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Knobs, Hinges, Hardware, Oh My!

by Jessica Wormeck February 18, 2012

Nothing makes a home look older than loose, broken, outdated or dirty hardware. This is especially true in kitchens and bathrooms that tend to attract a homebuyer’s attention more than any other rooms in a house. The good thing is that it is easy and inexpensive to fix these problems. You will be amazed at what a difference a few simple changes can make!

Consider the following updates to brighten your home and give it a new, refreshed look:
- Cabinet Hardware: Repair loose knobs and pulls by tightening screws, replacing stripped screws, and plugging gaps with wood filler. Alternately, you may decide to replace knobs and pulls entirely. There is a wide variety of options to choose from in every price range, and from simple to ornate.
- Door Hinges: It’s common to find paint on door hinges, yet it’s an easy mistake to correct. Paint can be removed by washing it with hot, soapy water and scrubbing with a toothbrush. Afterward, use a paint stripper that is safe for all surfaces and then shine things up with brass polish.
- Door Knobs: Door knobs are everywhere in your home! Be sure that they are all tightly attached and sparkly clean to make a great impression. Use polish for brass knobs and warm water and dish soap for stainless steel and glass knobs.