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How to Install Cabinet Handles with New Screw Holes

How to Install Cabinet Handles with New Screw Holes
18/02/2021 Averill

Looking to update tired kitchen cupboards, an old cabinet or dresser? Maybe you’re renting and want a temporary and stylish fix that’s both easy and affordable?

Changing the whole look and feel of a space can be as simple as replacing your cupboard handles. The best part is that it doesn’t take long at all!

Whether you’re replacing old hardware or installing a different style on cabinets that require new screw holes, it is the same seamless process. Watch our demonstration video or follow the simple step-by-step instructions below.

Note: Installing a cabinet knob or cupboard handle that doesn’t require new screw holes? Click here.

 

WATCH OUR SIMPLE DEMONSTRATION VIDEO: 

 

What you will need

> Flat screwdriver – if removing old hardware

> Wood filler – we recommend Timbermate

> Metal scraper or butter knife

> Piece of cardboard (optional)

> Clean cloth or paper towel

> Ruler or measuring tape

> Pencil

> Spanner (optional)

00 WHAT YOU WILL NEED 1024x683 - How to Install Cabinet Handles with New Screw Holes

 

STEP 1: Patch old cabinet holes with a wood filler that matches the finish of your cabinet.

TIP: For best application, we recommend mixing your chosen wood filler with a little warm water to form a paste.

2 New MAKE A PASTE 1024x683 - How to Install Cabinet Handles with New Screw Holes

 

STEP 2: Using a metal scraper (or butter knife), apply your paste over the old cabinet holes until they are completed covered.

3A. APPLY PASTE OVER HOLES 1024x683 - How to Install Cabinet Handles with New Screw Holes

 

STEP 3: Using either a piece of cardboard or a metal scraper, swipe upwards with a strong hand. Remove any excess filler with a clean cloth or paper towel.

TIP: For best results, leave paste to dry for a minimum of 4 hours.

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STEP 4: Once dry, gently sand any remaining residue to ensure a super soft surface.

4. GENTLY SAND ANY REMAINING RESIDUE 1024x703 - How to Install Cabinet Handles with New Screw Holes

 

STEP 5: Using a ruler or measuring tape, measure the distance from centre to centre of the new handles’ screw points.

6 . MEASURE HANDLE HOLES 1024x683 - How to Install Cabinet Handles with New Screw Holes

 

STEP 6: Now, measure and mark with a pencil the new screw hole locations on your cabinetry.

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STEP 7: Using a power drill, go ahead and drill the marked screw hole locations.

TIP: Hold cabinetry firmly with your other hand for support

8. DRILL HOLES 1024x689 - How to Install Cabinet Handles with New Screw Holes

 

STEP 8: Insert your cabinet handle into the new screw holes.

9. INSTALL NEW HARDWARE 1024x682 - How to Install Cabinet Handles with New Screw Holes 

STEP 9: Secure the back with a metal washer. Bolt and tighten the fastening with your hands or a spanner.

10. SECURE HARDWARE 1024x792 - How to Install Cabinet Handles with New Screw Holes

And you’re done!

As you can see, you don’t have to be a DIY professional to update your cabinet hardware and instantly transform your spaces at home! Install new cabinet handles with ease!

 

BEFORE…

1 . BEFORE REMOVE OLD HANDLES 1024x663 - How to Install Cabinet Handles with New Screw Holes

AFTER…

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Happy installing!

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