5 steps to drawer replacement
Whether you are looking for a quick kitchen update or a major home renovation, replacement drawers are an easy and cost-effective way to update the look and functionality of your cabinetry. But you do not have to replace the entire drawer or cabinet.
New drawer fronts: Inexpensive alternative to replacement drawers
Repairing and refacing drawer fronts is economical and simple. Here are five straightforward steps to make your old kitchen drawers work and look like new:
- Remove the old drawer from the cabinet. Check the track and remove any debris or damage blocking the slides.
- Evaluate the wear and tear on the hardware of the drawer. Check the rollers or ball bearings, and replace them if needed. The cost of this hardware starts around $5 per drawer, so don't hesitate to replace it if it is worn. New hardware can make all the difference in the functionality of the drawer.
- Replace the drawer slide if necessary. Consult a local home improvement store or lumber yard, as many offer drawer track replacement kits. These kits cost less than $5 each and contain everything needed to repair a wooden drawer track or slide.
- Remove the drawer front. Usually glued, the face of the drawer can be rebuilt or replaced if the drawer box is still in good condition. Another affordable alternative to new drawers is to order customized drawer fronts to fit the current drawer box. New, unfinished maple wood drawer fronts, for example, run between $10 and $30 per front.
- Do additional research. Look for raw, unfinished wood products or do-it-yourself kits which, with a little extra work on your part, can mean big savings on replacement drawer and cabinet projects.
Simply follow these five easy steps to repairing and refacing cabinet drawers, and your home improvement dollars will stretch farther than you expected.
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