The Easiest Way to Update Your Kitchen

Fun fact: our kitchen cabinet hardware hasn’t been right since we renovated the space in 2016. I am dying laughing at just how much my style and decor tastes have evolved in five years! And, when I say it hasn’t been right what I really mean is I’ve hated it for all these years. πŸ˜‰ The knobs are too big for the cabinets, the pulls too small for the drawers, and the oil-rubbed bronze is just blah. Not at all what I wanted!

So, thanks to 11 months of being home a majority of the time, I finally decided to do something about it. New hardware is the easiest way to update your kitchen – I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner.

Here’s a before shot. Some of you might think I’m crazy for thinking there’s something wrong with the current hardware, but hey – I like what I like and vice versa.

modern farmhouse kitchen oil-rubbed bronze cabinet hardware
I had a rough idea of what I wanted from the start – matte black, smaller cabinet knobs and unique, transitional style pulls – so that helped narrow my search. Plus, I had to stick with the existing hardware size. Based on that criteria and cost, Amazon won out. All said and done this project cost around $100, which isn’t awful considering the amount of cabinets we have.

Here’s how the kitchen looks now!

modern farmhouse kitchen matte black cabinet hardware
Can you see the difference in the matte black? It pops more and provides a nice contrast to all the white.

We’re very impressed with the quality of the knobs! Good, substantial weight and easy to install. I’m also thrilled with the new drawer pulls! I was worried they might look like something that belongs in an office, but they provide a good balance of character, style and function.

the easiest way to update your kitchen
We also swapped out our pantry door hardware to this classic style pull.

Thanks to this easy update, the kitchen feels like a brand new space. It finally looks how I always wanted it to look – I couldn’t be happier!

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  1. 3.22.21

    Your kitchen is such goals. We are currently in the design process of updating our kitchen and things like pulls/knobs really do make such a difference!

    • 4.6.21
      Karly said:

      Awe, you’re too kind! There’s so many things I would do differently now with the kitchen, but I still love it. How fun that you’re updating yours!

  2. 3.3.21
    Lovely said:

    I’m happy it turned out the way you wanted. Small things make a biggest difference!

    • 3.4.21
      Karly said:

      Couldn’t agree more! Thanks!

  3. 2.24.21
    Debbie said:

    Very nice choice, I really like the new hardware! Amazing what a simple change can do!

  4. 2.24.21
    Biana said:

    It really is the simplest way to refresh the kitchen and I love the style you went with! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

    • 2.24.21
      Bette said:

      Looks great!
      It’s amazing how different it looks with your simple changes.

      • 3.4.21
        Karly said:

        Thank you! Exactly what I was going for/hoping it would do! πŸ™‚

    • 3.4.21
      Karly said:

      Thanks so much!