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Do you have pulls or knobs on your kitchen cabinets and drawers?

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Does your kitchen have cabinet and drawer pulls or knobs?

 My kitchen does not have any. At first I thought I needed to install some right away but I have lived without them for years. The drawers and cabinets are not hard to open.

Sometimes I think I want to add hardware, but I have been without for so long I do not know if I will like it when it was done.

Has anyone installed them on their own? Is there a template to get the spacing correct?

Thanks for the advice.



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duke mom1272853927.9531442 PostsRegistered 7/12/2009

Knobs. I found some on sale for 1.00 a piece at Lowe's right after we moved into our new house. They had exactly enough to re-do our kitchen cabinets and drawers. I did have to buy the one on display too though. It was one of those ment- to- be's.

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crazy4bear­s551272894946.133763 PostsRegistered 1/15/2007

A few years ago when we gutted our whole kitchen and dining area the man built all of our cabinets and he suggested that we put knobs on the doors and they all open away from my sink which I never thought to do that. And that we let him build all the bottom with drawers that pull out with pull handles. I never did think of that too. It is alot easier getting your pans out by not having to bend over and look in your cabinet for something. He also built me a trash drawer that pulls out and my trash can sits in there and then it is not in sight. Just looks like part of the drawers. Really do love my kitchen now!Wink

beach-mom1272895204.30710530 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007Mid-Atlantic

We bought them and my husband put them on himself (and he's not that handy!). We have light oak cabinets and drawers and bought white knobs. We did it right after we moved in. We also put them in the kids' bathroom. They have natural-looking cabinets. We found some cute white knobs with sea life on them. So we put a diffferent one on each of the four cabinets. They're cute. They gave my husband great instructions and they weren't hard to do at all. Smile

MIMA1272895208.26715275 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS

We are in the process of changing our pulls.  We had shiney gold (14 years old).  When we redid our kitchen recently and put in SS appliances our gold handles looked awful.  I have bought pretty plain brushed nickel pulls at Walmart.  They look great.

Pulls or knobs keep your wood cabinets a bit cleaner IMO.


MopsyGirl1272895331.2532576 PostsRegistered 2/15/2008

My DH and I go around about this one. I think the knobs make the kitchen look more updated, but he doesn't like them. So far, he's winning.

millieshops1272895605.7616667 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007

I have none and I like it that way.  I live in a large condo community where we all have the same cabinetry.  I have yet to see a kitchen in which added knobs/pulls made me like the kitchen better. 

No pulls for me unless I buy new cabinetry some day.

Marsha20031272901091.964870 PostsRegistered 10/31/2007

I have knobs on all cabinets and drawers.  I think the edges do stay cleaner that way based on my past experience of having no knobs or pulls.  I have fewer broken fingernails, too. {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

bogeymama1272901416.92450 PostsRegistered 11/28/2006

We don't but we will soon.  We will be redoing our kitchen.

The cabinets acquire lots of handprints when there are no knobs and pulls.  I'll be glad to have them again.

Lisa Wink

Lisa ;-)

tired mom041272904762.2731205 PostsRegistered 7/10/2009so. cal

Like you I had my kitchen re-done and did not have any hardware put on the cabinets and drawers.  I lived with it like this for about 4 years and liked it.  But what I didn't like was having to clean dirty spots where the kids were always opening drawers and cabinets (they are white).  I gave in last year and added hardware and have to say I really like the way it looks.

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redwingsgal1272905081.7731100 PostsRegistered 6/11/2009MI now in OK

I have white knobs on my white cabinets.  Master bath we changed to brushed nickel when we redid it a few yrs ago.  I am thinking of changing all to the brushed nickel just for a change.

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mk11272937283.907167 PostsRegistered 7/30/2009

Thanks for the posts.

DukeMom-great deal on the knobs.

Last night I found a website that showed kitchen redos and all the after pictures showed hardware.  I am really torn. Once I drill a hole I am committed. I will shop around for some deals to see if that sways me.


Twinnie1272940192.6676134 PostsRegistered 2/10/2008MA

I have black knobs on oak cabinets to go w/appliances.

