So I’ve been relocating some doors and building new cabinets and I can tell you, I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to get the silly hinges in alignment with only my two hands! The hinge slips just as I’m about to drill the screw or worse, the tiny screws that come with some hinges are so hard to work with unless you are able to have two hands free! Worse yet, some of the screws “strip out” before you can get them all the way in, creating a real headache and a loose screw, literally. A loose screw equals a loose hinge and doors won’t line up properly.
So here are two little tips to save your sanity when working with new hinges to assure yourself a smooth installation:
1) Stick it and Shim it
To mark the location of the hinge and the location of the screws, use a small piece of double sided tape to secure the hinge temporarily in the proper spot. The tape will keep the hinge from slipping. For heavier doors, they make a seriously strong tape and I cheat with this and shims to keep the door in alignment until the screws are in.
2) Pilot Holes
With the hinge securely in the correct location, always drill a pilot hole with a drill bit just slightly smaller than the screw itself. This will allow the screw to be drilled in smoothly without stripping out.
Hope my learning curve can save you some time and headaches!
Your natural wood cabinets looking a little old and tired lately? Try painting them! For the cost of a can of paint and primer, you can give your cabinets a fresh new appearance.
Using a color that is anything but neutral can give your kitchen a customized look but for resale value, neutral is the safest bet. White and black are always classic but if you want the cabinets to still appear to be wood, I love Behr’s Paint and Primer in One in the Espresso brown tint. I’ve also noticed a trend toward grays or sage greens, but those get a little more personalized. Some like the eggshell finish, I like the satin. Choose the sheen you like the best for your own project.
Ready to do it? Here are 5 easy steps to give your kitchen cabinets a quick makeover:
Step 1) Remove doors and drawer fronts. Remove any door hardware. A quick tip for hardware is to secure them with masking tape to the inside of the cabinet or drawer with masking tape so they won’t get lost or mixed up.
A Girl Can Do It!!!
One project truly does lead to another when you are able to start small and gain confidence in yourself along the way. My friend and neighbor, Marian Takushi, recently completed one bathroom remodel when she decided to take on another.
Check out her before and after for a little inspiration:
What the project included:
Existing counter top and cabinets were replaced with standard order black cabinets (available in a variety of finishes and sizes from Lowes and Home Depot and these are very reasonably priced from around $200-500); granite top was done at a steal from scrap pieces for around $350.
Existing builders grade mirror was removed to reveal about 3 layers of wall paper. Ordinarily, this could have been a nightmare. But instead of removal, Marian repeated the stucco finish on her wall by troweling stucco patch in the same stroke pattern as the rest of her bathroom and painted over it. New framed mirror is now in place.
Smartly, she re-used the existing light fixtures but repainted with Krylon’s hammered metal finish paint to give them a new look.
And this is a neat idea….instead of replacing her medicine cabinet which would have cost $200, she found a picture frame for around $20, placed hinges on it and mounted it to the existing recessed medicine cabinet box. Now she has a framed art medicine cabinet. Very cute and practical.
Now Marian has a chic and updated bath that took less than a week to finish! You can do it too!
Ok so we’ve talked about how to install cabinet hardware and you have decided to take on the challenge. http://agirlcandoit.com/2010/04/26/cabinet-hardware-how-to-install/
Yeah for you! Using the template I recommended, everything is moving along smoothly and then oops! You find you drilled a hole in your cabinets in the wrong spot, even with your best attempts to be careful. Or, the hole you drilled is too big and now your hardware is loose. How can you fix this? No fear, its easy!
1) Cabinet hole in the wrong spot
You can use some wood putty and fill the wrong hole and sand smooth. There are wood stain touch up pens in a variety of colors; match the one closest to your wood color. Even better if your cabinet is painted; simply fill the hole with wood putty, sand and retouch your paint. Usually these holes are so small and so close visually to your existing hardware, no one will even notice the mistake.
2) Hole is too big
Place a few toothpicks in the hole dipped in wood glue and let dry. Break off the toothpicks flush with the cabinet with some needle-nose pliers and reinsert your screw. Sometimes just the little extra wood will be all you need.
Another way is to wrap your screw in wood putty, leaving the end that attaches to the hardware clean, then reinsert the screw into the hole and let dry.
Finally, another option is to insert the screw into a washer and let the washer come to a rest on the backside of your cabinet door. The washer will keep the screw from slipping through the hole in the backside of your cabinet. If the hole lets the hardware wiggle too much, you might have to use the toothpicks or wood putty along with the washer to ensure a good snug fit.
Hope that helps!
Another portfolio for bathroom makeover ideas! This bathroom was a late 80′s vanilla room with oak cabinets, tulip track lighting, marbled vanity and tub with white tile and beige carpet. See how it goes from “ho-hum” to “wow”
Some of the projects completed like tile and faucet replacement will take a little more know-how, but in time, will be talking about all of this on this site.
Once you’ve determined the type of cabinet hardware you’d like to put into your kitchen or bathroom, its time to put the icing on the cake!
Cabinet Hardware-The icing on the cake!
The installation process is easy. Here’s how:
1) There are a couple of easy ways to determine placement of installation. For cabinet doors, the lower right corner is the typical location. For drawers, you will need a measuring tape to measure the middle distance between the two horizontal edges as well as the vertical edges.
- Measure to find the middle of your vertical rise on drawers for correct location
- Measure to find the middle point of the horizontal length on drawers Continue reading
Surprisingly, cabinet hardware is an easily overlooked feature in your bathroom or kitchen that for a little effort and a few bucks, it adds a lot of personality and character to the room instantly (see my earlier story about http://agirlcandoit.com/2010/04/21/6-quick-and-easy-tips-for-a-budget-kitchen-makeover/). The sky is the limit when it comes to choices and prices in cabinet hardware. You can find a decent variety off the shelf at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s, but you can custom order something fancier or look online at some sources below. You should easily be able to find a stylish knob or pull off the shelf for $2-5 each.
Looks are everything
A good place to start would be the style you are trying to achieve first. Contemporary, traditional, Tuscan, retro? Are there design elements in the room already that you can highlight? Something simple is always best if you are feeling indecisive about the style you want.
Ahhh Spring! Warmth, rebirth, freshen are all words that come to mind. How about applying those ideals to the heart of your home? Here a few quick and simple ways to makeover your kitchen without breaking the bank.
1) Cabinet Hardware Budget-$1.50-$5 per knob (and upwards for fancier styles)
A cabinet without hardware is sometimes like wearing your Sunday best with sneakers. Or maybe you already have cabinet hardware but they are showing their age or the finish isn’t quite in style any longer. A little knob or pull goes a long way to give your cabinets a new “pow”.