The summer season is steadily approaching. The warm summer season includes necessary tasks such as mowing the lawn, putting away your winter wardrobe and barbecues outdoors with your family and friends. Additionally, the summertime is a great time to tackle long overdue home renovations and minor do-it-yourself projects. One minor yet essential decorating project is to change your current home décor with new drawer pulls. Changing your drawer pulls can instantly make any room look entirely refurbished without the accompanying headache, dust or chaos. If changing your drawer hardware seems overwhelming, keep the following guidelines in mind.
Guideline #1: Make a List
Whether it is a list of stores to stop in on Saturday afternoons or the weekly grocery list, lists help keep homeowners organized. Keeping a list of the rooms you would like to redecorate will involve multiple lists. For each room you would like to tackle, you should have a separate sheet of paper. In each room, you should account for the number of cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges and floor registers; these are the smaller hardware pieces you will need to match in material and finish.
Guideline #2: Establish Your Style
Before even considering purchasing or replacing anything new in your home, you should evaluate each room. Is there already an established theme or style? Does each room’s individual style flow nicely into the adjoining rooms as well as the overall décor of the home? With each room’s style in mind, you should consider and write down the colors, styles, finishes and other home accents that contribute to the overall design. This will help you later determine what colors, materials and designs in drawer hardware will compliment each room.
Guideline #3: Ask for Help
While hiring a professional to conduct home renovation projects might save you a headache, for smaller projects such as replacing your cabinet accessories, a professional is not only unnecessary but wasteful. Use the money you will save by doing this renovation project yourself toward the budget for your new cabinet knobs, pulls and handles. Instead of a professional, however, ask your neighbors, friends and relatives for tips and pointers on what styles, sizes and materials work – and don’t work-in their homes. Their advice is invaluable, especially if you have smaller children.
Guideline #4: Get Shopping
Once you have determined the material, style and finish of cabinet accessories you’d like, its time to get shopping! Especially for busier homes, you might not have time to run out to the nearest hardware store to browse their available accessories. An even easier solution is to browse online. Not only do online stores typically offer a larger variety (including hard to find styles or unusual designs) but also, online stores usually provide a discount for larger or bulk purchases – which means even more money in your pocket.
Guideline #5: Remove, Replace & Relax
Once you have purchased your new cabinet knobs, you are almost finished your home decorating project. With a screwdriver, gently unscrew all hinges and screws that mount the cabinet knobs, drawer pulls and finger wells to their respective cabinet fronts. Remove any back plates (if any) that correspond with any handles. Keep all the old parts in a sealable bag so that no screws or smaller bits are left behind. The easiest way to remove and replace these cabinet hardware units is to remove one handle and immediately install the newer fixture before moving onto the next cabinet. This way, you will eliminate the possibility of missing any handles. Repeat the steps above throughout each room in your home that you have elected to update.
Once all your rooms have newer, shiny cabinet fixtures, it’s time to relax and enjoy your hard work. Congratulate yourself on a job well done, especially with all the money you saved. It’s now time relax and enjoy the sunshine outdoors!