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  1. #1
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    Default Cupboard handles for Victorian or Primitive stye?

    We've been playing with ideas for an inexpensive facelift for our kitchen, and new hardware was one idea we had. I am looking at options at Lee Valley, but am also looking ofr other sources. Currently we have curved50's style that were there when we bought our house...if I were into retro they would have been perfect!
    If any of yo have pics to share that would be great too!
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    Cabinet hardware....soooo much fun to change and soooo many bazillions to look through!
    Do you have a lot of cabinets? If you have lots of doors and drawers to outfit, you might not want to consider the ones that are over $10 each. It adds up fast!
    Do you want them all matching or will you have knobs below counter and pulls above? Do they have to match up to existing screw holes?
    Do you have a kitchen photo?
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    "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" ~Friedrich Schiller



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    If you want to go sort of country/primitive- it's not hard to distress and whitewash your cabinets. Ours were absolutely disgusting when we bought our house...I got a wild hair one Saturday and grabbed some rags....a quart of white paint and a quart of stain...that's all it took.
    This was before we moved in- I found a snakeskin behind where the refrigerator used to be!!!
    http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ps53404806.jpg

    This is when I whitewashed and distressed:
    http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...psd189f80d.jpg

    And I took off the cabinet fronts and put chicken wire in.
    http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ps8622b9c5.jpg

    Huge difference and pretty easy and cheap!
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    NICE JOB, Kerri!
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    I have a 50's dresser that I painted and antiqued a nice green/blue, and I used white porcelain knobs. Think they are a nice choice, and fine for a primitive or Victorian piece, as they are neutral, and can often withstand a stain/color or even style change.
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    I went with bin pulls for drawers and handles for cabinets.
    Both in a brushed steel finish.
    They fit in my farmhouse-style kitchen of no specific "age" and would probably work in a Victorian-style kitchen..

    Kerri - very nice DIY paintjob!
    I had my cabinets repainted sage green over the 70s-style dark wood and IMO they look great
    8 years later they are starting to show a little "distress" and as far as I'm concerned they can just continue to weather naturally.
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    If you get handles or pulls, then look into contractor packs. They are usually 10 to 12 pulls or handles of the same type, and you can save a bundle buying in bulk, plus you have a few spares available.
    You can't fix stupid-Ron White



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    Depending on the rest of your decor, glass knobs look classically Victorian to me -- Lots of options here: http://www.houseofantiquehardware.co...FUkw4AodrwoAvg

    I like the small, plain octagonal ones. The pale green or amber ones could be amazing with the right color scheme.



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    I love the glass pulls. They look so nice, and authentic to the period.
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    YOu could alway make your own by using saddle conchos. The hardware in my kitchen is pretty much old fashioned looking saddle concho.



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    I have cabinet pulls made by the same fellow that makes bits and spurs.
    They are engraved just like those, with our brand in the middle.
    They look fabulous.

    Ask around for who makes silver engraved spurs and bits and other such.

    Now, those may not be period pieces, but not all has to be, even in a period home.



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    Thanks for all of the suggestions!
    I found a source for drawer pulls, and they also had cool copies of Victorian coat hooks that slide in and out of a slot so you can remove them....my back door is a bit of a tight fit for bringing stuff in because of a cupboard beside it, so being able to just pop the coathooks out is !
    Bluey, if I knew someone who was a bitmaker I would be so delighted! Up here there may be some out in Alberta, but nothing locally that I know of. I think I know of maybe 2 saddlemakers in my province!
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    Dale Bass made mine:

    http://www.mustfishwesterntackle.com/page4.html

    Those drawer pulls are like any other, but the part you pull from is like a small concho, solid, with whatever design you like engraved in there.

    Ours, I told him to do what he wanted, with our brand in the middle.
    He used a border with a wheat reef design and the brand from the same, the middle looks like pounded dark copper.
    Had many compliments, they are small and discrete, but very pretty.

    You may want to see who does any kind of jewelry and engraving where you are and run this by them, see if they could make what you want, if that is the way you want to go.



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