Now that we’ve got the lowdown on how to paint kitchen cabinets, there’s only one sure-fire way to install kitchen cabinet hardware in a jiff. That’s what we in the do-it-yourself biz refer to as a cabinet hardware jig.
This particular handy dandy device costs less than $25 and is guaranteed to save you time, money and plenty of pre-drilling mishaps. If you’re painting existing kitchen cabinets, you can putty up old holes, sand ‘em smooth, and breathe new life with a simple jewelry switcheroo.
After a month of painting kitchen cabinets, the last thing I was prepared to do was misalign a knob or pull. Ain’t nobahdy got time for that. Thank you, cabinet jig.
Let me show you how easy it’s done.
KNOBS + PULLS WISHLIST
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Cabinet hardware jig
Drill bit (matched to size of hardware screws)
Door hardware (knobs or pulls)
Phillips head screwdriver
Wax paper, optional
This particular jig needs minor assembly—make sure rulers are facing upright and drill guides upward! There are four drilling guides, three mobile guides, two rulers, and a cross-support base. A measuring tape will come in handy for precisely lining up drawer fronts and screw holes on pulls.
There’s quite the arsenal of cabinet jigs available on the market:
First, decide on where you’d like to install the hardware. Here’s some great guides on Pinterest to get you started. Use a piece of painter’s tape to avoid scratches and damage to the paint.
For knobs, secure the main cross support and center drill guide precisely in the spot of your liking. For corner knobs, align one of the mobile guides to hold the jig snugly in place, then pre-drill away! For centered knobs, a measuring tape will be helpful to line up the jig.
For pulls, measure the spacing between screw holes and set the width on two mobile guides. Secure the main cross support to your desired height from the top of drawer fronts or width on the side for an upright, vertical design.
Peel away the painter’s tape, and secure your hardware, baby! For a classic look, I directly centered all of my pulls to the drawer fronts and my cabinet door knobs just above (uppers) or below (lowers) the face frame.