Upgrade Your Kitchen Cabinets for Less Than $100

Looking for a quick and inexpensive way to upgrade your kitchen cabinets? Install or replace the handles.

If you just built or moved into a new house, your cabinets may not have handles. Or if your home is older, a new set of handles can update the look of your entire kitchen. Adding handles is an easy project that only takes a couple hours and adds a finished touch to your cabinets and protects them from wear and tear. Here are the steps on how to get started:

Determine style of handlesKitchen - Traditional Monteith-Legault Real Estate Company

Want a clean modern feel? Try a straight simple handle in brushed nickel or chrome. For a more traditional style, a handle with an oil rubbed bronze or black finish looks great. If the hinges on your cabinets are visible, you will want to keep that in mind when selecting a color (unless you plan on replacing those as well). Also make sure to count how many handles you will need.

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Determine placement of handles

The best $6 you can spend for this project is on a template tool. This easy guide allows you to mark and drill holes and will save you a lot of time and frustration. While the tool provides several standard measurements to use as a starting point, depending on how your cabinet doors are shaped, you may want to adjust where you put your handles.

Mark holes and drill

Mark where you are going to put your handles. Make sure to use the same positioning on every door and drawer consistently and don’t forget to measure twice, drill once!

Install new handle

Use screws to fasten handles and keep in mind that you may need longer screws for the drawers as the wood is typically thicker than the doors. Kitchen - Traditional Monteith-Legault Real Estate Company

For more advice and easy upgrades to improve the look and value of your home, contact us today.

Josh Monteith