I won’t hide my fixation, I’ll acknowledge it openly and proudly. I am a hardware junkie.
I have dozens of sets of hardware sitting in a box in my garage awaiting a new piece, some of it saved from old thrift store finds, some of it from local salvage shops, some of it just brass pulls bought on ebay or rope knot knobs I have yet to use. Clearance hardware bins are a weakness of mine – I find it hard to pass them by without purchasing and storing away a few goodies. Matt says to me when he sees my hoard “What ARE you doing with all of these knobs?” and I reply “Oh, they have a destiny” and he just shakes his head and walks away.
To freshen a piece of furniture or a set of cabinets I’ll often swap the hardware for something more modern, but I have in the past purchased thrift store furniture simply for the hardware alone. You may have a fine piece of ebony stained cabinets or a freshly painted dresser, but what’s true is the hardware is the jewelry and it always makes the outfit.
Finding the perfect hardware can be overwhelming, especially if you’re under a time crunch or knee deep in a kitchen remodel or house flip, I’ve been there. Some companies like Top Knobs or Amerock sell to dealers in kitchen and bath showrooms so you have to visit those local businesses to get access to the collections, but they are worth your time. Home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes offer special order hardware since they only want to stock the basics.
The good news is we live in modern times and you can purchase so much beautiful hardware online and there is so so much available. Don’t you just love the internet for the marketplace that’s been opened to us? I compiled this list to share with you but also as a resource for me for future remodels and furniture makeovers.
Here they are in no order of preference, just alphabetical:
West Elm carries unique hardware but not a huge selection. Etsy vendors always have unique collections of pulls and knobs available. Sites like Amazon or Ebay can be overwhelming, so it’s best to narrow your search to specific types like “oil rubbed bronze pulls”. You can find great hardware in unexpected places, I even found my kitchen cabinet pulls at Target!
I’m a believer in honoring the style of the cabinetry or piece with your hardware choices (like with these chests) because if you pick knobs or pulls in a style inconsistent with the lines of the cabinetry or style of furniture, it can be jarring. Find more tips on mixing finishes and choosing kitchen cabinet hardware in this article.
More Decorating Resources:
Favorite Home Decor Stores
Have you discovered a great resource for hardware other than the ones mentioned?
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