DIY diva

And Now, Hardware

February 28, 2011 | 14 Comments | Advice, Kitchen
DIY diva

If you follow on Facebook, then you know exactly what MysteryMan said after he helped the dudes unload this veritable sea of cabinet boxes from the delivery truck on Friday. As you might expect, it contained an expletive.

As you also might suspect, I had to tear one open the minute I got home from work.

I am completely thrilled with all of the decisions we made so far on color and door style, although we’ll have to wait another year until they’re installed to see if we aced the layout as well. But there’s no turning back now.

MysteryMan also commented on the lack of knobs and was quite astounded that cabinets didn’t come pre-knobbed. Which the rest of us can respond to with a resounding thank god because who knows what cheap ugly drawer pulls the cabinet makers would leave us with?

Plus it wouldn’t give me the chance to pull my hair out over yet another decision to make about the house. Here’s what I’m looking at:

I originally thought I wanted cup pulls like these rustic pewter versions from Restoration Hardware

But, let’s be honest, I want to be able to buy a stove one day, so I’m probably not going to pay $18.50 per knob for drawer hardware.

From CSN stores, this pull rings in at $6.80 apiece…

And this one also from CSN for $7.68… also had some basic cup pulls for a much more palatable $2.50 apiece (or $12.89 for a pack of 5)

I’m also not entirely sure that cup pulls are the right answer. All of the bottom cabinets are drawers instead of doors, but the space on the top drawers might not be quite thick enough to carry these, so I’m also looking at handles like these:

Label pulls from Pottery Barn…

At $9 a pop, I won’t buy them, since I don’t love the finishes. And I was hoping for something with expose screws, kind of like this…

(For under $6 from CSN.) Again, not in love with the finish. This one may be a little closer to the mark…

And for a slightly higher price, this is more what I had in mind.

But the truth is that I’ve got a bedroom, a big closet, and two bathrooms I have to finish before I really need to start worrying about this. Which won’t stop me, but helps put things in perspective a bit. Maybe I should go tile something now.

DIY diva


  • Kate R

    I’m not usually a fan of black cabinets, but you may have converted me. That looks GOOD!

    Since you have time before you need to make a decision, have you thought about cruising eBay for your hardware?

  • Josh

    Wow, I’ve never seen the label pulls before! Would you actually label them, so when guests come over they don’t have to open all the drawers before finding the silverware one?

    I like the idea!!!

    • kitliz

      Totally! Actually I was thinking I might be able to do something graphical (line drawings of silverware) or clever little labels like “stir” “clean” “cook” “spice” for different drawers. I can’t decide if that would be fun, or just a lot of work.

  • Joseph

    Top Knobs is on the Internet and has an incredible selection. They’re a little pricey, but they make a wonderful product. If you buy cheap, you may end up wishing you hadn’t.

  • carrie @ brick city love

    The cup style pulls are pretty but don’t seem so practical to me. I, personally, prefer horizontal handle pulls on lower cabinets. That way you can loop a tea towel (& your fingers) through.

    My parents have mostly drawers as their kitchen lower cabinets and being able to put your fingers in top down makes for easy opening.

  • Wholesale Flooring Pro

    I vote for the cup pulls from Overstock (and not just because they’re they cheapest but hey … a stove IS nice too). I just think they would look nice with those cabinets.


  • Julien

    May I suggest you take a look at Lee Valley ( They have a lot of hardware (knobs, pulls, handles) and are reasonnably priced.

    See for the US store and you should definitely order their tool and hardware catalogs (they’re free), they’re like Toys’R’us catalogs for grown ups !

  • Guerrina

    Like the very last handle best! I like to be able to put fingers in from the top and when I age and get arthritis I won’t have to grip!

    Now that I’ve seen your black cabinets, I’m thinking about doing cabs in my kitchen black just not sure if enough light to handle – maybe only bottom ones black – decisions, decisions…. :)

  • Sara @ Russet Street Reno

    I really like your last option – I agree that bar pulls are more practical that cup pulls for hanging towels, etc. I’m sure if hardware had come on them it would be shiny brass or something hideous! ha

  • Robin @ 3 Acres & 3000 sf

    Ha we have such similar taste! I plan to have handles like the last few with exposed screws in my kitchen someday. Here are the sources I’ve found with them.

    Restoration Hardware: Aubrey Pull (expensive)
    Lee Valley: screw foot utility handle
    US Knobs: Andante, Becker Beshlage, Country Kitchen, Rochdale, Schuab Traditional,

  • Robin @ 3 Acres & 3000 sf

    If you love the RH pulls sign up for their e-mail promotions for a while. After ordering their bathroom lights I get a million extra discounts…some really good ones…that you could use for the handles. Just an FYI.

  • Amy

    Have you checked out the Martha Stewart hardware at Home Depot? There are several exposed screw and cup pull designs that are really nice, and remind me of RH at a fraction of the price.

  • Tony

    Hardware unlimited
    Always have helped me

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