Kitchen: How to install cabinet hardware

Okay…. You very well know how I feel about things like thoroughness.  And being exact.  And little things like that.  Yawn.

Give me a big room to paint and I’ll whip through that thing in no time flat.

Want anything done fast but not necessarily perfectly?  I’m totally your girl.

 

Do you identify with me?  Yes?

 

Then this tutorial is for you, baby!

 

 

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Let’s be honest.

There are many times when I can afford to whip through stuff and forget the whole “exactness thing.”

Cabinet hardware?  That’s totally not one of them.

If they are even a little off, you can tooooootally tell.

Drives. Me. Crazy.

 

 

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So… I realized that I mentioned getting these in, but I never did a follow-up post on installing them!

 

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 Check out my previous post on D. Lawless and what I think of them….

(hint:  They have awesome quality and super price effective pulls and knobs.  I’ve ordered from them several times and highly recommend them.)

 

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When Handsome Man installed these, he had the brilliant idea of using the photocopier to make a template.

He just measured where he wanted the hardware…

Put the aforementioned hardware on the photocopier with the correct position…

And wah-LAH!  Simple template for drilling the holes!

 

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He just drilled right through the paper.  It got torn up a bit by the end, but totally worked anyway.

Brilliant baby, brilliant.

(Not sure if this was his original idea or a hack?  He does have a Pinterest account he checks every once in a while to see what I’m pinning.  Sweet isn’t he??!  Either way, he’s brilliant.)

 

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Did you know that if your cabinet hardware screws are too long, you can trim them using one of these electrical plier things??

This is something I TOTALLY never knew…   Please tell me I’m not the only one!

 

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 Thread the screw in to the appropriate length…

Squeeze the living daylights outta the thing…

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And boom.

It’s the right length!

Word to the wise:  Do NOT screw it in backwards.

 And don’t ask me how I know.

 I just know.

Leaving it at that.

 

 

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 Much better.

 

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Feel free to snicker at Handsome Man’s bedhead! 😉

Repeat with all knobs and pulls…

 

 

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Then stand back and admire your sexy new cabinet bling!

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Check out the DIY built-in coffee bar that’s rockin’ my dining room!!

 

 

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You know how I mentioned that I have a tendency to do projects at my friend, Emily’s house… Fall in love with them… And then re-create the project in my own house?

Yeah… Guilty again.

 

My coffee bar is no exception.  That goes for the upper cabinets anyway…

 

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We already had this buffet that fits PERFECTLY in this space.  It actually belonged to Handsome Man’s great-grandparents.  I got it from his grandpa’s auction before we were even “official.”  We were “just friends” at the time.

Didn’t THAT work out well?? 🙂

It was soooooo empty up there though…. and all that storage I was missing out on….  I was totally itching to re-create Emily’s built-in coffee bar!

And yes, unbeknownst to me, I was photographing my terribly attractive blue pj’s with clouds all over them.  Sexy, right?  😉

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You guys must think I never do anything!!! All these pictures of Sam working oh, so, hard.  Honest!  Right before I took this picture, I was holding those cabinets up by myself while Sam screwed them into place!  Haha!!!

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I’ll go ahead and mention… Even though I don’t know a whole lot about this part…

When he was screwing the cabinets together, he mentioned that you should always drill pilot holes so the cabinets don’t crack and something about he was screwing at an angle because it actually gives more support.

That, and those were the only finish screws we had on hand and we didn’t want to make a trip just to get more finish screws. lol!   They were a shade too long, but if he put them in at an angle, they were perfect!  My man is so smart. 🙂

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Clooooose up!

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

4 little cabinets, all in a row!  Now bring on the paint, baby!

We finished off the sides and underside of the cabinets with bead board.  We also inserted 1x’s on the underside between the cabinets and the bead board for the cup hooks you’ll see later

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You know the drill…

Primer…

2 top coats…

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Looking clooooser!!!

We added an old scrap 2×4 up top to attach the crown molding to.

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The crown molding TOTALLY finishes it off!  It looks AWESOME!!!

A post on how to install crown molding coming soon!!!! 🙂

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Look!!! It’s me!!!!  And I’m working!

That’s my arm screwing in cup hooks for out mugs to hang on.

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TAAAA-DAAA!!!!!!!

This built-in coffee bar is ready to roll, baby!!!

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Guess what caaaaaaaame today??! Cabinet hardware, baby!

YES!!!!!

 

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Just placed an order with D. Lawless…

I’ve never ordered from them but so far so good!!!  I’ve always heard great things about them from other bloggers, but had never even visited their website.

Last week I did.  That was mistake #1 the best choice I ever made!  My kitchen cabinets are going to love me when I put on their new jewelry!

D. Lawless has TONS of pulls, handles, and knobs for really really great prices!!!

 

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For instance… These cup pulls?  (My favorite style of cabinet hardware)

They are from Williams-Sonoma and are originally $19.87.  I did not pay that, of course.  I am admittedly WAY to cheap for that! 😉

I paid $4.10 each.

