Replacing Cabinet Hardware

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 29, 2014)

One of the easiest ways to give your old cabinetry a new look is by simply replacing existing hardware. Surprisingly though, replacing cabinet hardware can be a little trickier than you may think at first glance. The reason for this is that a vast majority of the impression we get from our cabinets is the hardware that is used. The right accent piece can help perfect the look you want, while the wrong piece can make even the most beautiful cabinets look horrible. The actual process of replacing cabinet hardware is actually pretty easy though. All you really need to do is follow these simple steps, and you will have your cabinet hardware replaced in almost no time at all.

  1. Remove old hardware. Take off the old pieces of hardware by removing the screws that hold it them in place. Usually you can remove the old hardware by opening the cabinet door, and looking on the back side for the screws. Place all old screws in a bowl for safe keeping. Be sure that you also remove any plates (also called escutcheons) as well.
  2. Use old hardware as a template. If you don't already have replacement hardware, take one of the old sets with you to your local home improvement store to use as a template. This is better than simply taking a few measurements, since you know that a similar sized unit will fit the existing holes.
  3. Purchase a sample. Before you purchase enough hardware to replace every thing, purchase a sample. This sample will allow you to test out the final look, without making the often expensive commitment that such purchases can entail.
  4. Make new holes as necessary. Unless you have purchased a new set of hardware that has the exact same measurements as the old units, you will need to make some new holes. Carefully take some measurements of the new hardware, and mark the corresponding locations on the inside of the cabinets. Make the new holes relative to the old ones, so that you already have them centered as much as possible. Fill the old holes with wood putty to help maintain an even strength and appearance.
  5. Reinstall the hardware. Install your new hardware in the new or existing holes, and take a look. If the results are what you like, then go out and purchase enough new hardware to replace the old. At this time, be sure that you also purchase enough wood putty if you need it.

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Lee Wyatt

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