Why You Should Not Paint Cabinet Hardware

Even if you really like your cabinet hardware, you can eventually grow a little tired of it. Or, if you’re refinishing or repainting your cabinets, you might want to freshen up the pulls and knobs. To save money, you may be tempted to paint the hardware instead of buying new. But it’s very likely that you’ll be unhappy with the finished product. Painting hardware isn’t easy, and there are many issues to overcome:

  • Shape: You may be a whiz at painting walls and even furniture, but hardware is typically curved — so it’s more difficult to reach all areas and coat them evenly. Hardware also doesn’t just stand straight up like a wall or table. You have to find some way to prop it up so paint doesn’t run, pool or stick.
  • Size: If you’re used to painting walls, small bits of hardware are a real challenge. The surface area is limited, so it’s tougher to see what you’re doing.
  • Age: If the hardware has been in place a while, it might be tricky to remove with everything intact. Hardware you break or strip will need replacement.
  • Metal: Paint doesn’t stick well to all metal. If you choose to paint, you’ll need to add a priming step.
  • Time: Painting hardware so you’re really pleased with the results is extraordinarily time consuming. You’ll have to carefully sand, clean, prime and use multiple coats of paint.
  • More Time: You have to make sure the paint sets properly, so you won’t be able to reinstall hardware as soon as it’s dry to the touch. It could be bothersome to live without it during this period.
  • Caution: You need to be very careful with the sanding step, or you’ll leave obvious marks that paint won’t cover.
  • Expense: In order to get long-lasting results, you’ll need to use top-of-the-line painting materials. You might not save as much money as you anticipated.
  • Space: On hardware, people typically use spray paint, which contains many chemicals. For safety’s sake, you need to paint and prime in a well-ventilated area. Do you have room for this?

Don’t make assumptions. Before you start painting, check to see how much new hardware actually costs. You can choose from a wide range of styles and prices. Then decide how much your time, effort — and possibly frustration — is worth. You may well decide that replacing hardware is the better option.

 

Another carol from the Cliffside holiday songbook

Deck your cabinets with our latches
(Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!)
Hinges, cup pulls, colored catches
(Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!)
While you light some Christmas candles
(Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la!)
Next to polished chrome drawer handles
(Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!)

See the kitchen all a-glowing
(Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!)
While the winter sky’s a-snowing
(Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!)
Knobs of nickel, black, and copper
(Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la!)
From the holiday’s best shoppers!
(Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!)

Towel rings and tissue holders
(Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!)
Bath hardware for young and older
(Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!)
Knobs and pulls for kitchen cabinets
(Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la!)
Held together by our magnets!
(Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!)

Feliz Knob-idad!

Cliffside Industries Celebrates 23 Years of Experience Distributing Traditional Solid Brass Cabinet Hardware

Second generation leads award-winning distributor to milestone anniversary

cliffside_logo_colorCliffside Industries today announced it celebrated 23 years of family ownership and operation on April 28, 2009. Best known for its flagship high quality line of solid brass cabinet hinges, knobs and pulls, Cliffside marks its milestone anniversary with the introduction of a new line of solid brass 8”cc oversized pulls, a new Venetian Bronze finish, six new products, over 300 new items, and four new hardware suites. Everything is available and in stock now.

In its 23rd year, Cliffside celebrated another milestone by offering all 10 of its standard finishes on all signature-line solid brass hardware. Finishes include: Antique Brass, Black, Iron, Old Antique, Old Copper, Polished Brass, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Silver Satin, and Venetian Bronze; all are now available on all round knobs, oblong knobs, cup pulls, standard drawer pulls, oversized drawer pulls, appliance pulls, cabinet latches and hinges. Mix and match from 34 solid brass knobs, pulls, cup pulls, latches and hinges and 10 standard finishes to create a personal hardware design.

Through three decades, we have remained unique among cabinet hardware distributors, distinguished by our quality products and exemplary customer service. Reaching this milestone can be credited to our loyal customers, dealers, and wholesalers, and to our employees, who are the cornerstone of our brand.

Walter Zaleskie founded the company in 1987 in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Today, Cliffside maintains its family tradition. The company remains committed to high quality and customer service. Cliffside products are now sold in all 50 states and Canada. The 23rd anniversary celebration began this month with Cliffside’s introduction of a new product supplement catalog. The new product catalog is available online on our website or by calling customer service.

Company Information

Cliffside Industries has been designing and distributing high-quality solid brass hardware since 1987 and supplies many of the industry’s most respected cabinet manufacturers, dealers, builders, remodelers and designers. We believe our hardware to exemplify the highest quality in the industry. Orders for stock hardware will ship within 24 hours, and matching break off screws are included with all orders.

Further information

Contact Cliffside customer service for more details and ordering information:

“Cliffside Industries is an award winning distributor of traditional solid brass hinges, knobs and pulls respected industry-wide for our customer service. Family owned and operated since 1987.”

Super Bowl hardware party

Kick off your kitchen and score a touchdown with our winning football knobs. Super Bowl Sunday is about your favorite team barreling into the end zone, and it’s also about great kitchen cabinet hardware style. This year, host a big-game blowout with our fumble-proof football knobs. Enjoy Cliffside’s football “hardware” Hall of Fame.

Though this writer wishes it were a different Pennsylvania team represented in this year’s Super Bowl, here’s wishing you and yours a fun football weekend!

Golden Knob awards

Today the staff of Cliffside, in association with our sponsors, proudly presents the first annual Golden Knob awards, given yearly to the top performers in the hardware line. Without further ado, here are this year’s “Knobbie” winners!