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How to replace cupboard handles?

To begin with, the cupboard was a freestanding unit. It began as a board or two for storing cups. The next manifestation was an enclosed shelving unit that was used for storing plates as well as food. Gradually, the cupboard became the staples of our kitchens today. These heavy units can be spruced up by replacing cupboard handles. This article provides a guide on how to replace cupboard handles.

Measurements and decisions

Decide whether you wish to replace the handle with other handles, or with drawer pulls. If you wish to replace the handle with another handle, then you need to measure the handle that is existing and write that measurement down. Measure the handles on the cupboard doors, and measure the location of the existing handles. If you wish to have a door knob or pull, then make a note of the pull's location.

Pick out the handles or pulls

Pick out the draw pulls and knobs, or the handles for the drawers and doors. Try to pick out hardware that will compliment the décor of the kitchen. If the house is traditional, then brass knobs, porcelain knobs or pewter knobs will do. Try to do the same with the handles. Make sure that you have all of the fasteners which are needed to replace the handles. If you are switching from handles to pulls, buy some wood fillers that match the original finish of the cupboard doors and drawers.

Installation

If you are swapping out the handles with other ones, then remove the existing handles from the drawers and cupboards. Install the new handles and make sure that they are secure. If you are swapping handles with knobs and pulls, then remove the existing handles from the drawer and cupboard doors. Mark the position of the drawer pull or the door knob with a pencil. Drill a hole at the location, and install the knob. Fill the holes left from the handle with wood filler. Sand them down, once they are dry in order to make sure that they are smooth. If the colour does not match, try filling the holes with a wax furniture pencil. If the wax pencil or the wood filler does not work, you may have to re-finish the cabinet doors and drawer faces. Enjoy your "new" kitchen with its new pulls or handles.

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