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bubbles31272945696.747737 PostsRegistered 2/9/2008

 We just re did our cabinets ,which were beautiful oak and brand new when we moved in . They had no pulls or knobs .I think pulls were in then out and now seem to be being used again. We changed the hinges that had been shiney gold in their day and put silver on . We also bought really nice brushed stainless pulls which came in contractors packs of ten and buying them this way at lowes saved some $$$. Cabinets were painted a light cream but no yellow in it. Makes the kitchen look so much brighter and a little bigger . I usually am so against painting wood but was just so sick of looking at them and since they were in such good shape could not justify wasting alot of $ on new ones .

beckyblu1273011194.791267 PostsRegistered 6/18/2009

We remodeled our kitchen a year ago. Hickory cabinets and dark rustic pull knobs. They don't move up and down like a pull does though. They are stationary pulls. I love them. They really set off my cabinets. Then on the pantry I put the same pull knobs only long ways and I got them in a 12 inch matching. looks great. We are almost finished with our bathroom and going to put round copper knobs in there. It should look cool I hope!!!!


LovemyBE1273012159.92325588 PostsRegistered 7/11/2008

mk1...We have smalls knobs on our cabinets. I think about 32 of them. I bought all the knobs and put them on myself. I'm not sure if they make a temp plate as I didn't use one. I just drilled a small hole & put them on myself. Our cabinets are raised panel so I put them on in a certain area of the cabinet which was really easy to make sure it was straight. I don't think I could have done it without some sort of temp plate if my cabinets were flat. I did alot of studying of home decor magazines & websites first so I knew what exactly I needed...and I probably studied various knob pulls for a good six months first. You can go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy just one knob. I bought several different ones, one each, and came home & placed it up against the cabinet to see which one I liked, then returned the singles I didn't like. I did this years ago, so for all I know, Home Depot or Lowes might even put them on for you for a small fee.

Oh, I did the bathroom too..think there's 13 in there, but those are pulls vs knobs. pulls are alot harder to put on. Atleast the pulls I got, because it takes two holes/screws per pull vs one per knob.

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Doopsie1273012339.697644 PostsRegistered 11/20/2004Ohio

We have none.  And then my husband built a "Butler's Pantry" (basically cabinets with glass doors, a counter top, and cabinets below).  We decided not to put knobs on those doors either.  I have a friend who acted personally offended because we did have knobs on our cabinet doors!  {#emotions_dlg.laugh}  She kept TELLING me that I HAD to have them, because all the home remodeling shows on tv show cabinets with knobs.

Anyway, we still don't have 'em.  {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

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lyn601273027693.61766 PostsRegistered 11/19/2007

mk1, I love the hardware its lke jewerly for the kitchen or bath. lol  Lowes sells a template .  I understand your fear of putting holes in your cabinet.  Don't forget about color if your hinges are exposed . Have fun decorating. let all of know.

Lorilyn1273028709.323228 PostsRegistered 11/3/2008

We just had granite countertops installed and we added knobs to our cabinets and am so glad that we did! We have just medium oak cabinets but what a difference the knobs make! We did a brown bronzey color that we found at Home depot. Now I am going to do the bathrooms in a brushed nickel.

mk11273035887.64167 PostsRegistered 7/30/2009

The hinges are hidden which is good for me.

I think I would be able to install knobs better since there is only one hole is needed.

I have  antiqued brass/gold light fixture and door knobs. it is not the shiny brass/gold color. It is a mutted warmer color and could work with bronze colors. I think it is warm and looks good with the rest of my decor. I will probaly choose an antiqued gold color

Any suggestions on the size of the knob? 

Illinois J­udy1273039757.6371748 PostsRegistered 11/7/2007

Our home is only a little over two years old and we don't have pulls but I am seriously considering putting them on.  I'm killing my fingers opening the drawers, especially the ones for pots and pans under the cooktop.  I don't have as much problem with the cupboard doors though.   When we gutted out old kitchen in our other house and installed new maple cabinets, we did have pulls put on.

kivah1273040465.983901 PostsRegistered 7/21/2008oxnard, CA

Go to Costco.com & search for hardware for cabinets. A few months ago, I bought several sets of the bronze pulls & knobs thru Costco. Pulls were put on my kitchen cabinets & knobs on the drawers.

The satin pulls & knobs went on my cabinets in my 3 bathrooms. They are all brass. My roomie put them on & I love the look. So handy to open & close --- don't have to touch my oak cabinets - which get grimy from handling. Cabinets look finished. Great Buy!!!!!

dmqshopper1273041572.1371533 PostsRegistered 7/18/2009

I have knobs on the doors and pulls on the drawers.  My kitchen has stainless steel appliances, so my hardware is brushed nickel; with oak cabinets. Almost a year since kitchen was redone.  I think the hardware dresses it up.

Shelbelle1273063075.6536487 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Knobs on drawers, pulls on cabinets.

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