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.
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.