Cabinet Hardware: An Easy Weekend Facelift

As any homeowner knows, bathroom and kitchen cabinets are not cheap. When you remodel your home, a lot of thought goes into them, knowing that you’ll be looking at them for a very long time. Cabinet hardware, though, can give your bathrooms and kitchen an entirely new look without a major remodel.

As you know, cabinet hardware is fairly easy to change out, particularly the knobs or pulls. An entirely new look can be created in just a couple of hours with a screwdriver and some elbow grease. If you’re changing from knobs to pulls or from pulls to knobs, that can be a little more work, since you’ll need to do a little filling with wood putty and some re-drilling.

Changing out the other cabinet hardware is a bit more work. This includes the draw slides and the hinges. However, you don’t really have to worry about these if they are in good working order. Unless the hinges show, you don’t really need to fuss with this cabinet hardware at all and quite frankly, replacing hinges and draw slides can be a handyman’s nightmare, since it can be hard to get everything to hang straight or move smoothly.

Thankfully, these pieces of cabinet hardware rarely need replacing. Once you have all your hardware changed out, what do you do with the old ones?

While you could just throw your cabinet hardware away, that’s really a waste of resources these days. In our eco-friendly world, giving these items a new lease on life is not only good for the environment, but helps others out at the same time.

Well, if you have a workshop with cabinets, you can take your old kitchen and bathroom hardware and freshen up the look of the workshop. A lot of garage cabinets have pretty pedestrian cabinet hardware and chances are good that the ones in your kitchen or bathroom look far better than the ones in the garage.

The same can be said of any other drawers or cabinets in your home. For example, you can repurpose your old cabinet hardware by using them on the drawers and doors in your pantry or walk-in closet. You can even use them in a child’s playhouse to add a little beauty and charm to their play area.

If you have kids who are getting their first starter home and are tapped for any money to remodel, you may want to pass your hardware on to them so they can give their kitchen or bathroom a new look that is also a touch of the home they grew up in.

Many communities these days have recycling centers that take in fixtures, wood, windows, doors and hardware from homes being remodeled so they can be sold to others who are looking for the stuff you no longer need. These centers may be able to accept your old hardware so someone else can enjoy them in their home.

Before you do call around or stop by your local reclaim center, you’ll want to make sure that all the cabinet hardware is still in good shape, relatively free of nicks, scratches or scrapes. You’ll also want to make sure that you include the bolts and screws with the hardware.

If you purchased a few different styles, finishes and models to see what you liked the best and have the extra ones you didn’t select, you can use them, too. Most homes have a single door, closet or storage space that is begging for a new knob or pull. This can include a crawl space hatch, the accHess door to the attic or one that leads under the house. These don’t really need to have a matching knob or pull and are perfect for those one-of-a-kinds you were testing out but didn’t find to your liking.

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