No, we’re not having that kind of party. I thought I’d start a new series on Tuesdays sharing tips and tricks for a variety of things around the house. Hence the tip-sy part. Clever, huh? Yeah, hopefully the tips will be a little more clever than the title….
On to our first tip: How to add new cabinet hardware to your old furniture or existing cabinets. Have you ever wanted to add new handles on your furniture or cabinets, but the screws don’t match up with the old holes?
I looked for handles that had enough extension on the ends to cover the old holes. Yep, I’m lazy clever like that.
Mark the holes from your drawer or cabinet onto a piece of wood, about 1/2 inch thick. Drill the holes using a drill bit that matches the size of your screws. You can use a piece of cardboard or even a stir stick to make your template, but a thicker piece of wood will help you keep your drill bit straight as you’re drilling the new holes.
Now, measure the distance between the screw holes on your new drawer pull. Subtract that distance from the distance between the old screw holes. For instance, if the old screw holes were 4 inches apart and the new ones are 3 1/2 inches apart, the difference is 1/2 inch. Half that measurement and mark 1/4 inch in from the holes you just drilled. Drill those holes as well, again using a drill bit to match the size of your new screws.
Place the old screws into the holes that correspond with your old hardware. Line these up with the holes in your drawer and gently push into place. This will help keep your template from shifting.
This is a sneak peek of a project I’m currently working on. As you can see, the hardware placement is a little unusual.
Now, place your drill bit into one of the holes for the new hardware. Hold onto the template and drill as straight as possible through the hole into your drawer. Repeat for the other hole.
Attach the new hardware and pat yourself on the back!
- After you’ve drilled the holes for the new hardware in your template, attach the handle to your template to double check that your measurements are accurate.
- Try not to tilt the drill as you’re drilling the new holes. This will enlarge the holes in your template and make it less accurate.
- Buy your hardware and drill the holes before you start refinishing. Do as I say, not as I do.
- If your new hardware doesn’t cover the old holes, you’ll need to fill them with wood putty and sand before you refinish.
And that’s our first Tipsy Tuesday! I hope you found it helpful and will come back. Also follow me on facebook where I post links to other tips and freebies I find across the old www.