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Installing Cabinet Drawer Fronts

Project Overview

Installing Cabinet Drawer Fronts

Drawer fronts come in two types – solid and applied. Solid drawer fronts are an integral part of the drawer. Applied fronts are screwed to the front of a pre-made drawer box. To replace solid fronts, you'll saw off overlapping edges and screw the new front to the face of the old. For applied fronts, unscrew the old fronts to remove them, then attach the new ones.

3 Steps

  1. Cut Off Overhanging Edges
  2. Attach New Fronts
  3. Attach False Door Fronts
Cut Off Overhanging Edges

Step 1

Cut Off Overhanging Edges

Use a handsaw to cut off all of the overhanging edges on the existing solid drawer fronts. Clamp the drawer to a solid work surface to make this job easier. If the drawer fronts are two-piece, simply remove the screws and discard the decorative face panel.

Attach New Fronts

Step 2

Attach New Fronts

Attach the new fronts by drilling pilot holes and driving screws through the inside of the drawers into the new fronts. Make sure the drawer fronts overlap the drawers by an equal margin on all sides.

Attach False Door Fronts

Step 3

Attach False Door Fronts

You can attach false drawer fronts on sink and cooktop cabinets by cutting wood blocks that span the drawer openings. Place the blocks across the openings on the inside of the cabinets, then drive screws through the wood blocks into the false drawer fronts.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

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