Cabinet hardware knobs and pulls are one of the most inexpensive and impactful updates you can make in your home. For an average kitchen, which is around 40 knobs and pulls of cabinet hardware, the total cost is $300 or $7.50 per piece for the “better than Big Box” stuff. Not bad, right?
Below is the before picture of my kitchen, where the builder installed all knobs that were oil-rubbed bronze. Pretty boring now that I know what is possible.
When you compare my “before” kitchen to the picture above you can see by changing the hardware finish to satin nickel it lightened the room. Then I mixed multiple geometries of knobs, pulls and cup pulls to create more visual interest on my cabinets.
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My passion for cabinet hardware design also turned into mastering installing pulls and cup pulls where knobs used to be. It’s EASY – really, but it does take some time. If you are comfortable with a power drill (here is the one I use) and have all knobs, please consider changing some of those knobs to pulls. Literally every single piece of cabinet hardware has been replaced in my home by me!
To encourage others and especially women to tackle this easy knob-to-pull update, I created a couple of YouTube videos. Click this link to watch the Cabinet Hardware How-To videos to help guide you through the process of installation.
It will only take a weekend to remove the old knobs, drill the new holes, and install the new knobs and pulls in an average kitchen.
The BEST trick is using an Amerock Installation Kit, for drawers and doors, which you will see me use. It comes with a drill bit that is an exact match to the screws to take out the guess-work!It shows you exactly where the holes should be placed for easy marking for sizes 3 inch to 160mm, which is the distance between drill holes and NOT the full length of the pull.
The other most important tool is a level to make sure the pulls are straight!
You can see what a BIG difference it made to update my kitchen! By spending little money on cabinet hardware and doing it yourself you can make a big impact on your kitchen too.
So let’s review the 10 easy steps to updating your cabinet hardware:
- Come up with the style and finish you want to use
- Count how many pieces of hardware you need to replace
- Be creative and replace knobs with pulls and cup pulls
- Remove the old hardware with the Philips head attachment to your power drill
- Hold template up and mark holes for pulls or cup pulls (3 inch, 96mm,128mm or 160mm)
- Using a level line up the hole with the mark to make sure they are level (horizontal) or plumb (vertical)
- Adjust your mark to make sure everything is lined up
- Using the drill bit from the kit, drill the hole holding the drill level and straight
- Hold the hardware up to the front of the cabinet and with your fingers thread in the screw through the back
- Using the Philips head attachment on your drill bit tighten the screw, but go slowly and don’t over tighten and risk damaging your cabinet
This project is also featured on Hometalk click here Change a Knob to a Cup Pull
Not so scary right? I have to say drilling into your cabinet is the most intimidating part, so practice on an old piece of wood until you are comfortable.
If you like what I used, here are links to the products. I like using 160mm pull on the tall upper cabinets and 128mm on the lower cabinets. All personal preference and choose what you love and think will look great!
Kitchen Hardware: Knobs, Pulls and Cup Pulls Sea Grass in Satin Nickel
Too scared of a power drill? Then only change out the current hardware you have using the same drill holes and Philips head screwdriver. You got this!
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