Replacing your cabinet hardware with new hinges and knobs is an easy way to give your kitchen or bathroom a new look. Some new hardware might be all it needs, or maybe you plan on redecorating entirely. Either way, we'll give you the run-down on how to replace your old cabinet hardware.

 How to Replace Old Cabinet Hardware

You will need...


New hinges and/or cabinet knobs and/or pulls

Screws (usually come with hardware)

Measuring tape

Jig template



Drill bit


Wood filler

150 grit sandpaper


Replacing Hinges


Step 1: Remove the cabinet doors from the cabinets and remove the hinges.


Step 2: Measure and align the new hinges along the cabinet door. If the new holes match up with the old, you can use them. If the old holes are covered by the hinge, move on to step 3a. If they aren't, and the old holes would be visible, move on to step 3b.


Step 3a: Make a pilot hole with a drill bit that is the same size as the screws you're using. Attach the hinges to the doors with the screws.


Step 3b: Use wood filler to fill in the old holes. Wait overnight for the wood filler to dry all the way, and sand it with 150 grit sandpaper in a circular motion until the surface is smooth. The old holes should be undetectable. Once finished, you can create new holes.


Note: You can use wood filler that is the same color as the wood of the cabinet, so it will blend in. The color won't matter if you plan on priming and painting the cabinet.


Replacing Cabinet Knobs or Pulls


Step 1: Remove the old knobs or pulls from your cabinets and drawers.


Step 2: Determine exactly where you'll be placing the new knobs/pulls. Measuring tape and jig template will help you place the new holes evenly and uniformly.


You might be able to get away with covering the old holes, or you might be able to use the old holes, and you won't have to drill new ones. If this is the case, you won't need to fill in the old holes. If the old holes would be visible, move on to step 3.


Step 3: Fill in the old holes with wood filler in the same color as the wood of the cabinet. Let the filler dry overnight, and then sand it down smooth with 150 grit sandpaper.


Step 4: Mark where you will place the new holes with a pencil. Create a pilot hole with the drill bit and install the new cabinet knobs or pulls.