4 Easy Cabinet Updates

In some cases, you can give your kitchen cabinets a whole new look and improved functionality with just a few minor improvements such as changing the cabinet pulls or upgrading the hardware. You can completely update the look of a kitchen by refacing or repainting cabinets.

With a European-style hinges, adjustments are easy with the turn of a screw.

With a European-style hinges, adjustments are easy with the turn of a screw.

Start with functionality. If your cabinet doors droop or shut poorly, adjust, repair, or change the hinges.

 

1. Tweak the Hardware

Some hinges have adjustment screws. If your doors are mounted with these and doors are out of alignment, the hinges may just need adjustment. In most cases, this just takes a turn of a screw to bring the door into line.  It may take a little experimentation: one screw adjusts the side-to-side position, one adjusts front-to-back, and one adjusts vertical alignment.

If your cabinet doors don't have adjustment screws, try tightening the screws that mount the doors to the cabinets.

If a mounting screw just spins when you try to tighten it, the screw hole is probably stripped.

Remove the screw, squirt a little white glue into the hole, and jamb some broken-off wooden matchsticks or toothpicks into the hole to fill it up with wood.

Changing cabinet pulls is a very quick and easy way to update a kitchen.  Photo: Masterbrand

Changing cabinet pulls is a very quick and easy way to update a kitchen. Photo: Masterbrand

Use a rag to wipe off any excess glue. Then, once the glue has dried, use a sharp chisel or utility knife to cut off the matchsticks or toothpicks flush with the surface.

Drill an undersized pilot hole, then drive-in the screw.

 

2. Update Pulls and Hinges

If your cabinet's hinges and pulls are over-the-hill, update them. Pull, in particular, are usually very easy to change-out for a new style.

Cabinet hinges take a little more work, but you can minimize the effort if you find an exact match for the hinge size.

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Get a grip! Stylish pulls are easy to use and offer a significant design element. Photo: Masterbrand

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Fix the Drawers

When drawers or sliding shelves are balky, adjust or replace the glides.

When drawers or sliding shelves are balky, adjust or replace the glides.

If drawers don't work well, repairing them is sometimes reasonably easy—often a matter of re-attaching or replacing drawer glides.

Drawer glides with metal ball bearings are the smoothest and most trouble-free. Be sure to get the right length and the correct type for attaching to either the drawer bottom or, more likely, drawer sides. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Add Organizers

Pull-out trash and recycling bins add utility and space efficiency. Photo: Kraftmaid

Pull-out trash and recycling bins add utility and space efficiency. Photo: Kraftmaid

Updating cabinets isn't only about appearance. You can bring outstanding performance to your cabinets by fitting them with efficient hardware systems that maximize organization, utility, and space usage.

Many types of organizers are available, from pull-out shelves to semi-cicrular swing-outs for corner cabinets. Accessory racks, specialty drawers, and pull-out trash receptacles are just some of the many available options.


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