Bathroom Cabinet Improvement?

This cabinet in our main bathroom has a little bit of a history, which I plan on going into detail about when I do the sixth installment of the Remodeling Series.

Which I am going to do. Honestly. I just keep waiting for the last thing to be done in the master bath…

Which I shouldn’t wait for, really. I mean, we’ve lived with it for a year and a half as it is and though it’s not very nice to look at, we just don’t really see it anymore (does this ever happen to anyone else? It’s like, “wow, it’s really been _____ number of months – or years!- and we still haven’t finished that?”). My eye just focuses on all the things that are done, and, well…years do go by.

But I don’t want anyone else to see it, even if we don’t.

Don’t even expect me to try and explain that one.

And notice how I’m skillfully avoiding even mentioning the thing we didn’t finish, but that isn’t pretty to look at? You’ll have to stay tuned for the oft-mentioned bathroom remodeling post to see if I even mention it then. :-)

In the meantime, we’ve have this cabinet for your perusal in the main bath that has bugged me from the time it was finished – a year and a half ago. I painted it creamy white, which I love- that’s not it. I added the carved wood decoration , which I’m OK with, so that’s not it.

It’s the glass handles.

Which is really weird, because I LOVE glass handles and have them everywhere else in our house and am perfectly happy with them.

But this room is periwinkle and black and I’ve just always felt the handles needed to be dark. But I didn’t want stark black against the white, and I didn’t want bronze because there is no bronze anywhere and I didn’t want silver because, well, that’s not dark either.

Do you know how hard it is to find handles that would fit my criteria? Since it’s been a year and a half, I’m sure you can guess. Oh. And they couldn’t be expensive, either. Joy.

I had been looking at dark pewter handles, but they’ve all been expensive or ugly. Sorry, probably not ugly to everyone. I guess I should just say, not my style.

So I was pretty stoked when I was at Target last week and found pewter handles and knobs on clearance for a little over $3 each that I actually liked! Still not the cheapest things around, but not $5 either.

So, I finally put them on today (wouldn’t you know, the screws weren’t long enough and I had to get to the hardware store…) and, guess what?

I’m not sure about them. I know. This is really pathetic. What do you think?

Here’s what I’m wondering:

I actually love the handles, but the knobs are three times the size of the handle rosettes- is it strange-looking?

Do the silver hinges go with the dark knobs? Although, you really don’t notice them that much because you are usually standing in the bathroom, not squatting in the door like I was to get the pictures.

Are the glass ones better and I’m just wrong in thinking they’d look better dark? This one is hard, because I haven’t shown you the rest of the room with the huge black and white toile shower curtain, but I’d love your thoughts, anyway.

So tell me, glass or “antique” pewter- which would you choose?


This post is linked to DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land.




  1. says

    The thing about the glass knobs is they’re very “girly”…if you’re trying to get a look that will satisfy both male and female I would stick with the dark ones. I would agree about getting matching hinges. You could do an oil rub on the design of the “faux drawer” too!

  2. Anonymous says

    I agree if you keep the dark ones you need to change the hinges to match. Wal-mart has metal spray I use every year for my garden furniture. Maybe you could spray them and not spend any more money than a can of spray paint. I would also shade the center faux drawer with the raised pattern to make it pop more. Maybe shadow around the edges with gray. It will look great in the long run!

  3. says

    I agree with everyone else. The glass knobs are more girlie I guess, and the darker handles seem to anchor the cabinet but the hinges need to match. I like the idea of spraying them! Way easier and cheaper. And I don’t think the knobs aren’t too big at all. Good find on the knobs! and good luck with finishing your other projects, we all have a long list just like you, so don’t worry!

  4. Anonymous says

    I am agree with everyone else, the glass are more “girlie”. I would keep the dark. I like the idea of making the hinges match. And if it was my cabinet I would make the scroll on the fake drawer “pop” also.

  5. Anonymous says

    I’ve lived in the same house for 27 years and don’t plan to move in the near future. And if you don’t plan to move … you can decorate however you want!

    I agree with everyone else that the scroll needs something done. Otherwise … do what works for you!

  6. Anonymous says

    Maybe I’m too picky, but I think the glass are too light and the dark are too dark. I think I would like wood that would tie in the counter top, however I know that’s not your style. If I had to chose between the two, definately the dark. I would also spray the hinges to match, and I love the other suggestions of giving the decal on the drawer some pizzaz.

  7. Jenelle says

    You have given me a great idea! Simce I’m decorationally challanged, I could start a blog and let my readers decide how to decorate my house! Hmmmmm

    And I agree with the others about the darker handles.

  8. says

    Wow, this is great, guys- thanks! I will definitely do the hinges, then and keep the dark. I’ve got some faux spray I’ve used before that I think will work and won’t be too much trouble.

    And I never even thought about the raised wood piece! You’ve given me some great ideas to ponder. :-)

    And the longer the dark handles are up, the more I’m liking them, too.

  9. says

    Okay, so I’m arriving a little late to the party.
    But I agree with most everybody here – I prefer the dark, the hinges should match, and DEFINITELY darken the scroll work. 😀

  10. Anonymous says

    Why did you spend all that money on new handles? I would have been way cheaper to go to the craft store and get some glass paint. It comes in many colors and you could get exactly what you want by mixing colors, multiple layers, ect. It is really fun to make pictures with the left over paint for a unique window picture on plain glass for a faux stained glass look. Even the kids love doing their own,.

  11. says

    Susan- Thanks so much for letting me know you’re enjoying visiting. I’m so glad to know you’ve found something you like here!

    Youthful- You can join anytime! Glad you did. And it looks like I should do something with the scroll work, huh? :-)

    Anon- That’s a good idea, too. I had already decided to sell the glass ones on ebay (if I kept the dark ones)to pay for the new ones. It was quicker for me this way.

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