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Once upon a time, I bought some hardware for the kitchen cabinets and drawers. I thought, “Gee, this would be a swell update to the kitchen, but I’m a little intimidated by drilling holes into the cabinet doors.”
And so I waited. And waited. And waited some more. Until three years had passed and a nice, thick layer of dust had coated the hardware sitting on a shelf in the laundry room. Then I thought, “Stop being such a pansy and replace the hardware that’s been needling you since you threw down the money for pretty oil rubbed bronze handles.”
Then I had an idea, a fool-proof way to get everything to line up properly. I made a three sided box out of leftover pieces of trim, measured where the holes were for the handle, drilled them, and screwed a handle to the box to make sure everything was just right. Bolstered by my creation, I drilled a hole and fastened the handle to the door.
And it was 1/16” off. 1/16th! I turned into a puddle of goo and despaired. My fool-proof creation was more fool than proof, and now I had a hole I couldn’t use in the door!
My Charles helped scrape me off the floor and mold me back into a human shape. He told me to putty the hole, wait for it to dry, and then measure again. “I can’t!” I wailed. “I suck too much!” But after moping a bit, I realized that I could put a bit of tape on the cabinet, measure it, and get the hole in the proper spot. I ended up using my sewing tape to measure since it laid flat against the wood and was easy to hold in place, and because it was only 1/16th off, the handle still covered the puttied hole.
With a few deep breaths, I tried again, and now I have beautiful, new(ish) hardware making my 70s cabinets a bit more modern. The drawer knobs – well, there wasn’t any angst involved with those guys. It was one screw in, screw knob in place, voila. I love how hefty they feel. Opening drawers feels so opulent now.
And so endeth the adventure of the cabinet hardware. We all lived happily ever after – at least until my next attempt at should-be-simple DIY.
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