Gold Hardware, Anyone?

12 Jun

So I had a mini-life crisis this weekend. Gold hardware, or no? #FirstWorldProblems. My biggest issue so far, is that I absolutely love the detailing of the brass fixtures that are available through the Martha Stewart Collection at Home Depot, and, much to my chagrin, they don’t make the same styles with the nickel or chrome finish. I’ve got Jekyll and Hyde going on right now. One second, it’ll add warmth, be different, go with your gut. The next second, brass – no way! It’ll stick out, too taste specific, you won’t like it, didn’t you just get done spray painting OVER gold (reminder here). Oye. Here is what our kitchen will look like with the current elements, including the brass. And ya know what, I like it.

Gold Hardware Kitchen

Kitchen Mood Board

That little honey bee knob from Martha. Oh my goodness, sweet mother of pearl. I just want to carry it around in my pocket and lick it. I think it would taste like honey, no. It sure looks like a big pot of wonderful honey. Too many honey references, I feel like I’m turning into Pooh. Oh bother. The entire Martha Stewart line can be found here, I love it since it’s totally affordable and pretty darn stylish too. I  have not been able to find anything close for both looks and price.

What say you? Do others have brass in their space? Do you like it, love it, want some more of it? Here are some of the inspiration pictures I found that have kept me thinking that brass might be the key to my heart.

Brass Hardware in White Kitchen

Brass Hardware in White Kitchen

Here is another kitchen that had me at hello.

Brass Hardware in White Kitchen

White Kitchen Brass Hardware

Doesn’t it just make the space look warmer? My only concern with the Martha Stewart line is that the brass is less aged than I would like. I prefer a really nice patina on brass, just that vintage, worn look. Her line has some patina on the knobs, but the pulls I’ve picked out are pretty shiny. Like grab your sunglasses cause we got some bling up in da house. In a quest to solve this problem myself, I looked into how you can age brass with the DIY route, which would work swimmingly, but alas, Martha’s got faux brass – not the real McCoy. For $1.98 each (yes, seriously) I guess you can’t really expect it to be brass though.

For all the hardware we will need for the kitchen reno, the price comes out to $75. Since the other hardware I wanted came out to $15 each (yowzers), $75 for all of it is pricey, but not over the top awful.

Martha Stewart Bedford Brass

Martha Stewart Hardware Pricing

The other option, is to play the safe route and go matchy matchy with some nickel. Here is what the kitchen would look like with the nickel options I like through good old Martha.

White Shaker Cabinets

Kitchen Inspiration

The upside of the Nickel option? It only cost $45, for all the hardware. Yeppers. In the world of kitchen renos, that is darn right cheap.

Pricing for Martha Stewart Hardware

Martha Stewart Hardware

Thoughts? These little details are definitely the hardest for me!


8 Responses to “Gold Hardware, Anyone?”

  1. Angel June 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Follow your heart, always! I agree the gold warms things up too… mood board B would need some warm colored accent towels or something.

    • Mary | Lemon Grove Blog June 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

      Gah! This is so hard!! I do like the gold inspiration pic, just wondering how it will look with the day to day. Ponder…

  2. michelle@decorandthedog June 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Ask me a year ago and I’d have told you “HECK NO” on the brass. But I’m really liking your inspiration photos. At least hardware isn’t a giant deal to change out if it’s not something you love after a couple of years!

    • Mary | Lemon Grove Blog June 12, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

      That is where I am stuck, too. Love the inspiration pics, but curious how it will look in our kitchen day to day. Devils in the details!

  3. Deb June 13, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    I personally like the nickel because it doesn’t stand out as much. Then add whatever else you want to draw attention to with color, such as flowers, art, towels, whatever. My second choice would be mixing the nickel and brass! I like it better than the shiny and “aged” brass together! It’s different and that’s cool!

    • Mary | Lemon Grove Blog June 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      Yeah – Jay is leaning toward the nickel, too. Plus, it’s less expensive, which always helps!

  4. Crystal @ 29 Rue House June 17, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    So you know I love the brass but I think the nickel would look great too. I think you’re first inspiration picture does a great job of showing how a kitchen would with the mixing of the metals (faucet nickel, hardware brass). Can’t wait to see what you choose!

    • Mary | Lemon Grove Blog June 19, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      It’s so hard to make a decision! 🙂 Leaning toward the nickel right now though …

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