When we decided to make some updates in our home, the kitchen cabinet hardware would be one of the first things we could change out quickly without spending a lot of money, and honestly, I budgeted a lot more money than I spent on the hardware. I’m still in shock that we upgraded the hardware for less than $60.
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Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Update Ideas
To get the full impact of how changing out your kitchen cabinet hardware can do for the look and feel of your kitchen, here’s a before picture of the hardware I installed 15 years ago. At the time, I loved the look. But now, meh… I want a modern farmhouse look for my kitchen, and I found the perfect pulls at the right price.
How To Install Kitchen Cabinet Hardware
Before purchasing kitchen cabinet hardware, if you have existing hardware, you’ll need to keep in mind the holes that fit your current hardware. Unless you’re planning on painting your cabinets, you’re going to have to work with the holes you have. At least, that’s what I did. I had a good idea of what I wanted, and I found these amazing black pulls that worked perfectly.
And to make the installation of my hardware pulls align perfectly with my cabinets, I used this cool tool I found on Amazon to ensure that the holes for the pulls I chose would be straight. Let’s face it; tall, skinny pulls aren’t the easiest to install. I have tall cabinets, and even the smallest offset with these pulls would stick out like a sore thumb. I highly recommend this tool if you’re a perfectionist.
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It’s basically straightforward once you get the kitchen cabinet hardware jig in your hands and play with it. Get the first set of holes lined up, and then just move the tool from cabinet door to cabinet door. Super quick and easy. It was well worth the extra money spent, and I’ll be using this tool on furniture projects for sure!
Tips For Hardware Installation On Wood Cabinets
Be sure to use painter’s tape to cover the cabinet wood where you’re drilling the new or additional holes for the hardware. This will prevent the wood from splintering and give you clean holes. Any splintering of the wood could be visible once the hardware has been installed, depending on the hardware you chose. That’s no Bueno with me. There’s no room for error with the sleek modern pulls I chose. I learned this trick a long time ago with my furniture makeovers. It works!
The holes for the new hardware need to be slightly larger than the hardware screws. This will allow you to slip the screws in the cabinet doors easily without damaging the wood.
Be sure to clean off the countertop before installing your new kitchen cabinet hardware, or you’ll have sawdust all over whatever you left on the said countertop. Like your produce… AKA bananas. Ha! I was in a hurry and excited to get them installed. It was actually about 930pm when the Amazon driver rang the doorbell with my new hardware pulls. I’m starting to expect that nightly ring, and I miss it when they don’t stop by to deliver me my happy packages. 🙂
I can’t quit looking at my new kitchen cabinet hardware! The clean lines add so much to my tall cabinets and not to mention my 10ft ceilings. I like how my eyes are drawn up, and I may never paint my cabinets now because I love the wood with the black pulls. The jury is still out on that one.
And I made this quick kitchen update for less than $60. Now, it’s time to tackle shiplap the backsplash, and I can’t wait to share that with you. Stay tuned!
Until the next project… xo, Do