Friday, November 1, 2013

Small Changes

Sometimes it's tiny changes that only you notice that make you the happiest.  Enter our mix and match Target furniture.

We bought this when we moved to Oklahoma.  Our house in Baton Rouge had a built in entertainment center.  No, the pieces don't match.  Well, the bookshelves are a matching pair.  But the center piece we bought separately when we upgraded to a flat screen.  It blends well enough of course, and the knobs are all oil-rubbed bronze (or the Target version of ORB).

As you can see, we've got round knobs and oval knobs.  They were perfectly fine.  Nothing wrong with them.  And frankly, nothing anyone noticed.... except me.

Enter the website House of Antique Hardware.  We've got mismatched door knobs throughout the house and I've been looking online at various places for options to either match the original knobs (brass and slightly squashed rounded shape) or new options for the whole house.  I've also been looking for a new knob for our front door.... but the front door is another post!

While browsing the site, I saw these bad boys on sale.  Don't let the enlarged picture fool you, they are cabinet pulls and the size was perfect.  So I added 4 of them to my cart and went on my merry way.

I had actually forgotten that I bought them for a while.  At the same time I was doing some Christmas shopping, ordering hardware for the pantry project and new stuff for Caroline's room.  My brain was swimming with different design projects.  And the joke at my office when the UPS guy pulls up is "What did you order now?"  My response is typically, "I don't remember."

But when this package came in, the first thing I noticed is the weight.  These bad boys are solid!  I am truly impressed with the quality.  Cabinet pulls and hardware is not something I buy all the time, so frankly, I didn't know what to expect.  But when I opened them up, they were just beautiful, and so much more shiny than the picture showed.

I grabbed my camera and snapped a couple of before pictures.  Then I lowered my pre-surgery crippled self to the floor and started swapping these out.  I had to make sure I went back and wiped off my fingerprints because did I mention these gems are shiny?  I was so happy with how they look.

Then I started attempting the after pictures.  They are so shiny, they look like mirrors in the picture and you can't actually see the brass color.

Naturally, when I asked T if he noticed anything different when he got home, he did not.  And that's ok.  I love them.  And it was a simple $20 change to the house that I think make a nice difference.  And it makes my cheap-o furniture look a little nicer.  (It also wouldn't hurt if it got a good cleaning, but I'll take that up with the housekeeper!).
And of course, you need the full size after shot too.  I know it's not really noticeable, but I can tell.  And frankly, that's all that matters!!

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