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Cabinet Creativity: A study in change

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” -Mary Lou Cook

So many of our customers are looking for ways to improve their homes and save money at the same time. To make the investment in your kitchen cost-effective, you can replace the hardware that’s currently on your cabinets at a fraction of the price it costs to rip apart your entire kitchen and replace all of those doors, frames, and shelves. Your kitchen can look new and intriguing even if you don’t have the time or the funds to completely remodel that entire room. Here are five tips to help make your decision a little easier:

Old antique hardware is great for country-style homes.
Old antique hardware is great for country-style homes.

1. Match your hardware to the decor of your home. Do you have a country-style home or another traditional style? Consider some of the hardware from our signature line; our top ten selling items are good examples to start with. Do you have a contemporary kitchen or bathroom? Consider some contemporary polished chrome or stainless steel hardware!

2. Change the color of your cabinet hardware to look best with your appliances and fixtures. Is that old polished chrome stove out of place and lonely in your kitchen? Consider one of the new polished chrome appliance pulls coming to our line in early 2009, or some stainless steel bar pulls to bring a little pop to that stainless steel sink.

A brushed finish may be better than polished for the bathroom environment.
A brushed finish may be better than polished for the bathroom environment.

3. Change the finish of your cabinet hardware. Some of those colors may have become faded or dulled over the years from so much use. Bathroom hardware can become especially dull to the constant exposure to heat, steam, and cleaning products (which we DON’T recommend). Consider updating your bathroom to a brushed finish or something using acrylic, glass, or crystal which can stand up to that demanding environment.

4. Change the style of hardware that you use on your cabinets. Perhaps you just moved into a new home that expands your living space with your expanding family. With small fingers around, maybe you should consider the safety of a secure latch on cabinet doors. If you’d rather have something just to grab onto, consider a high-quality solid brass pull, or a knob for that decorative accent.

This is the only kind of bug you want to see in YOUR kitchen!
This is the only kind of bug you want to see in YOUR kitchen!

5. Change the material of the hardware on your cabinets. Prefer a bit more rustic look? Our stone and marble hardware lines provide an outdoor feeling and natural material, bringing the countryside right inside (except for those pesky bugs!). These are great for outdoor kitchens or patios: natural materials are less susceptible to environmental conditions than other hardware. If you’ve been suffering with cheap hardware that’s not up to snuff, consider upgrading to solid brass or stainless steel.

So go out there and make some new design choices. Bring a little fun into your kitchen, break some rules, and above all, have fun!

Featured product line: Latches

This week, the Cliffside blog focuses on one of our more popular hardware lines: our latches. We offer two styles of latches to suit any designers’ style.
Ice box cupboard latch available soon in antique brass!
Ice box cupboard latch available soon in antique brass!

The Ice Box Cupboard Latch, or IBCL, is a recent addition to our product line, and is offered in seven vibrant finishes. These pieces are relatively unique throughout the kitchen and bath industry, and are often hard to find or require a long lead time. Cliffside, however, has these items in stock and ready to ship as part of our signature hardware line. The available finishes currently include silver satin, polished nickel, old antique, polished chrome, polished brass, flat black, and old copper, with three new finishes to come with our new product lines arriving in early 2009.

With six holes aligned along the sides of the cast-brass surface, the Ice Box Latch is easy to install, is practical to use, and Cliffside offers the lowest prices in the hardware industry on products of this type! The design of the latch is inspired by the traditional ice box door handle and is secured to the door frame by a simple solid brass catch with a matching finish. Each latch also comes with matching screws. The thumb pull has an exceptionally smooth mechanism aided by a high-quality spring hidden inside the cast frame. This is a distinctively unique piece of hardware that adds a professional look to any door.

Solid brass cupboard latch in polished nickel coming soon!
Solid brass cupboard latch in polished nickel coming soon!

The Solid Brass Cupboard Latch, or SBCL, has been part of the Cliffside line for several years, but is nearly as popular as the new IBCL. This turn-style latch is sleek and stylish with a rounded knob and solid construction. It is currently available in five finishes, including polished chrome, flat black, polished brass, old antique, and silver satin. Five more finishes are coming soon, including Venetian bronze, old copper, iron, antique brass, and polished nickel.

Though this particular style of latch is much more common in the hardware industry than the ice box latch, Cliffside’s solid brass latch is priced competitively within the industry, offered at more than 30% off the comparable items sold by our competitors. This traditional-style latch is also an excellent way to keep your doors secured. Whereas a standard knob or pull is only used to open a door, latches keep your doors closed tightly, your belongings away from prying eyes.

Ice Box Latches - current and new!
Ice Box Latches - current and new!

The IBCL is 1⅞” by 1½”, while the SBCL is 2″ by 1⅞”. Both are made from cast solid brass and are warrantied by the same policy that covers all Cliffside hardware (see our FAQ for more details). If you have any questions or are interested in ordering either of these pieces, please contact customer service!

Cliffside’s Top Ten Finishes

As part of our upcoming “Best Sellers” promotion, today we bring you the second half of our top ten list – Cliffside Industries’ top 10 finishes. Enjoy!
Silver satin finish
Silver satin finish

Silver Satin

Far and away Cliffside’s most popular-selling finish, this brushed finish matches well with any stainless steel or brushed nickel hardware. Silver Satin is both bold in presentation and delicate in color.
Old antique finish
Old antique finish

Old Antique

A very popular hinge finish, Old Antique is Cliffside’s name for the industry standard “oil-rubbed bronze.” Our OA finish is a rich chocolate brown color and looks great in any traditional kitchen.
Antique brass finish
Antique brass finish

The second brushed finish featured in this blog, our Antique Brass is a rich golden color with dark detailing. Our Antique Brass finish is well-suited to any traditional furniture, especially in darker woods. Continue reading

Cliffside’s Top Ten List

For our inaugural blog entry, Cliffside Industries is proud to present our top ten hardware styles. This list encompasses some of our most popular knobs, hinges, and pulls. Enjoy!
100 series knob
100 series knob

1. 100 series knobs

True to its roots, the 100-series knob has remained the same since Cliffside’s founding in 1987. Featuring an elegantly tapered stem and a pristine flat face, this hardware will lend a classic look to your kitchen or bath. There are also backplates available in a few select finishes to match this particular knob.

Important facts:

The diameter of the 100 series knob is 1¼” at the widest point and ¾” at the base. It is also approximately 1⅛” tall. This is the first knob that Cliffside Industries marketed and sold. It is available in all of our top 10 finishes, as well as several others.

BH2A series hinge
BH2A series hinge
2. BH2A series hinges

Unlike many of our competitors, Cliffside’s hinges are and have always been manufactured from high quality solid brass. These hinges are also adjustable and are made with 6 countersunk screw holes (4 have adjustment space). The BH2A is the top seller in our hinge line by far, topped with our signature decorative finial, though a few selected finishes are available without the finial as well.

Important facts:

All of our hinges are extruded brass, meaning that they are pushed through a die and cut individually rather than stamped from a sheet of metal. Copper, a main component of brass, often requires temperatures in excess of 1100°F to extrude. The benefits of extruded brass are great, reducing squeaking and wear on the metal and providing increased durability. The plate face of the hinge is 2 inches in length, while the barrel is 2¾” inches long. Continue reading