A quick tutorial on installing cabinet hardware evenly and making precise marks so you don’t mess up.
It’s only been a little over six months since we painted our cabinets. And we are just now getting around to to installing the cabinet hardware.
Life. It happens.
Part of the delay was my indecisiveness on which hardware I wanted.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go with brushed nickel to match the accents on the appliances, or the bronze color that I usually go for with everything else.
Now I will tell you before we go any further, this post contains affiliate links for the products that I used. If you like them and decide to order them, I get a commission but at no cost to you. You can read my full disclosure here.
I decided it was a nice accent with the color of the cabinets and also the color of the actual appliances.
I love the color choice! No regrets.
The other thing was style. I knew I wanted bars for the cabinets but I was torn between bars for the drawers too, or to do pull cups.
After scoring Pinterest for months I decided I loved the cups more and they won.
Again no regrets.
And I love that they will keep tiny fingers off the actual drawers. Hopefully cutting down on how often I have to wipe down the drawer fronts. I can dream right?
While looking online one day I stumbled across this tool I thought was really cool. Like pure genius. Essentially it is a template created for installing cabinet hardware, where you don’t have to do any measuring and it guarantees uniform placement.
Genius! Pure genius folks!!
Where to put cabinet knobs or handles?
This tool aligns with the edge of the cabinet to help you ensure proper and logical placement.
This is the one I decided that I liked here.
It has a groove that fits the corner of the cabinet perfectly.
Once properly aligned you can look at the option to see which sets of holes you want to use for your placement preference.
How do you measure for drawer pulls?
I first ordered a tool that was just for cabinets, forgetting completely about the drawers. I then found one that included drawer measurements too. *slaps forehead*
So I ordered that one.
It was perfect for getting the drawer handles perfectly placed.
I measured the width of the drawer and placed it in the exact center and then made my marks according to the placement needed for my particular drawer pulls.
For the wider drawers, I decided to use two drawer pulls. I measured the full width of the drawer again and decided how far in from each edge I wanted the pulls.
For mine I chose 8 inches in from each side. For the center of the pulls.
What size drill bit do you use for cabinet hardware?
We took the screw that came with the hardware which was 8/32 and matched it to the drill bit that was the same size when holding them up. And the corresponding drill bit was 5/32.
I was torn on whether the lazy Susan needed hardware or not and I opted in. Since we had leftovers. I did one on each side so that dirty fingers do not need to touch my cabinets.
I am super excited about the finished outcome of my cabinets and totally changed the look.
Once everything is done, there will be some dust that needs cleaning up. Luckily, I have a super cute little DIY assistant that likes to help.
The last step for my cabinets is to update the top of them with a bit of trim.
That tutorial will be coming soon. It won’t be six more months either. Promise!