One of the things I was dreading the most about my kitchen remodel was installing all the new hardware. I cannot rest until something is straight, it will bother me until the end of my days, so if you are like me… you will love this tutorial! Sometimes as a blogger I often think, “hey I can make something for that”, or “I can totally replicate that”. In reality guys, sometimes it’s just easier and cheaper to head to the store and BUY something – NOT “do-it-yourself”. Today we are going to talk about How to Install Cabinet Hardware and get it straight enough to make even me happy! : )
So what’s the trick?? A cabinet jig people. It’s awesome! Seriously… you will wonder why anyone would ever install hardware another way!! So let’s talk about this! Here is what you will need.
Drill or Impact Driver
Hardware – This is the hardware I used from D Lawless Hardware, here and here.
How to Install Cabinet Hardware
*Please note: In order for this to work properly, your doors need to be level because the jig lines up based on the perimeter of your doors.
You are going to put your cabinet jig right on your door (pictured below), hold it in place and looking at the guide, determine what hole is centered up with where you want your hardware. Mark this with a pencil. I had already drilled all my holes before I took pictures, so just pretend that is a really big pencil mark and not a hole mmmmkay? Oh and please ignore my bum thumb… hazards of blogging ; )
You can see how this lines up. Now, when we pre drilled our holes, we used a really small one first, and then moved up to the appropriate size for our hardware. Just to be safe and avoid splintering…. I wasn’t about to ruin these doors after weeks of work! Once that hole is drilled, insert your screw and attach your hardware.
Then you are left with beautifully straight knobs!
This also works for drawers. If you noticed in the supply photo there is 2 different jigs that come in a package. It works the same way… you find the center point of your drawer, mark your spot, and drill away!
I’m so close to the final reveal of this kitchen! It has certainly been a labor of love for me! : ) So stay tuned! You can also check out the tutorial on those beautiful butcher block counters, here.
I didn’t even know that cabinet jigs existed! So smart of you to share this helpful idea!
Thanks Erin! I didn’t realize it either until I tried to make something kinda like this so all my holes would be the same. This is much better than what I was trying to make up, lol! Total life saver!
Derrick Lawless says
Great post! The pictures are awesome, glad you like the hardware!
Thanks Derrick! We still are in awe of how much we love those handles. The finish is PERFECT and exactly what I thought they would be!!
Hani Shabbir says
I am glad I read these helpful tips, this will come in handy…
Thanks Hani! That jig makes it SO much easier!!
Debbie refresh restyle says
Great tips! Love your cabinets!
Thanks Debbie! You are so sweet!! : ) So glad I got a chance to meet you! xoxox
You are going to laugh, but I used one of these cabinet jigs when I was putting on my new handles and pulls for my kitchen cabinets. I’m not for sure how, but somehow one of my knobs is off centered. I couldn’t believe it! It drives me insane every time I look at it. All the other ones look great except for that ONE!!
Oh no! That is the worst! : ( We drilled the wrong hole on the very first one and I had to putty it up and paint it. No fun! I quadruple checked from there on out, lol!
Where did you get the hinges? Or did you repurpose your old ones?
Jade Brunet says
I appreciate this article about installing cabinet hardware. It is good to know that a cabinet jig can be used to ensure that the knob is correctly aligned. This tool would be beneficial. Something to consider would be to seek professional help to have quality work and successful end results.
Jade Brunet says
Thank you for providing the needed tools for a cabinet installation project. I did not realize that one could use a drill or impact driver. My mom says that it is wise to seek professional help because specialists will use quality tools and ensure that safety is a priority during the entirety of the project.
Hey there, really like how you kitchen remodel turned out. I have a similar kitchen that I would like to give a facelift and was wondering what hardware you used. Is that pewter? Thanks
Hi John, Thanks so much!! I used these knobs: http://www.dlawlesshardware.com/anirkn1l.html and these pulls: http://www.dlawlesshardware.com/antique-iron-cup-pull.html They are called antique iron, but pretty similar to a pewter. : )
Jade Brunet says
We are happy to be remodeling our kitchen because we know it will increase the property value of our home. Thank you for this article about how to install kitchen cabinets. I will especially benefit from what was said about how one should hold a cabinet up to determine which hole is centered up with where you want your hardware. Marking it with a pencil would work great. I will be happy to have even and lined up cabinets. Thanks.
Owen Blake says
Kitchen renovation is one of the important part of home improvement. When you should do kitchen renovation then first point is you should make a plan. After that decide the budget. Then decide the flooring material. Kitchen counter-tops and appliances are also important. But when you should install the kitchen cabinet then you should keep some important points in your mind. Use the door rail, then temporarily attach the hardware. In your blog you really give the clear idea, how to install cabinet hardware. You can refer this: https://kitchenemp.net/kitchens/
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