One of the easiest ways to get a new look for your home is to change out the hardware on your kitchen cabinets, and even your bathroom ones, too. It is one of the least expensive remodels you can do, and it can be done in a weekend.
It is relatively easy, too. To do a weekend remodel using kitchen cabinet knobs, you want to do your homework first. For example, you want your knobs to match the existing or planned décor of your home. If you have a country kitchen, you may want to go with some glass knobs for a retro, farmhouse look or blue and white porcelain for a French country appearance. Or you can go with something that fits your passions. If you have a garden-themed kitchen, for instance, consider using kitchen cabinet kitchen knobs in the shape of fruits and vegetables or even garden implements.
In recent years, manufacturers have turned out a huge variety of knobs, both more traditional styles and ones that are very unique. If you want to go more traditional, you can think about matching your knobs to the colors of your countertops or the metal of your fixtures, appliances or range hood.
You can also choose to go with the period your kitchen was done in. For example, if you have a Victorian home, you may want to go with matching kitchen cabinet knobs that were in use at the time. You could purchase actual antique knobs, but you may find it cheaper to go with reproductions that are new.
As you can see, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to choosing new knobs. You’re only limited by your imagination and your budget. Knobs range in price from less than a buck a piece to $10 or more, depending on the style, manufacturer and materials.
Replacing the knobs is easy.
Remove the old knobs and pulls with a screwdriver. You’ll have to empty out your drawers first. If the cabinet area that was around the knob is dirty, clean it while you have the knobs off or plan on purchasing back plates to cover up any scratches, dings or stains you can’t remove with a good cleaning.
If you’re just replacing knobs with new kitchen cabinet knobs, it should be a simple matter. If you’re replacing pulls with kitchen cabinet knobs, you may have to do some extra work, filling the two holes that were used for a pull and then drilling a new hole for the single knob. The best way to do this is to make a master template for the placement of a knob on the drawers. Do one drawer, make the template based on that drawer and then use it for the others. This will help you make sure that the hole is in the same place and at the same height on every cabinet drawer facing.
Remember that if you use backplates with the knobs, you may need slightly longer screws than those that came with the knobs.
If you’re replacing your kitchen cabinet knobs you probably have to replace the hinges and other hardware, too. If you’re using the same finish (i.e., the old knobs and hinges were brass, as are the new knobs), you may be able to get away with not replacing them.
If you’re on a budget, you may want to shop only for kitchen cabinet knobs that are in the same finish as the other cabinet hardware. This will allow you to do the whole kitchen in a weekend while saving some money you would have spent on new hinges for every cabinet in the room.
With the resale value of homes flat, remodeling the kitchen is an easy way to make the house you once hope you could sell feel like home again and with the right knobs, even feel a bit like a new home.