I hope you all had a great weekend!
We took a quick trip up to South Bend to visit my Mom. Okay, I visited with her……PT and K went tailgating and then watched the bloodbath called ND/MI football! One added bonus was that we got to see B for a nanosecond, as he made it over after hockey practice to go to the game as well.
The bookends of the weekend were 2 events that were truly memorable! At least for me!
Friday marked the most amazing light show that I have ever seen with lightning dancing through the sky. Every which way I looked was yet another bolt of light coming from the sky. Even though I was in utter happiness oohing and aahing, I do hope that none of them actually touched down causing destruction. Anyone else see this light show on Interstate 80 in Indiana?
Sunday transplanted me right into a Nancy Noel painting, driving through Amish country on 27 South (Berne, IN), and passing what must have been a social gathering after church. Horse and buggies lined up in the open fields, little boys leaning up against the barn, girls holding and swinging their hands in play. Looked like a baseball game was going on as well. It only took a moment to drive past them, but I instantly wanted to join in their fun. It was a breathtaking site filled with simplicity and joy!
Thanks for letting me ramble!
How about we switch gears and I bring a little happiness to you all today? Like me talking hardware will part the clouds and bring the sunshine out for you! 😉
I have had so many emails asking if I have added the hardware to the kitchen island, that I thought I better put you all out of your misery and show you what we finally ended up with!!
I love them!! I can’t wait for the rest of the cabinets to be painted so I can swap them all out! I am even happier that I didn’t pay a fortune for them!
Seriously…..have you seen how expensive cabinet hardware can be??? Who actually pays $8-40 for just one piece of hardware?? Please ignore me if you have! I just can’t afford to do that, especially as I will need over 20 of these beauts for my kitchen.
When I saw these bar pulls on Overstock.com, I knew that they would be making their way into our home. They were perfect!
They are from Glide Rite Hardware and are Euro T-Bar Handle Pulls in Oil Rubbed Bronze. Hmmmm, am I a little obsessed with oil rubbed bronze at the moment??
Yes, yes I am!
I ordered a pack each of the 6″ and 8″ bar pulls. They came in a set of 10, and cost about $30 for each set. I loved the fact that they were only $3 a pull.
I could have spray painted the old brass hardware, but I was envisioning long bar pulls, and I may be able to mask the brass with paint…..but paint cannot turn an ordinary handle into a “way cool” bar pull!
I tell you, these were a dickens to install! I filled the old holes with spackle and then lightly painted them with layers of paint, finishing with a little dry brushing of black paint. I filled these holes after I had already painted the cabinets, so I was trying to make it all blend and have nothing stand out like a blinking sign. In some of these pictures, you can see the faintest markings of a hole still. The spackle sunk in further than anticipated, but another swipe and a little more paint has fixed them right up. I just didn’t want to have to retake the pictures! Thanks for understanding. 😉
Trying to get holes to match up is very hard to do. VERY HARD! These holes are 4 1/4″ and 6 1/4″ apart respectively……but if your holes are not drilled perfectly there is no way you are going to get that screw to line up with the hardware hole! I tried basic measuring and drilling. I tried making a template with a piece of paper, pushing a pencil into the paper and cabinet hole….nothing was working. I had already botched….big time…..the left drawer and my frustration was hitting its limit.
I thought about buying one of those hardware templates, but had no desire to get into the car and try to find one that would fit my measurements. I found a 30 second video on you tube, and making my own jig became a reality. See PT……having leftover lumber comes in handy! BOOYAH!
On the jig you will see 2 different markings. One set is for the horizontal drawers, and the other is for the vertical doors. I held my breath, but every single one of them worked out. 😉
My intent is to use the 8″ handles on all the drawers, with the 6″ handles going on all the upper cabinet doors. I sketched out the kitchen cabinets on a scrap piece of paper, and plotted the pulls out that way. Too bad I can’t find that scrap right now! LOL!
Have you swapped out any of your hardware lately? What did you choose?