each for more traditional cabinet hardware found at home improvement and hardware stores to $20 each for hand made decorative styles.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer. She has been a writer of home improvement columns for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines, and on home improvement web sites.

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