Renovations almost always take longer than planned. It’s just a fact of renovating, especially in an old house.
We were winding down in the kitchen, but things were still crazy. Being busy at work on top of renovating an entire house, we decided to have our contractor install the kitchen cabinet handles for us just to get it done and be one step closer to having the renovation complete.
Well … he drilled holes in all (yep, all) 41 cabinet doors before checking how the cabinet handles fit on the doors.
Word of warning: don’t ever do this!
Drill the holes for the handle on ONE cabinet door (preferably not one right in the middle of the kitchen!) and make absolutely sure that you like it there.
Or you could end up like us.
The cabinet handles looked awful. Really, really awful.
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Getting that phone call from the contractor was probably the worst day of the entire renovation (and if you’ve ever renovated a house, you know there are frustrating days!).
We were so excited about our beautiful brand new cabinets – but now they had each had two holes drilled in the completely wrong place.
Our contractor suggested leaving the holes and finding new cabinet handles that fit in these holes.
We went to just about every home improvement store in the Milwaukee area to look at new cabinet handles. The fact was, these holes were just way too low – there weren’t any cabinet handles that looked good drilled in at that level.
Plus, we really liked the cabinet handles that we had decided on.
Supply list for installing cabinet handles:
How to fix it if your cabinet handles are installed wrong:
This can be solved!
1. Put wood filler in the incorrectly drilled holes, and let it dry overnight.
The wood filler will contract a bit as it dries, so be sure you put enough in the hole (without overdoing it.)
2. Sand the door to get an even surface.
3. Buy paint.
We went back to Hobo, where we bought the cabinets, and bought the same paint that was originally used on our cabinets. You can always bring a cabinet door with you to a paint store to have them color match the color, too.
4. Use a paint sprayer to spray the paint over the filled holes.
Don’t use a paintbrush – using a paint sprayer makes the paint less likely to drip down the cabinet door.
If you’ve never used a paint sprayer before, I walk through the easy steps to use a paint sprayer here.
5. Let it dry.
You can still see the original holes on the inside of the cabinet doors if you look closely.
6. Drill new holes in the right place!
We moved our cabinet handles up slightly – to a more appropriate place – so the bottom of the cabinet handle actually covers the original (wrong) bottom hole – so you can’t even see it from the front.
Have you run into any problems installing kitchen cabinet handles? How’d you fix it?
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