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Rental-friendly Drawer Hardware

Hey hey!

Before we begin, I challenge you to a tongue twister. Say "rental-friendly drawer hardware" 5 times fast.

Listen, I can't even say it once. So you can thank me later for giving your brain a little exercise for the day. Mine's still hurting.

Under our combined experiences, my husband and I have 8 years of rental experience. We've never owned our own space. And while we wait patiently and impatiently for the best time to purchase our own cozy keep, we are stacking up knowledge along the way. Specifically for me, I'm learning how to improve a place not only on a budget but on the rope of someone else's authority. And that's where I'm at today.

Our rental kitchen hardware was brass on brass on brass. And I ain't talkin' about the new trendy brass styles that are going on today. I'm talking about brass that's, like, not trendy. And un-paintable because of its odd curvature. And therefore unspraypaintable. Go ahead and congratulate me. I'm bringing out all the big words today.

Unfortunately, The Cozy Keep began it's journey long after we removed all the brass hardware, so you won't receive the lovely pleasure of viewing the before pictures today. Lo siento. (Sorry, champs.) But in other, happier news, this DIY is easy to do, inxpensive, and removable if needed. So let's get going!

First, gather supplies.

You'll need: - 1 drill (both to remove unnecessary hardware and to install new hardware, depending on your drawer pulls) - knobs/drawer pulls, etc (# varies depending on your drawers). - We bought these for $0.98 - Wood stain - This is to stain the wooden knobs your preferential shade. We went for the dark walnut, found here. Btw, the link only shows the price for a minimum quart size. You don't need a quart. Just buy the smallest portion of stain and you'll be fine. - staining pad - to apply the wood stain and soak up any excess stain

You'll need:

- 1 drill (both to remove unnecessary hardware and to install new hardware, depending on your drawer pulls)

- knobs/drawer pulls, etc (# varies depending on your drawers). - We bought these for $0.98

- Wood stain - This is to stain the wooden knobs your preferential shade. We went for the dark walnut, found here. Btw, the link only shows the price for a minimum quart size. You don't need a quart. Just buy the smallest portion of stain and you'll be fine.

- staining pad - to apply the wood stain and soak up any excess stain

Now, on to the process. I did it, so you definitely can do it. :)

You want to begin by staining the drawer pulls and setting them aside to dry. This will give you prep time to take care of drilling holes (if needed) in the drawers, and/or removing previous hardware to make room for your new hardware. Note: your hands will most likely get messy, as the curves and the petite size make it difficult to not touch the wet stain. If you don't like getting dirty, you may want to wear some gloves. I didn't wear gloves, and when I washed my hands, it wiped right off!

As time passes, you can decide if you want to apply a second coat or not. One coat will allow more of the wood grain to come through, whereas two will cover the wood grain almost completely. Decide what look you're going for and apply as necessary.

While you're waiting on the stain to dry, prep the holes in the drawers. If your previous hardware used smaller screws, you may need to use a drill bit to make room for the new screws. If they're the same size, then Lord Almighty your day just got better!

This particular pack of hardware comes with 2 different size screws, so use the size that will fit the length of your drawers.

This particular pack of hardware comes with 2 different size screws, so use the size that will fit the length of your drawers.

And before you writhe in disgust due to the horrifying nature of the inside of these drawers, please note that one project a day is enough for me. Don't hate, appreciate!

Finally, screw in your new knobs to their appropriate new homes and enjoy your handiwork! 

In the middle of our white kitchen, I appreciate the small, walnut-stained touches that bring out some warmth and welcome. And yeah, I occasionally throw in more wood tones and perky mandates like "Eat more pie" to really finish it all off. Because pie cures all ailments. Right? 

In the coming weeks, I'll be sharing another wood-staining project that I plan on giving a go at our church. In the meantime, what have you tried in your own rental kitchen to gather a little more vitality and warmth? I'd love to know! Leave a comment and share below! And also, have an awesome week!

-Alli, TCK