In Search of New Drawer and Cabinet Knobs

Kitchen Diary: Emily in Los Angeles

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Remember the spice drawers I showed you last week? Well, I yanked one of them out too quickly and as it crashed to the floor, the plastic knob broke. I have been itching to replace all the kitchen drawer and cabinet knobs since we moved in three years ago, so now seems like the perfect opportunity. But as I consider how much to spend on a rental kitchen, I'm having a hard time deciding what to do.

Our 1929 rental kitchen has 19 drawer and cabinet knobs, all white plastic. I have never liked the look or feel, so I can't say I was too devastated when this one broke. (My partner Gregory did attempt to super glue it back on but he neglected to mention this to me, I reached for the drawer, hilarity ensued...)

In one scenario I would replace the knobs with vintage crystal or glass to match the ones on the built-in cabinet in our dining room. Unfortunately, the price tag on vintage is a bit high for my renter's budget. And maybe 19 knobs of sparkling crystal would be ridiculous, anyway.

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I am leaning towards white ceramic or perhaps milk glass, which is clean and classic and relatively affordable. But then I wonder if white hardware in a white kitchen is too boring. Should we try color? Polished nickel to match the cabinet hinges? Decisions, decisions!

What would you do? How much would you spend to spruce up a rental kitchen?

(Image credits: Emily Ho; Kennedy Hardware)