Can I get an OH YEAH?!?!?!

That’s an awesome price for cup pulls let alone ones that are so nice and solid!  I’m totally in love!  They’re a brushed satin silver finish and they’re the perfect blend of brushed satin so they won’t show finger prints as much, yet slightly shiny enough to add some bling to ‘ma kitchen! 😉

The knobs are also the brushed satin silver and I also scored those for a mere $2.00 each.

Awesomeness!

Can’t wait to get these babies onto their new homes!!! 😉

Yup.  Love.

I was in no way compensated by D. Lawless for this post…  

However if they’d like to, I’d be all for that!!! 

Before/After Coffee Bar… My Favorite Emily…

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Yes…. This was an AWESOME re-do!  Like my favorite ever!!!  So much so that I went home and did one in our dining room!

Actually it’s a little embarrassing how many projects I did at Emily’s and then came home and replicated.  lol!  Oh well.  If you like it, flaunt it.  😉

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{Photo compliments of Emily}

This is what we started with…  A beautiful blank wall just screaming for a coffee bar! 🙂

One thing you really must know about Emily and Allyn is that they are some of the most hospitable people I know.  It’s incredible!  So a coffee/drink bar was *just* the ticket for their hospitality needs!  And of course the extra storage in the kitchen has got to be good too. 😉

Check out some of our inspiration photos:

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Loved the hanging mugs…

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Loving the open cabinets….

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Again with the open cabinets and the bead board backsplash…  Also keen on that butcher block countertop.

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First we started with the lower cabinets.  Which were actually upper cabinets, installed on the bottom.  I think Allyn was the one who wanted this… Can’t remember for sure…  But it turned out AWESOME!!!!   Basically the big difference is that they are only 12 inches deep instead of the standard 24 inches.  It provided storage without taking up too much space in the room.  We built the cabinets up with 2×6’s thereby making them look very custom and built-in.  It also brought the countertop to a PERFECT drink bar height.  *Love*

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Then Allyn & Sam started hanging the uppers.  Never an easy task, but they totally rocked it!  Way to go guys!

Especially Allyn.

 Because Sam is missing from this picture.  Not sure where he is! 😉

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Oh there he is!

My handsome man!

After all the uppers were hung, we were ready to paint.

What I WASN’T expecting was THIS!!!!

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 Yes… When you get cabinets at Home Depot instead of Menards, you’ll see that the insides are glossy.  Even if you use liquid de-glosser first, you may find yourself looking at something that looks like an albino leopard gone very, very wrong when you prime it.

Our fix?  Wipe off the paint and give it a light coat of spray paint primer.  THEN coat with regular primer and 2 coats of white semi-gloss paint.  And then all will be well with the world. 😉

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Our faux butcher block countertops…  (Actually 2- 2×8’s stained and sealed like crazy.)

We stained them outside, then brought them in… Installed the first one… Loaded the crack up with clear caulking… and installed the 2nd one.

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Then the guys went to town putting up crown molding.

 Step 1: Watch YouTube’s on how to cut crown molding. 😉

Whatever the case, it turned out AWESOME!!!

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Yes. Yes.

Handsome Man is wearing Elmo pants.  Because that’s how he rolls.  😉

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Next Step?  Bead board backsplash, underneath the upper cabinets, on the sides of the lowers and covering the 2×6 faming on the frontside of the uppers.  A little glue… A few finish nails with the nail gun…  Whaaalaaa!

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We used strips of wood to rest the shelving on because we liked it better than the plastic brackets that came with the cabinets. (We painted these after Handsome Man installed them, of course)   We also caulked the holes that come in the cabinets because we weren’t going to move the shelves anyway and it just looks better now.  😉

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Getting clooooooser!!!

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Here it is pretty much FINISHED!!!!  After we left, they finished priming and painting the backsplash… But it looks SO FANTASTIC now!!!!

TOTALLY LUUUUURVE how it turned out!!!

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Love this girl!

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And this man… Even if he does wear Elmo pants… and Crocs… And dress up like a lion and go around the kitchen roaring.  😉

Also while we were there we painted all the other cabinets in their kitchen… It brightened it up SO MUCH!!!!

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Wow!

DIY in Real Life.com: Kitchen Before/After

DIY in Real Life.com: Kitchen Before/After

DIY in Real Life.com: Kitchen Before/After

This was a SUPER simple addition that REALLY tied the room together between the old cabinets and the new cabinets in the coffee bar area.  Little bead board pieces and corner round.  Nice!!!

Overall… This was SUCH a fun project to do with Emily and Allyn!

You should check out their other blog posts showing what all went down before we ever got there!!!!   Wood flooring… the removal of entire walls…  LOVE where they’ve taken this house!!!!!!

http://allynandemily.blogspot.com/2011/03/let-construction-begin.html

and

http://allynandemily.blogspot.com/2011/03/view-from-my-kitchen.html

 

 

 

 

 

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