If you thought the lighting questions were difficult, you have no idea. Seriously.
So as you know I have installed one upper cabinet, and will eventually be showing you a second. They each had their original latch. Which looks like this:
So clearly I am not going to change those out. Then, in an architectural salvage trip the other weekend, I stumbled on matching handles. They don't have the push-button thing (which is connected to a latch that holds the door closed), which is fine because I figured I would put them on the lower cabinet doors, which are of modern construction and don't require a latch (just a handle). Of course, being an idiot, I bought one. This was as many as I could imagine needing for the lower cabinets. (And now I can easily imagine needing two. And the salvage place is quite a ways from home.)
So, I still need hardware for my lower drawers. I have looked at, I don't know, conservative estimate - 10,000 drawer pulls now. Again, part of my difficulty is that I can't decide what I want. One avenue is to assume that I will put a handle in the above style on each of the lower-cabinet doors. Then I would need to get coordinating hardware for the lower-cabinet drawers. (With me so far?)
Turns out that it is not that easy to find pulls that in any way coordinate with the hardware I'm starting with. (And I don't generally like Art Deco anyway, which doesn't help.) But I have identified two candidates that may qualify - you tell me whether you agree. This bin pull has ridges:
But then again, it is $5.43 on Amazon. And I was trying to make an absolute cap of $5/pull; ideally $3 or $4. This pull is just $3.97 at Lowe's. It doesn't match as literally (no stripes), but it strikes me as compatible. What do you think?
At some point it occurred to me that my upper cabinets are/will be a different color and a different style than the lowers. I could do a different style for the lowers! People do this. (These people, for example.) Which in some ways solves a dilemma - I can consider some other things I like - but of course also creates a major dilemma: I can consider some other things I like. That's a lot of things.
For example, I am really partial to the antique pewter/antique silver look. For the lower cabinets, I could use these cup pulls ($33.99 for 10 at Overstock):
And these door knobs ($3.08 each here):
I also really, really like black. Not sure why; I just think it's lovely. So, for example, I could use these bin pulls (though they're $5.99 at Home Depot):
(There's a matching pull for $2.99.) And I have a soft spot for the wrought iron. So I could also go with these ($3.51 at the Hardware Hut):
And, let's see, for the doors ($3.72):
Honestly, I kind of adore antique brass. These are particularly awesome ($4.91 at Lowe's):
And I'd need door knobs ($4.07 at the Hardware Hut):
And of course anything that looks really antique catches my eye. I could use these for the doors and the drawers (vertical for doors, horizontal for drawers). They're $3.27 at Lowe's:
And as you know, I've been having a ridiculous soft spot for copper. So...these are nice ($3.91 at the Hardware Hut:
They sell matching knobs, but I prefer these ($1.69 on Amazon):
These aged-copper ones are nice too ($2.50 each on Amazon):
(And they have matching cabinet door knobs, $2.15 each.)
I think I need some help here.