Saving Money on “Details”

I am obsessed with Restoration Hardware.

I am obsessed with window shopping at Restoration Hardware.

I browse the website and I get all these big ideas and then I say out-loud to nobody in particular “WHO CAN AFFORD THIS?”

Case in point… my obsession with the “Aubrey” pull.  It’s glorious in it’s simplicity.  Not over thought or whatever the drawer pull equivalent to “serif” may be… I am a sans serif kind of girl both in font and drawer pulls it seems.  But apparently, simplicity does not come cheap.  The 4 inch satin nickel variety of the Aubrey is $11 a pop.  And I needed 23 of them.  That ends up costing over $250 just for cabinet pulls.  That’s not going to cut it.

So I went to Google and eventually, I ended up here at Ideal True Value webstore.  The picture they included isn’t the best.  You can tell it has sharper lines than the Aubrey and I was immediately drawn to them.  It’s even cooler in my book.  And their listed price… $1.44 per pull.  $9.56 less per pull than it’d cost at restoration hardware.  So I ordered 23 of them and paid the $8.99 in shipping and handling.  That brought the final cost per up to $1.83.  Still a whole $9.17 less than the fancy ones.  They came within 3 days.  Heaven.

So how do they look?

Kitchen Cabinet Pulls

$1.83/pp Kitchen Cabinet Pulls

The answer?  Glorious.


So here’s where we stand on that checklist of ours:

  • Prime, paint, and seal the cabinets. (we opted to not seal)
  • Buy new hardware and add it to the cabinets (duh)
  • Paint the walls and ceiling
  • Re-do the countertop (either paint or re-laminate)
  • Replace the floor
  • Finally finish installing the big light
  • Replace the under cabinet light
  • Find a permanent solution for the trash and recycle bins (on our way!)
  • Make the upper corner shelf open shelving (just have to add the shelves back in – more on that later)
  • Possibly replace the above-window light
  • Add some sort of curtains to the window and the door
  • Strip and repair the doors to the outside and to the basement
  • Paint the doors to the outside and the basement
  • Bright high glass white paint on the trim
  • Create a family command center on the big open wall that includes a calendar, mail center, meal planner, and anything else we may find useful.
  • Decorate.
  • Enjoy.

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