If your kitchen cabinets are in good condition, but the knobs and pulls on your doors and drawers are either outdated, or you just don’t like them anymore you can easily replace the cabinet hardware for a fresh look. Cabinet hardware includes things like the cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, cabinet backplates and hinges.
Knobs And Pulls
In most cases changing the cabinet knobs and drawer handles should be a relatively easy job. The hardest part may be choosing the ones you want from the thousands you can find available at hardware stores and online. If you have something very specific in mind keep searching, you’ll likely find what you want. Manufacturers have become quite creative with their knob designs. You can find them in a variety of materials from various metals to wood, glass, ceramic and even polyester and almost any shape you can imagine.
Often times you can use the existing holes in the cabinet when replacing cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. Although the drawer pulls may be a little more difficult since they require two holes. If the pulls or handles you chose don’t fit the existing holes you can use wood putty or a cabinet backplates to cover the old holes.
Cabinet backplates fit between the front of the cabinet door and the cabinet knob. They can be used just for looks or to cover holes from previous knobs or handles. They are also used to protect the cabinet from dirt, grime and scratches.
If the cabinet knobs and handles you choose don’t have a matching backplate you can simply look for one that is a matching material, finish and style of your knobs and pulls. If you are buying from a hardware store this will be easy to do. If you are ordering online this should be pretty easy too as you can buy the backplates from the same manufacturer from which you are buying the knobs. Just make sure to get the exact same finish so they blend together well. Most pictures online are pretty clear so you should be able to see how well the knobs and backplates go together.
If your hinges are in good working condition you may want to leave them. Most hinges are placed on the inside of the cabinets so they are not easily seen and won’t detract from the look of your kitchen cabinets. If they are dirty you may simply want to take them off, clean them then reinstall them. This will both make them look and work better.