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Replacing Cabinet Hardware

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Replacing Cabinet Hardware

Look for replacement hardware sized to match the existing holes in your cabinets. If the holes don't match, you'll need to fill the old holes and conceal them. With painted cabinets, you can hide the patch with touch-up paint. With wood cabinets, select a wood filler that matches the surrounding finish. Matching all-laminate cabinets with filler is difficult and not recommended. Instead, just get replacement hardware that matches the old holes.

2 Steps

  1. Remove Old Hardware
  2. Attach New Hardware
Remove Old Hardware

Step 1

Remove Old Hardware

Take off the old hardware by removing the fastening screw. If you won't be using the same screw hole, patch the hole with a wood filler that matches the finish of the cabinet door. Use a combination square to make consistent layout marks on the doors for the new hardware.

Attach New Hardware

Step 2

Attach New Hardware

Drill new holes from the front of the door. Take care not to press so hard as to splinter the back side of the door when the drill bit comes through. Insert a fastening screw into the hole and attach the hardware by tightening it to the door. Some fastening screws are made of soft metal so be careful not to strip the threads.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

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