Sometimes the most minor changes can result in a huge upgrade.
There are a few minor changes that need to be made in the hallway such as new bedroom doors, a modern light fixture, and some t.l.c to the hall built-ins. We plan to start somewhere simple and work our way up. What better place to start with than the built-ins?
I love these built-ins. Our last house had the same thing, except the drawers went all the way down instead of having an air vent at the bottom like our current. They must have been a standard back in the 40s. It's a great space saver. We house all of our bathroom supplies here. (the dog's attire is also stored here) Of course this super functional built-in is lacking some serious design. I don't think anything has changed on it since 1942. Luckily I am living here now and this will not do.
Luckily the previous owners painted the trim and doors white, but their paint smeared all over the already out-dated brass knobs. This was the perfect place for us to start.
We do the majority of our business at Home Depot, mainly because it's the closest home improvement store to our house. We looked at a few different options and ultimately decided that we wanted to go with handles instead of knobs. I think handles just made more sense to us and they look slicker.
We were smitten with three variations of handles...
My true love of knobs would have to be Martha Stewart's on the top. That Martha really knows what she's doing. But unfortunately those handles were order online only. We came to Home Depot on a mission. And I was determined to conquer that mission. We ended up taking home the bottom Liberty handle. I couldn't be happier with our choice.
The installation was a little more complicated than what I would have imagined. Holes had to be drilled before the nail could be drilled in. The two nails needed to be matched up perfectly with the handles points. It took a lot of exact measurements. Thus there was a lot of frustration leading to numerous breaks. Who would have thought?
We spent a whopping total of $12.
I am very pleased with this cheap and simple upgrade.
Now if I could just do something about that ugly air vent.