When you decide that you want to update your home's look, what is the first thing you do? If you're like most people, you probably go furniture shopping. It's true that finding new sofas, headboards, chairs, etc., can go a long way toward updating most of your home. One of the exceptions to this rule, though, is your kitchen. After you put in a new kitchen table or prep cart, what else can you do?
Why not update the look of your cabinets?
Please note that I didn't say replace your cabinets.
Replacing cabinetry is a huge undertaking and it can eat up a couple of weeks of your life if you're determined to do the project yourself.
Why not start with something small and manageable before you tear everything down? For instance, why not change out your cabinet hardware? Or maybe you want to do away with the hardware altogether. If that's the case, why not switch from your current hardware to a no-hardware pull look? It is almost ridiculously easy.
No-hardware cabinet pulls made a splash in Sweden first and have been gaining traction here in the US for a while. The Swedes are using leather for their no-hardware pulls, similar to Rawhide 89 Cigar Brown Solid Bonded Leather Fabric. However, you can use any sturdy fabric you'd like; Springs Creative Quilters Only Solids 100% Cotton Fabric comes in several different colors, so you can be sure to match your kitchen decor. If you want to go a little fancier than cotton, check out Nu-Suede Polyester Fabric.
Here's what you do:
·Cut your fabric, leather, or other faux suede into strips that are about an inch wide and eight inches long.
·Punch two holes across each end of the strip (about a quarter of an inch from the edge).
·"Fold" the strips in half (do not crease them; you want them to look and act as loops), and line up the holes you've punched.
·Cut another strip of fabric or lacing (leather lacing if you're using leather or other hide).
·Thread one end through one set of lined up holes and the other end through the other set of lined up holes (this should create a straight line across your fabric).
·Position the folded strip against your cabinet, where the hardware used to be, with the fold on the bottom.
·Thread the lacing through the holes that were left in your cabinetry by the hardware.
·On the inside of the cabinet, tie the lacing into a double knot.
Viola! You've now got new cabinet pulls, and it didn't require multiple trips to a hardware store or a bunch of extra tools.
PRO TIP: If your old hardware left holes that are vertical and not horizontal, make sure the holes you punch in your fabric are vertical as well.
Even if you aren't particularly good at DIY, this is a project that you can do yourself, and you can finish it in an afternoon! You probably won't even break a sweat. Have fun!
Erin Steiner is a freelance writer who covers topics ranging from DIY to current events.
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