It All Hinges On This…

I’m tired of seeing this…

every time I stroll into our kitchen. These little cabinet hinges were a little ugly all along. With a good splatter of cream-colored paint, they became one of the most unsightly features of our kitchen. However, cabinet hardware isn’t really on my list of cheap-o upgrades and it doesn’t really rank on the list of projects on which I’m willing to spend moo-lah. A can of hammered bronze spray paint, which we obtained for free from a guy at Lowe’s when a piece was missing from our den chandelier; a box; and a screwdriver really did the trick.

Oh yeah… I now “ooh” and “ah” over these hinges every time I walk into the kitchen. I’ll let you in on the secret of how to flawlessly paint your hardware. This tip comes from Sherry at Young House Love. (If you’ve never checked out the Young House Love home makeover diary, you should totally stop by their blog. I’m an absolute fan!)

When you are ready to paint your hardware, grab a cardboard box, place the screws through their holes in the hardware, and poke the screws through the cardboard. This allows you to paint your screws at the same time you paint your hardware. It may not be rocket science, but it definitely made for an easier paint session.

Who would have thought such a small (not to mention free) project could make such a huge difference! Bye-bye nasty, unsightly hinges. Hello sleek, color-coordinated cabinets!

What about you? Do you have a hideous hardware secret to share? Have you completely refinished or replaced your hardware on the cheap? Leave a message and let us know!

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