First, we had to pick out hardware. That part actually WAS easy; I'd had my eye on this style bar pull for a while. They're a little modern and a little classic, which wouldn't clash with the style of the cabinet doors (and those were NOT being replaced, because $$$). I'm sure I could have saved a few more dollars by getting pulls somewhere online like Build.com, but I was in an instant-gratification mood and Home Depot had them in stock :) Plus, I wanted to bring home a couple different sizes to see what I liked best before committing to buying all 16 of them.
Before installing, I determined the placement I wanted, a combination of this and this, and made some cardboard templates. If we ever do this again, I'd opt for a more sturdy wooden rig, something like this that holds itself in place.
Now, this step in the process is where we first encountered what I consider to be a true renovation moment. You know, like the ones you see on HGTV when the couples are working together, and then something goes wrong, and the wife's voice starts to get louder and more shrill, and the husband is trying to argue that the mistake isn't a big deal, but it IS A BIG DEAL, JOHN, IT'S A HUGE DEAL AND EVERYTHING IS RUINED AND MAYBE THIS WAS ALL A MISTAKE. Thankfully for us, our moment was significantly less dramatic (probably due to the lack of a camera crew or team of editors looking to draw better ratings) and was easily solved, but I have to say, our marriage was tested that day.
What was the problem, you ask? It was a door handle. A noticeably not-level door handle. To me, someone who had just spent the last week of her life working strenuously on painting the cabinets perfectly, the idea of having to plug yet another unwanted hole, sand it down, and then prime, paint, and seal all over again was just enough to make my voice do the shrill wife thing and my eyeballs come as close as possible to popping right out of their proper holes. But, good husband that I have, J sat me down in front of an episode of Elementary and set to work fixing it, no wood filler or repainting required. Crisis averted.