Replacing anything in your kitchen seems to be crazily expensive.
As you may recall, we decided to replace the cabinet pulls — all 25 of them — and were “lucky” to find them for $5. Ouch. Some coupons helped defray the cost there, but I still felt like putting a Band-Aid on the wallet.
Of course, now that we had silver-ish pulls, the gold hinges were not going to cut it. And so I counted up, only to find that we had 42 (!) to replace. In my naivete, I expected them to be slightly more expensive than, say, screws. Maybe 50 cents or so a pop.
So you can imagine my horror to discover that even basic hinges go for $1.50 or more. I could buy a 10-pack for about $12.50 at Lowe’s. After sales tax, that was nearly $60 for 42 hinges!
My options to lower the costs were:
1. Discounted gift cards: You can save 7% through Cardpool or Plastic Jungle. But that’s still over $55.
2. eBay: I found a 50-pack for $30 plus $7 shipping. Definitely better than $60, but still more than I wanted to spend.
So I came up with a 3rd option: spray paint.
Tim was skeptical, but I did some searches on the Internet and found it’s pretty easy. The key is to only spray when the hinges are put together. Otherwise, you can gum up the inner workings and the hinge won’t open and close correctly.
Tim still thought it was dubious at best, but I pointed out that risking $6 was well worth it if we could save $30-50. That brought him around to my point of view. Or he decided to humor me. Either way, he told me to go for it.
I picked up some Rustoleum Metallic at Home Depot. I was hoping to use a Michael’s or Joann’s coupon to get 40% off, but that didn’t work out.
Luckily, our hinges were in good shape, so I didn’t need to take them apart and clean them. (One piece I read suggested boiling off old paint by throwing all the hinges into a big pot. Labor saving, for sure.) So I set them out and sprayed.
It wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. There are a lot of angles you have to get. But I’m very happy with how they turned out. They have a slightly sparkly finish up close, and they look like a brushed satin finish from a distance.
They’re not picture perfect, but they look good enough to satisfy me. And how closely do people study hinges, exactly? Not enough to justify $40-60.
Here are a couple shots (complete with cabinet pulls):
|From October 15, 2011|
|From October 15, 2011|