Hi guys!! Hi! How was your weekend? Our was very busy and also low key. The pup got spayed on Friday so we tried to keep thing calm to allow her time to heal. But you know me, I had to sneak a DIY or 3 in when I could! 😉
Anywho, last week you saw our gorgeous new cabinet door knobs. Now I’m finally getting around to sharing how to install cabinet drawer pulls. Let me start by saying that I expected installing drawer pulls on to be just as easy as door knobs. Sure, there is an extra hole needed and make sure it is level, but come on… how hard can it be? That phrase is the kiss of death for DIYs, isn’t it? Installing cabinet drawer pulls isn’t hard… it can just go wrong if you don’t do it correctly. Don’t ask me how I know. 😉
So, last I shared, the doors have knobs but the drawers are still lacking. Then I found these awesome cup pulls that matched the knobs perfectly. Score! Raise your hand if Amazon is your bestie!! #raisesbothhandslikeanerd
Start off by removing your drawer and emptying its contents. Notice those screws on inside front of the drawer? The ones holding the drawer front to the drawer box? Remove them. Be warned, the back side of the drawer front may have a bunch of grossness. You’re welcome for not sharing that picture!
Note: I had to remove the drawer front because the screws for the pulls were not long enough to go all the way through both the drawer front and drawer box.
Measure the length and width of your drawer. Mark the middle point of both length and width, creating a little plus sign.
Now… here is where it is key. USE A HARDWARE INSTALLATION TEMPLATE. I repeat. Leave your home and go to a home improvement store and buy a template. That is what
we my friend had to do after trying to use my her own homemade template and then having to use wood filler to fix the wonkiness.
Back to the template. Line up the mark you made with the center vertical line of template. Mine just so happened to be where a hole is, but yours might not be. That doesn’t really matter. Place your pull on top of the template and line it up with the nearest holes to your mark, trying to make the mark be centered under your pull. Luckily, most pulls are standard sizes, making this template a lifesaver.
Using a pencil, trace the holes that lined up with your pull.
Drill through both holes. Note: make sure you don’t drill into your 100 year old dining room table. That would be sad.
Screw in the screws until they are just barely through the front. Line up your pull with the screws and screw them in the rest of the way.
When your pull is on the drawer front, screw the front back onto the drawer box.
Yay!!! Now your drawers have pulls! And my kitchen has been hardware-ified! Woo! I gotta say, I love how our kitchen is coming along. Just a reminder, here is how it looked before we started any work:
Baby steps. Someday soon we hope to replace the floors and then the countertops. That will make the real difference!
Paint upper and lower cabinets Raise upper cabinets Add a shelf below cabinets Add decorative shelves to the left of cabinets Level tops of cabinets and add crown molding
- Replace cabinet doors??
- Replace countertops & sink
- Add tile backsplash
- Replace appliances with stainless steel appliances
- Lower breakfast bar (it is currently 4 inches taller than a normal breakfast bar, resulting in zero stools being the correct height)
Add hardware to doors/drawers
- Build a kitchen island??