So… my thought on kitchen knobs was just to get a pack of 30 of some sort of brushed metal and I’d be done with it.
DH wants a little more excitement in our kitchen. We have that nice dark blue going around the backsplash. Why don’t we try to highlight that with kitchen knob accents? And shelf liner. We won’t go quite as matchy-matchy as the green gingham that came before, but things will tie together.
None of the home stores in town had anything in the right color (even the knob store– it had exactly zero ceramic knobs, but if we wanted fancy $10 and up knobs made out of glass or metal, they had us covered)(Why do we have a knob store?!?). So we went to home depot and ordered all their dark blue knobs.
…so… many…knobs (and just a little of the blue trim we’re trying to accent up top)
Unfortunately, on closer inspection, some of the white bits were too yellowy for the white in our cabinet.
Sadly, I’d liked this one enough to take it out of the packaging before realizing the whites clashed.
So we got rid of the knobs where the blue was too light or the white was too yellow. That left us with the following 5 knobs.
Here they are separated out into flowery ones that go well with one of our prospective shelf liner papers and less flowery ones on a backdrop of our current prospective shelf liner papers (note that we accidentally ordered the adhesive samples for two of these– we’re waiting to get the two different kinds of non-adhesive samples in the mail). (Comments on non-adhesive shelf liner paper also welcome.) (Update: Comments on non-adhesive shelf liner are MORE than welcome because when we finally got the “fabric” sample, it turned out to also be adhesive and the “matte paper” had no backing AND the two samples we got were really washed out, which bodes poorly for getting an entire kitchen’s worth.)
Not so flowery knobs (technically the one in the middle has flowers, but they’re white flowers, not blue)
At this point you may have noticed that one of these knobs is not like the others. That’s because one of the knobs came from a company called “liberty hardware” and the rest come from a company called “mascot hardware”. The only liberty hardware knob is that all blue knob (shown next to a green gingham knob on our most used cabinet and out of the bag in the not so flower knobs picture).
Unfortunately for us, and something we didn’t know before ordering, mascot hardware knobs are different than the knobs we currently have. Instead of the short screw coming in from the back, a super long screw comes in from the front. Also the diameter of the screws on the mascot hardware knobs is bigger than those of the liberty hardware knobs. Which means that we will have to drill the holes to be bigger if we go with mascot hardware, but will be able to just screw in liberty hardware knobs.
Here is what a disassembled mascot knob looks like compared to one of our current gingham knobs. So long! So thick! So complicated! [Insert risque boyfriend joke here.]
DH said he was willing to drill holes bigger and cut screws shorter. But there are a LOT of knobs, and those holes would have to get filled in if anybody wanted to replace the knobs with the kind that use smaller screws. Still, it might be worth it if any of the mascot knobs are great.
I spent some time on the liberty hardware site to see if they had any other blue knobs. We saw one that we liked enough to order and added that to our pile.
The metal one on the right.
Sadly, not only was this one more expensive, DH less enthusiastic about it, but it also had a pointy bit stationed just so to prick unwary fingers trying to open a cabinet. We could sand those down, but we shouldn’t have to. (DH says the pointy bit turned out to be glue. It was still hard enough to break skin on my finger!)
None of these knobs sing to me. None of them upset me. I do not care enough to even justify the time I have spent on this already.
If we were to try another knob, I would order this pewter leave and vine from Liberty Hardware, but it does not have a pop of color, and we might as well be spending less money on boring brushed nickel knobs that go with the appliances. Plus it looked like it would be a couple weeks before a reasonably priced one could get to us in the mail and I kind of just want this to be done. (And some part of my brain vaguely remembers that pewter might be contaminated with lead which isn’t something you want on your fingers in a kitchen).
One of our friends suggested we photoshop what the kitchen would look like with that all-blue liberty hardware knob, and here’s what that looks like (obviously we have more cabinets and drawers elsewhere in the kitchen).
I am especially impressed with how DH got the sizes right. I find the shadows amusing for some reason.
As much as I would like to tell DH that he just needs to decide and I need to stop looking at knobs, I did say that I would see what the Grumpy Nation had to say before I forced him to pull a trigger.
AND we are back at square one with shelf liner. I want non-adhesive shelf liner that has backing so it actually lies flat. We currently have extremely high quality green gingham checkered liner from the previous owners that no longer goes with our de-ginghamed kitchen (though it does go with those green and white knobs). We had been leaning towards the blue, but the “fabric” isn’t actually fabric and is adhesive and the matte doesn’t have any backing so this company is just a non-starter. That roll of grey we have is something we picked up at Walmart as a possibility and to, at the very least, line the our new cupboard where the ice maker used to be– DH thinks it is fine but isn’t in love with it; he finds it inoffensive. DH didn’t like my suggestion to just keep the gingham liner until he found something he loves– it is a negative. But also he doesn’t like the grey stuff we already got enough to spend a huge amount of money on it. And switching from green gingham to blue didn’t to over well either.
What do you think Grumpy Nation? Have any strong feelings about our kitchen knobs or shelf liner? Any other non-adhesive shelf liners we should be looking at?