How to Install Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

If you’re looking to spruce up your kitchen, you don’t have to replace all your cabinets.  Why not replace the hardware instead?  In this installment of our Fix It in 15:00 video series, Lou walks us through some quick and easy tips to swap your cabinet hardware in a snap!

What You’ll Need:

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Safety glasses
  • Adhesive putty (more on that later)
  • New hardware

How to Do It:

  • Purchase new hardware – you can either replace with a similar knob or go with a kitchen cabinet handle.
  • Remove your old hardware with the screwdriver.
  • Using some adhesive putty, adhere the new handle to the cabinet door to make sure you like the style and finish BEFORE drilling any holes.
  • If you’re replacing a knob with a handle, you’ll want to use the existing hole to line up the lower portion of the new handle so that the screw-hole lines up properly. Then measure the length to the upper screw-hole on the new handle to make your mark for drilling.  Also, measure the distance from the edge of the cabinet door to the existing hole so you can mark the hole for drilling the upper part of the handle (this will make sure your new handle is straight).
  • Select a drill bit that’s the same width as the existing hole where you removed the old knob and start drilling the new hole.
  • Install your new hardware with the screwdriver and you’re all set. Just repeat the process for the remaining doors in the kitchen and you’ll have a brand new look!

If you’re looking to spruce up your kitchen, you don’t have to replace all your cabinets.  Why not replace the hardware instead?  In this installment of our Fix It in 15:00 video series, Lou walks us through some quick and easy tips to swap your cabinet hardware in a snap!

What You’ll Need:

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Safety glasses
  • Adhesive putty (more on that later)
  • New hardware

How to Do It:

  • Purchase new hardware – you can either replace with a similar knob or go with a kitchen cabinet handle.
  • Remove your old hardware with the screwdriver.
  • Using some adhesive putty, adhere the new handle to the cabinet door to make sure you like the style and finish BEFORE drilling any holes.
  • If you’re replacing a knob with a handle, you’ll want to use the existing hole to line up the lower portion of the new handle so that the screw-hole lines up properly. Then measure the length to the upper screw-hole on the new handle to make your mark for drilling.  Also, measure the distance from the edge of the cabinet door to the existing hole so you can mark the hole for drilling the upper part of the handle (this will make sure your new handle is straight).
  • Select a drill bit that’s the same width as the existing hole where you removed the old knob and start drilling the new hole.
  • Install your new hardware with the screwdriver and you’re all set. Just repeat the process for the remaining doors in the kitchen and you’ll have a brand new look!