Installing new cabinet door pulls can give your kitchen or bathroom a new look. However, you have to do it right if you want your hard work to pay off. By using the right tools and some easy tricks, you can make this home improvement project a breeze. Simply follow these simple steps and you will have your beautiful new cabinet pulls installed before the day is out.
Remove and Fill
If you already have pulls installed on your cabinets, you are going to need to remove them using the appropriate screw driver. Put all of the pulls and screws into a plastic bag so you can give them to someone who needs it later on. Once all the pulls have been removed, you need to decide if you are going to have your new pulls in the same spot on your cabinet doors. If so, you just made this job much easier because there will be no drilling required. If not, fill all of the holes with wood fill in the appropriate color and lightly sand the area once the fill is dry.
Mark the Cabinets
Assuming you are not using the same holes your previously had or you are installing pulls for the first time, you are going to need to mark where you want your new pulls to go. The best way to do this is to create two templates out of cardboard, one for the doors that open to the right and another for those that open to the left. Put a square piece of cardboard up to your cabinet and place where you want your cabinet door pulls to sit. Mark where the pull is and pull the cardboard away from the door. Using a 3/16″ drill bit, drill holes in the cardboard where you marked. Then test to make sure your pulls will be properly aligned with the holes you made. Repeat for the doors that open the opposite direction.
Once you have your template made, attach it to the corner of your cabinet door with tape. Once it is secure, use the same 3/16″ drill bit to drill a whole in your cabinet door where the holes in your template are. Once the hole is drilled, remove the template and continue to the next door that opens in the same direction. Once all the doors that open in the same direction have had the appropriate holes drilled in them, switch templates and repeat on the opposite doors.
Once you have your holes drilled, it is time for the easy part. Place your cabinet door pulls on the holes and screw them in using a screwdriver. Test the pull to make sure it isn’t loose or wobbly. If it is, tighten down the screws more until the pull does not move. Keep doing this until all of your new door pulls have been installed and enjoy your cabinet’s new look.