I can’t believe it’s already Friday! This week has flown by for me, and it doesn’t feel like I’ve gotten much done in the kitchen at all. But I guess I really have. I’ve been working on the refrigerator/range wall, and it feels like it has taken me forever to do all of the wood filling and sanding. I literally sanded for six hours yesterday just on this one wall! I thought it would go faster than the wall of cabinets, but I realized yesterday that this wall actually has much more detail, with outside corners, a shelf opening, a refrigerator opening, and so on. But now that all of the wood filling and sanding is done, the rest should go much faster.
I did want to show you one detail that I think makes all the difference in the world. On this wall, I had several areas that have just plain exposed edges of lumber, and I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but those edges are very sharp corners.
I don’t like the way that looks on a finished piece at all, so any time I have an exposed edge like that, I use my sander on low speed with 150-grit sandpaper to remove the sharp edge, and then I use 150-grit sandpaper by hand and round the edges just slightly.
To me, it gives it a much more polished, finished look. Instead of screaming, “I was made out of cheap lumber from Home Depot!!“, instead it quietly whispers, “Pssttt…I was hand crafted by someone with attention to detail.”
I do that any time I build something out of lumber where the edges are going to be part of the finished product. So I did that all around the shelf opening, the refrigerator opening, the outside corner of the refrigerator enclosure, and on the three cabinet corners that will be part of the finished wall.
It’s one of those details that probably no one else will ever specifically notice, but it just works with the whole thing to create a more professional, higher quality end product. Try it next time you’re building something out of lumber where the edges will be exposed on the finished piece! I think you’ll find that it’s a small detail that really takes your project up a notch.
So after two days of wood filling and sanding, this wall looks almost exactly the same from a distance as it did before I started working on it.
But up close, the difference is visible, and now I’m ready to spend about an hour doing all of the caulking, and then I’ll finally be ready for primer and paint. I’m pretty sure I can get this wall painted this weekend.
And now on to cabinet hardware. So many of you have asked me what hardware I’m going to be using, and it took me quite a long time to finally make my decision. And thank you to each one of you who sent me links and hardware suggestions! Probably my absolute favorite that was sent to me was this Lews Hardware pull.
I loved everything about it except those circles at the base. On any a piece of furniture, those would be fantastic. But the flat areas on the rails and stiles of my cabinet doors are only 1.25 inches wide, and I wanted something very thin and very understated. Those circles at the base just didn’t work in my mind. Plus, these were just under $12 each, and I didn’t see any coordinating knobs or anything that I liked. I needed 39 pieces total, and I really wanted to have a mix of different pieces in the same “family” just to add some interest. So I ruled that one out.
Then one of you (so sorry…I can’t remember who!!) told me about Hickory Hardware and how they say right on their website that they’ll provide hardware for an “avid blogger” free of charge. I’ll be honest, I got pretty excited about the idea of getting free hardware for my 39 doors and drawers, so I wrote to them to see if they’d be willing to work with me. They said they would, so I started looking through their selection. I spent probably two hours looking and searching, but I had the same problem there. I would find a knob that I really liked, but no coordinating pull that I liked. Or I would find a pull that I liked, but no coordinating pieces to match. The one thing I really liked there was this Eclipse Brass Knob.
So in the end, I went with the classic antique brass hardware from Pottery Barn. It’s completely different from what I started out looking for (I wanted modern and these are very classic), but I really like that their hardware comes in different groups with different coordinating options. For my six top row shallow drawers that won’t have gold leaf, I got these 6-inch classic hardware cup bin pulls, which are $12 each.
For the four big drawers, I got these 6-inch classic hardware pulls, which are also $12 each.
And for all of the doors, I got these 3-inch classic hardware pulls, which are $9 each.
Admittedly, that’s way more than I wanted to spend on door and drawer hardware. My total order with shipping and tax came to somewhere around $450. But I love that I had coordinating options so that I could mix and match, and even more importantly, I love that the pulls are very narrow and understated and won’t look overbearing on the narrow 1.25-inch-wide stiles on my cabinet doors.
And sometimes the fun of decorating on a budget for the most part is so that we can splurge when we want to, right? So while it was kind of difficult for me to click that “submit payment” button and spend around $450 on hardware, I’ve told myself from the time we bought this house that I would allow myself splurges if and when I thought they would really make a difference in the overall design. This was one of those times. Unfortunately, they’re all on backorder until the beginning of September. Boo.
Anyway, here’s a little interesting tidbit of info. This is my very first purchase ever from Pottery Barn. 😀
It just makes me laugh because Pottery Barn items and Pottery Barn-inspired items are so prevalent on decorating blogs, and yet, I had never until now purchased anything from there, and I don’t think I’ve ever made a “Pottery Barn-inspired” project. I could be wrong, but I don’t think I have. I think subconsciously, I have an aversion to Pottery Barn, and it’s not because they don’t have nice items. I really do like quite a bit of their stuff. My aversion stems from my days of working with decorating clients.
I think I’ve told y’all this before, but I got to where I absolutely hated working with decorating clients for the most part. And it’s not because they weren’t nice people. I met some really lovely people during my seven years of working with clients. It’s because it got the point where I felt like almost everyone wanted the same thing — the same look. It was always Pottery Barn. And on at least three different occasions, I actually had the client tell me in our first meeting that they basically wanted their home to look like a page out of a Pottery Barn catalog.
I remember thinking, “Then open the catalog, find your favorite page, and start ordering stuff. Why do you need me?!” Ugh. I started to dread my work, and I developed an aversion to all things Pottery Barn. And I made it my goal to never have “that look” in my own home. That is very much what guided my decorating decisions in the condo, where I used teal, apple green, yellow, and orange…and absolutely nothing that could ever be mistaken for Pottery Barn. I was determined that if I had to spend my days putting together “Pottery Barn” rooms for clients, I was going to come home to something completely, drastically different. And I did. And I loved it. 🙂
Obviously, I eventually stopped working with clients, and now I’m a blogger who gets to have fun and actually take risks and do crazy, bold things in my own home that clients in this city would have never in a million years let me do in their homes. Because…Pottery Barn.
And that’s a true story. The end. 🙂