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Tips for Installing Cabinet Pulls in a Snap

One great way to create a new look in the kitchen or other space on a tight budget is to purchase new cabinet pulls. While not requiring a complete, expensive renovation of the kitchen space, this small change can make a big difference in the kitchen décor. Of course, if you’re going to do a small home renovation project of this sort, chances are that you want to do it yourself. Here, we offer a step by step guide for installing cabinet pulls without breaking a sweat.

Step 1 - Count

Make sure that you count how many cabinet pulls you will be replacing. There is nothing more annoying than ordering your new 3.5 inch cabinet pulls, only to discover that you are one short. Remember to count every location where you intend to put new cabinet handles, including cabinets, closets, drawers, doors and other locations.

Step 2 - Measure

Take one cabinet pull and measure the distance between the center of the screw holes. This will tell you what size pulls you’ll need. This is a very important step, as you don’t want to order 12 inch cabinet pulls and then find out that you really needed 96mm cabinet pulls instead. Once you know exactly the size you’ll need, you’ll be able to shop for those specific inch pulls.

Step 3 – Select

Now, you’ll be ready to select the lovely inch pulls of your choice. Consider the finish and the style that will best match with your existing kitchen, and consider the type of new design you enjoy. Think about the size of the cabinet pulls as well – something too big on a small drawer will look overdone, and something too small may be hard to grasp or look washed out. As a rule, cabinet handles should not be wider than half the rail width.

Step 4 – Removal and Installation

Remove your existing cabinet pulls using a proper tool to remove screws. For stubborn screws, spray some W-D40 or Goo Gone onto the screw head. After the substance has set for a few minutes, the screw should unscrew easily. Then, install the new cabinet pulls in the location where you removed the last hardware. If you need to drill any new holes, do so perpendicular to the surface. Should you drill at an angle, it will be difficult to get the handles to fit properly and tightly. Place the new screw into the existing hole starting from the inside of the drawer or cabinet with just enough placed through the hole for you to get started. Then, using a screwdriver or Allen wrench, turn the screw through the hole and into the hole of the new cabinet pull. Only tighten the screws after all of the screws for the new hardware have been installed and after you’ve decided that you like the look, fit and alignment of the new cabinet pulls.

Step 5 – Repainting and More

If you plan to paint or refinish your cabinet or other furniture piece, do so after you remove the old cabinet handles and before installing the new ones. This will ensure that you paint the entire piece and that you don’t damage the new hardware in any way.

Voila! With these easy steps, you have selected new cabinet pulls, removed the old ones, and installed your new selection. You should be proud of the work that you’ve done, and ready to enjoy the great look of your kitchen with your lovely cabinet pulls in place.

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