When all the new handles and knobs came, I was very excited. Then I realized I was going to have to do some actual work, and became less excited, but only marginally so. The first step was removing all the narsty old tarnished and chipped brass fixtures. That was easy enough, but in most cases the old fixtures were disgusting enough to leave a green ring around the hole:
So (even MORE work for me, like WTF, am I some sort of laboring serf?) I had to give all the holes a swipe with some sandpaper and a touch up with some paint:
Then came the part where you screw in the new handles. When we were taking the old ones off, Ted was like, "Let's keep the screws." and I was like, "Jesus, could you BE any cheaper? New screws came with the new handles and knobs, for Christ's sake. For FREE!" Well, it turned out to be a good thing that we saved the screws because for some reason the drawers have an extra piece of wood on the inside, and the screws that came with the new hardware weren't long enough. So we needed the old ones. Ted got to be right (for once) and I said he could be King of the Kitchen, but just for the day. Lucky Ted!
Anyway, let's do some before and after, shall we? Here are the gross old knobs and handles:
Here are the beautiful new ones:
What's that? You can't really tell how much nicer it looks? Here's a closer example. Gross old knob:
Nice new one:
See? So much better. Next up? A new range hood. And a beverage fridge to replace the second range. Then I will have reached the limits of what I can do without the major surgery of replacing the countertop. But in the meantime, I can contemplate the loveliness of my new kitchen cabinet hardware:
Or I could get a life. You know, whichever.