One of the best ways to make your kitchen look and function like new is to install new kitchen cabinets. However, installing a brand new kitchen cabinet system can be very expensive. Luckily, you can upgrade you kitchen cabinets without replacing them entirely. This article explains how you can make your cabinets look and function much better by installing new doors and hinges.
Ordering your new Doors
When shopping for doors, you first need to take measurements of your doors. Cabinetmakers can make doors in any size or style. You can choose the style you want and then give him the measurements for all of your doors. While your doors are being made, you can take your old doors off of the cabinet to prepare for the installation. The best way to remove the door is to remove the hinge from the cabinet box. This usually just takes a power drill with a phillips head bit. Most hinges are attached to the cabinet with just two screws.
Attaching the Hinges to the Door
If you order the right style of hinge, you can simply install your new hinge using the holes from the old hinge. However, if you want to buy a hinge that has a different setting, you will need to drill new holes into the cabinet. This is not very difficult. In fact, you can just drill the screws directly into the cabinet, you do not need to pre-drill the holes.
Hanging the Doors
When your hinges are attached, you can hang the doors. The cabinet doors will be made with special fittings that the other end of the hinge attaches to. You can usually pop the cabinet right in the place and it will hold itself up while you tighten the screws. At this point your doors should open and close with ease. If your door is not closing flush, you might need to make a few adjustments with the hinge. Hinges usually have small adjustment screws that you can tighten or loosen that affect its operation. Tinker with these screws for a bit until your doors close perfectly.
In the end, you will have new cabinet doors that completely change the look of your entire kitchen. When you think about it, the cabinet door is what truly defined the style of the entire cabinet. You will also enjoy the added functionality of new doors and hinges.