New hardware I think is MVP for making the biggest difference in a kitchen or piece of furniture in the least amount of time.
Changing out hardware is a go-to for me in rental kitchens/bathrooms, and also in furniture that needs an update! It has a huge impact on overall look.
Plus, I feel like hardware in rentals is something that’s often overlooked in the replacing/cleaning phases of tenant turnover, so there is sometimes a pretty major ick factor for me with rental hardware. Changing it out is so easy AND totally reversible (assuming you keep the old hardware).
Replacing the hardware in our rental was one of the first things we did. Not having to touch slightly sticky knobs while cooking has improved my kitchen enjoyment so much! Plus, new hardware always looks so fresh and clean.
BUT ALSO. Hardware can be expensive. It’s one of those things I shop for and think, cool, only $15 for a set of 2! And then by the time I calculate how many I would need, I am questioning everything about my life and if I’m even good at math.
So, if you’re looking for a quick and affordable hardware overhaul, here are some non-expensive (under $3 per piece) hardware options for you.
I am partial toward option 2, since it’s what I got for our kitchen. It looks so sleek and petite and modern and for $40 to do the whole kitchen and have some left over (that’s $1.60/knob!), it was a super affordable option.