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Want to change from brass knobs thru-out house on kitchen cabinets & built-ins in LR and DR.

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Kelly Last reply on Jun 11, 2015

My big problem is that I have brass door levers thru-out house, with 7 being entry doors - too expensive to replace. Can I mix metals or just stick to brass. All the knobs are Baldwin brass. (They weren't cheap! 45 knobs in kitchen & 16 in LR and DR) I want to update as we plan to sell soon. What to do?!!! Oh, I forgot that I have built-in cabinets & drawers in my BR. More knobs! Geez...

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  • Stacey B
    Stacey B Florence, KY
    on Feb 22, 2012

    We moved into this house with 20+ bright brass door knobs and all brass light fixtures. Although I very much dislike brass-it was certainly was not deal-breaker for us. Because of the cost however, we started sanding, priming and spray-painting all of our fixtures, room by room. With the right primer and paint-we have had no problems with the new color peeling (yet)!

  • Stacey B
    Stacey B Florence, KY
    on Feb 22, 2012

    Also-if you look on-line you can find replacement knobs/pulls that are about $1 each-may be worth the update to your cabinets! You would be AMAZED what a difference it can make.

  • Penny
    Penny Columbia, SC
    on Feb 22, 2012

    Nora, I enjoyed your video. I spent an hour online looking at the knobs that that company sells on their website and I think I may have found some knobs that would blend with the brass door levers. Like that lady (cabinet hardware specialist) in the video said, "Everything shouldn't be matchy-matchy, but should work well together." Stacey, thank you for your response and I'm glad to hear that it wasn't a deal breaker for you, because painting my door knobs would be quite a job with all the french doors, closet doors, etc.

  • Nora
    Nora Virginia Beach, VA
    on Feb 23, 2012

    Great; glad you're finding the answers you need, Penelope :)

  • Charlene S
    Charlene S Lawton, PA
    on Feb 23, 2012

    Penelope, a lot of the reason for using granite in newer or remodled homes is because people don't like the cost of corion..I would rethink that idea too.

  • Penny
    Penny Columbia, SC
    on Feb 23, 2012

    Thanks, Charlene... I'm beginning to. I hate that I've spent so much on this house (completely taken down to the studs 12 years ago), to have my countertops outdated by some standards. But I will be changing out my cabinet knobs. I appreciate your thoughts.

  • Charlene S
    Charlene S Lawton, PA
    on Feb 27, 2012

    Penelope, my thought is to update at the lowest cost for the biggest bang on your return! In my opinion, Corion is definately not outdated. Changing the knobs on the cabinets will definately give them a "newer" look! Painting, redoing the floors, & changing out the appliances are some of the other things that give a sale a big punch. Just wondering too about the lighting in your kitchen, does that need updating? Just a thought, but I wish you all the luck..let me know how you make out.

  • Nora
    Nora Virginia Beach, VA
    on Feb 28, 2012

    Penelope, why not post some photos of the existing kitchen--some overviews of the entire space and some close-ups of areas in question? That way we can give more specific advice.

  • L Gib
    L Gib Charlton, MA
    on Jan 27, 2015

    Self etching paint, available through auto paint supply stores, will provide a durable finish. It will be quite a task though, considering how many doors you have. Possibly concentrate on main living areas and leave the bedrooms as the are.

  • Kelly
    Kelly Blytheville, AR
    on Jun 11, 2015

    Spray paint is your best friend.

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