Help with replacing kitchen Cabinet hardware, see photos

by Chris
I want to update the hardware on my kitchen cabinets, but the old hardware has left a outline or shadow where the faceplates are. Looking for suggestions. My cabinets are 1980’s oak, and in great condition. I do not want to paint them if I can come up with a better solution. See the pictures of the cabnets and hardware.
  7 answers
  • Geew Geew on Mar 13, 2018

    Did you try wiping the doors down with a wood oil after taking off the handles to try balancing the wood colors?

    You can always speak to a wood specialist(Lowes-HomeDepot), even a cabinet maker on the best remedy to even the color of the wood?

    Unless you find antique pulls with face plates, my experience with current cabinet handles offered, only come streamlined contemporary styles with the plate in the back.

    Good Luck!

  • Imjhale Imjhale on Mar 13, 2018

    Try going over them with vinegar and Magic Eraser. It might work but they may remain glossy behind the hardware you removed. Good luck!

  • William William on Mar 13, 2018

    Original finish under the face plates while everything else got lightened from time. Use Murphy's Oil Soap to clean the cabinet stile. Then use Old English Lemon Oil in a medium wood tone.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Mar 13, 2018

    HI Chris,

    What you are seeing looks like the original finish on the doors. The rest of the doors have faded over time. I don't know for sure if this will work, but you might try using Liquid Gold on the entire cabinet surface to see if the faded part will return to it's original color. If that doesn't work and you don't want to paint your cupboards, you can try lightly sanding the dark part with 0000 steel wool to see if you blend the edges so it's not so noticeable. If that doesn't work, you could refinish the wood cupboards - or leave the handles there. I personally have never run into this issue so my suggestions are basically thoughts that I would try. Wishing you the best.

  • Vrohde Vrohde on Mar 13, 2018

    There are spray paints out there at Walmart, Home Depot in metallic colors also, copper, gold, silver oiled bronze. It is an easy fix and works. I have done it on my cabinets and a rental I have. Just remove hardware and spray and viola new looking kitchen hardware. Good luck I hope this helps you.

    • Chris Chris on Mar 13, 2018

      Can I ask how you cleaned the hardware before you painted?

  • Vrohde Vrohde on Mar 15, 2018

    I just scrub them down with soap and water. Let dry and spray away. Best of luck it sure worked for me. Can't tell they were painted

  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Mar 16, 2018

    I spray painted my cabinet pulls also. Used a beautiful Rustoleum bronze...gorgeous. Doing my next project with the Copper...YAHOOO !!!