I can assure you that each time I delve into new DIY things does always go as planned. My next quest was how to replace kitchen cabinet hardware. I was so excited about this project, I think I left my head behind and I made purchases of knobs initially that was not going to work. How does the saying go “best-laid plans of mice and men.” Trust me I planned my time, and thought about every step, but never considered one of the most important pieces to all of this, I will share that with you shortly.
This task of how to replace kitchen cabinet hardware is all about attention to detail, getting the look just right, and being able to love the blended look of a knob as it fits into the kitchen decor. I hit highs and lows in this project but the end results look great! Here’s my DIY of how to replace kitchen cabinet hardware as I lavishly live my life out loud!
The Journey To The Knobs
You will hear me refer to knobs as hardware, pulls, handles, and in fact, they are all these things, so don’t let the guys in the big retail chains intimidate you. What I dislike most about DIY projects is not knowing what to refer to something as, but I Google, ask, talk to my husband, and visit the large DIY retailers and understand what I am looking for.
This particular adventure led me down a different path, because I got so focused on color, that I forgot a very simple piece of the project which created its own chaos, but I learn through my mistakes and then share the info with you! My error created another trip to the store (ok, multiple to locate all the knobs) and of course the time and effort I spent trying to correct a situation that could not be corrected –> refer to the video below.
Realizing I am not the first person to trip over this situation, I decided to share it with you so you don’t have the same problem occur as we all seem to get tunnel vision when we head into new projects, so here we go.
Clean Them Up
Before I even thought about changing the knobs I cleaned the cabinets. When was the last time you wiped your cabinets from top to bottom and treated them to wood conditioner? I had not done it in a while and I am ashamed to say they were a mess. I cook all the time, but never realized the mess that was actually there! Ugggg, bust out the rubber gloves.
At this point I’d like to give a good shout out to my friends at ENDUST -while they by no means supported this post I do have to tell you if you want to get your kitchen cabinets clean and shiny and looking like knew this was definitely the best solution.
Do you make sure to use one cloth to apply and 1 cloth take it off. With the cleaning out of the way, I got my tools out, all of the knobs out of their package and then I began.