Give your Doors and cupboards a facelift

 

It is said that change is as good as a holiday and there are a few things you can change around the house that will give it a face lift.

Update kitchen cabinets with new door handles. Slimline pull handles don’t come loose as readily as knobs, although installation requires drilling an extra hole to line up with the existing one. Your local building supplies store will carry a wide range of handles for every application they will also give out advice on how to install

With this I put in the most stylish handles I could find from oh-art.co.za and handlesinc.co.za

 

Make a handle jig
Jigs give you a template to space holes accurately. They’re inexpensive to buy and come in a range of sizes and materials such as plastic or Perspex . To make your own handle jig, Measure the centre-to-centre hole in the new handle with a ruler or measuring tape. Use a piece of cardboard or scrap piece of wood to make the jig. Attach two 20 mm-wide strips at right angles on adjacent edges. Mark the position where the hole will be drilled and check them against the handle. Drill two 2 mm holes and countersink them slightly.

 

1 Drill an extra hole
Use the jig to mark up screw holes. Remove the old knob and position the jig over the existing hole. Use a self-centring 2 mm bit to drill a pilot hole, drilling both holes for each door slightly larger than the diameter of the screws.

2 Measure the screw length
Make sure the screw thread matches the new handle. Check the length of thread required, which is the door thickness plus about 3 mm. Clamp the screw in a vice and cut in the nearest groove between threads with a hacksaw.

 

3 Fit the handles
File the end of the screw thread to remove burrs. Position a screw in a hole from inside the door and thread it onto the handle by hand. Repeat with the second screw. Tighten screws with a screwdriver to pull the handle towards the door.

Tip

When cutting any bolt to length, try this… Turn a nut onto the bolt and turn it to beyond the cutting point. Then cut the bolt, and unscrew the nut – as you turn it off, so the nut’s thread will align that of the cut end of the bolt, and remove burrs at the same time. Simple!

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Posted on January 26, 2012, in DIY, Great decorating ideas and tips, Interior decorating on a budget, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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