Replacing Your Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Jul 5, 2016 2:30:00 PM

brakur_angies_list_hardware.jpgWhich of these three scenarios for changing kitchen cabinet knobs and drawer pulls are you facing?

If you’re thinking about changing your kitchen cabinets' door or drawer hardware,  or adding some where none exist — there are a few things you need to know first.

Scenario 1: Replacing hardware when holes line up

This is the best-case scenario for you. If you’re putting pulls where pulls were and knobs where knobs were, and the holes line up because the hardware is the same size hardware, that’s great! Your job is will be easy.

All you have to do is carefully unscrew the current hardware, and then carefully screw on the new hardware. Be sure to put the screws in tight enough so they don’t come loose over time, which will require you to tighten them again. At the same time, don’t tighten your cabinet hardware so much that it digs into your door or drawer face.

Sometimes the screws included with the hardware are too long or short to work with the thickness of the cabinet door or drawer. So depending on your cabinet construction, you may have to cut down the screws or find longer ones.

Scenario 2: Replacing hardware when holes don’t line up

Here we have a slight dilemma. You may want to replace knobs with pulls — or the other way around. Or, maybe you want larger pulls. The problem is that if you install hardware in a size or configuration that's different from your current hardware, it will leave the current holes exposed, and you will have to fill and finish them.

While this is not impossible to do, we don’t recommend trying to fill holes and finish them unless you are sure you can match the paint or stain to your liking. If not, you will have an eyesore until you replace the doors, which can be difficult and costly, or eventually remodel your kitchen.

Topics: Custom Kitchen, Kitchen Cabinet Hardware, Knobs and Pulls, DIY

Located in Shorewood, Il, Brakur Custom Cabinetry, Inc. has been providing high quality locally manufactured cabinetry since 1965. Brakur is the largest manufacturer of custom cabinetry in Northern Illinois with a 100,000 plus square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and more than 80 employees.

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