Help!!! Cabinet Hardware with White Cabinets

Melissa-KitchenNovember 12, 2012

To be honest, I am getting a little overwhelmed planning my kitchen renos. We are painting the oak cabinets white (professional painter spray coating them), installing new granite (maybe Santa Cecilia or tan brown) and new backsplash (no clue what color since I have to decide on the granite first). Anyways, my present dilemma is the cabinet hardware. We have exposed hinges and I can't decide what color hardware to use. It's not the most difficult decision in the world but our house was built in 1991 and most of the other hardware in the house is polished brass, which I don't like. Our kitchen is open to the family room and the family room has polished brass on the fireplace. Would it look silly to have nickel in the kitchen and brass in the family room? All the door knobs in the house are brass too, so if I choose nickel will the designer police arrest me for clashing? Unfortunately, my hardware choice in the kitchen has a steamroll affect throughout the house for when I change my large chandelier/pendant in the foyer too. In the hallway outside the kitchen we also have a large mirrored sliding doors and they have polished brass trim too.

Am I reading too much into this? Should I go with bronze so it doesn't clash with the polished brass that is prealent in the house or should I go with the brushed nickel since I am not a fan of our exposed hinges and nickel won't stand out as much? Near the kitchen there really only is the fireplace accent and the mirror closet doors but if I choose pendant lighting, you'd be able to see that from the foyer.

Thank you for any advice and listening to my ramblings. Yes, this kept me up last night until 2:00 trying to decide. Help!!! :)

I've attached a picture of the family room to show the fireplace. This is not our furniture since it was from the real estate listing (we have blue leather if that matters.) I'll also be changing out the ugly brass track lighting when we change the lighting in our kitchen.

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This is the view from the foyer. You'll be able to see the light over the stairs and the kitchen island/pendants. Do they need to match? I was thinking an oil rubbed bronze chandelier might be a good choice since you can see the gold in the mirror from the foyer and I was worried that satin nickel lighting would not match. I have already changed the lighting on the ceiling in the hallway and entrance to something without any gold accents.

Thank you very, very much in advance for any suggestions!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 9:55AM
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Bronze hinge

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 10:00AM
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Satin hinge

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 10:01AM
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I'll be putting cup pulls on the drawers,either in brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 10:03AM
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My house was also built in 1991. I still have cheapo brass fixtures and hardware in the bathrooms. One day... In my kitchen I went with antique pewter pulls/knobs on the cabinets, with concealed hinges on my white painted cabs. They seem to work with stainless and black/oiled bronze (pendants). I hate the old brass and wouldn't give it any power to influence your choices now, rather plan to eventually get rid of it throughout the house. Of course, you can't see into my bathrooms from the kitchen, and that's a very good thing. :)

When I had exposed hinges, I thought they were ugly and dated, but I've changed my mind on that. I see plenty of nice cabs I love with exposed hinges.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 10:56AM
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Debbi Branka

I would change the kitchen to what you want (nickel), and as you have the money and opportunity, change out the rest of the house. We bought our house 3 years ago. Our cabinets had no hardware, the door handles and light fixtures throughout the house were polished brass. I bought brushed nickel hardware for the kitchen cabinets. Every payday, I bought one door handle, until all the doors in the house were changed to brushed nickel. Then every payday we replaced an overhead light in brushed nickel (cheap ones from Home Depot). My daughter recently introduced me to I changed out the outside hinges on my china cabinet, and bought new hinges for all the doors in the house. A little at a time. There is only one polished brass piece left in our house now (the sweep on the Pella storm door). YAY!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 11:04AM
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I wouldn't worry about matching the finishes - do what you want. We have brass throughout our house and nickel in the kitchen and I never notice it.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 11:48AM
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Thanks for the advice. A question for linelle...Did you have to bore holes in your cabinets to put in the concealed hinges? I really don't like the look of my hinges and would love them to be concealed but with them being for the face frame cabinets, I am having a very hard time finding concealed hinges that would fit. I don't have the expertise to install the hinges that I have seen and it would be nice if I didn't have to hire someone to cut the holes for the hinges.

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 12:04PM
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I agree - do not let the brass influence your decision. I think ORB will work very nicely throughout your home. However, if you want brushed nickel in the kitchen, then go for it. I would strongly suggest you choose your counter slab first though! if you got a slab that called for nickel hardware - you can still do ORB lights in the kitchen, as they will flow with the rest of the house.

I love the notion of mixed hardware for cabinets - I used Colonial Bronze knobs, which allows you to choose 2 finishes - one for the outside of the knob (eg. ORB) and one for the face (eg brushed nickel). Just an idea. I know you need to choose your hinges now tho. If you have an inkling of your granite choice and you know ORB will be the finish of choice, then go with ORB.

We had all brass throughout our 1950s house too - and we are slowly but surely changing everything out to ORB and we love the result! We do have satin nickel/pewter in the kitchen, nickel in 3 baths (2 polished, 1 satin) and 1 polished chrome in another bath. All main doors and hinges will have ORB hinges and levers when we're all done.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 12:10PM
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Melissa- go to HD or Lowe's and get heat-proof black spray paint and paint that puppy. The fireplace brass, I mean. I did it 5 years ago and it's the best thing ever. I HATED looking at that stupid yellow brass and trying to decorate around it. Now I have a beautiful matte black and I didn't have to spend much time or money.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 12:42PM
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OOOH!!! I'll go ASAP for the paint.

My husband is going to ban me from this website. Our simple painting of the cabinets, granite and backsplash is getting bigger and bigger with every post. I've now added the powder room to my to-do list, new lighting throughout the house, painting the fireplace, new door knobs.... They're things that have been bothering me for two years so it will be reall nice when everything is done.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 1:06PM
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Also, you can paint brass light fixtures. I had a huge, hideous polished brass chandy in my dining had like 18 candles, huge! And so brassy! I found an ORB-type color spray paint and lost the brass! It still wasn't the most gorgeous chandy, but it wasn't so in my face!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 6:26PM
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I also painted ALL of the ugly brass in our house when we sold in 2009 (house built in 1990) We could nt change the fixtures in the MBR so I painted everything ORB from rustoleum. Including the exterior of the shower door and a ceiling fan. All turned out beautiful and the house sold in one day to the first couple who looked at it. They came at 11 am and stayed til 7pm when we signed the sales agreement. No kidding.
We became friends with them as we live next door now and she painted the INSIDE of the shower door and it worked well and looks fine. Of course she has a wipe down after every shower.
Honestly you name it - I've painted it. ;)

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 10:00PM
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Another vote for the spray paint!! I painted light fixtures and my fireplace. Cover everything in site before spray painting!! It gets everywhere.

tape and cardboard. Fabulous glimmer, no?! (ugh)

after. The vents were white so they got the royal spray paint treatment too :)

This thing got it too! was just as gold as that fireplace!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 10:52PM
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