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Tips for Restoring Antique Cabinets with Hardware

Antique cabinets can be both sentimental and beautiful, and they can also be incredibly unique and rare. These are all great reasons cabinets in need of restoration shouldn't be torn down and replaced. What many homeowners don't know is that cabinets can be easily fixed and updated just by installing new hardware. Here are some quick tips to help homeowners restore antique cabinets by installing new hardware.

Go big or Go Home – In cases where only one or two cabinets need repairing, it is not okay to replace the hardware on said cabinets without replacing the rest. Unless the hardware being replaced is identical to the original fixtures, replacing hardware on one cabinet and neglecting the rest is a huge no-no. Doing so results in a cheap, unbalanced look that appears to be pieced together. In order to keep cabinets looking beautiful and up-to-date, it is important to replace all cabinet hardware at the same time. This ensures uniformity and promotes longevity.

Period-Specific Hardware – When specifically working with antiques, make sure all new hardware is period specific. Find out which period the cabinets represent and then try to find appropriate hardware from that same time period. If the period is unknown, try to find hardware that compliments the grain, style, and character of the cabinets. The two should look like they belong together and shouldn't compete for attention.

Color and Material – Be specific in the hunt for new hardware. Not every antique-looking, period-specific piece will match perfectly, so feel free to shop around. Create contrasts and utilize existing colors. If the cabinets are very dark, opt for hardware that is lighter and vise versa. If the cabinets are made out of a lighter material, check out dark iron and see how it pulls the room together. Notice the existing colors and patterns in the room; can you find hardware that will match the rugged look of the kitchen tiles? What about matching hardware to the satin back splash above the counters? Matching and contrasting hardware with existing patterns and colors will make the room look like it was professionally designed.

Not all antique cabinets need to be torn down as soon as they show signs of wear. More often than not, sticky, squeaky doors can be fixed by replacing the hardware. Replacing hardware is easier and cheaper than remodeling cabinets, so make sure to explore this option before scheduling demolition.

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