12.27.2012

After the holiday season comes DIY season!

After all the excitement of the holidays are over the DIY season hits in my house!  We live in a snow state so winter is a great time to tackle indoor projects.  This year, with a new house, we have a LOT to do.  But one of the simplest projects that can make a HUGE impact is cabinet hardware!!!! I'm so excited to show you the new hardware I picked up at True Value Hardware.  I've been drooling over it for years and this new kitchen was perfect for it.

Here is he before.  The drawer pulls were custom made and very cute, but not our style.  Plus there were some missing.




And here is the after!




Since the old hardware was custom it was an odd size.  Which meant a little more work and the perfect opportunity to share some DIY skills with you!

What you need-
Your new hardware
Wood filler
Putty knife
Sand paper
Paint (we used EasyCare Platinum Paint & Primer in One)
Drill
Screwdriver (we recommend the Master Mechanic's Swift Driver!)

Alright.  It's not a difficult task, but it can be time consuming if you need to change the orientation of your hardware.  First, remove all your old knobs.  Then fill the old holes with your wood filler.


It doesn't have to be beautiful to start.  Once it's dry you will lightly sand and paint over these areas.



Pick up your favorite brand of paint from your local True Value Hardware.  I prefer an eggshell finish. A paint and primer in one (like EasyCare Platinum Paint & Primer in One) saves a lot of time also!

Once your holes are filled, dry, sanded, painted and dry again (this usually happens in the time it takes you to work your way around the kitchen so there isn't as much dry time as it sounds like) you are ready to drill the holes for your new hardware!  We prefer to use a cordless drill.  Choose the bit that fits the size of your hardware, mark were your new handles will attach and create your new holes.  Once this is done it's time for the big finish!

If your kitchen is like mine you have a lot of cabinets.  Which means a LOT of screwing.  You will find that in hard to reach areas (like on drawers) it's nearly impossible to screw your hardware on with the electric drill.  Which means the good old hand screwdriver.  Which is miserable right?  Not anymore!  This year we discovered the Master Mechanic's Swift Driver, a whole new breed of driver tools!  It's a ratcheting screwdriver which means you can spin it back to your starting point without backing your screw out.  It came with all the interchangeable screwdriver bits so it's an all in one tool! It's ergonomic design has a soft grip, the shaft has a magnetic catch and there is bit storage right inside the handle!

The driver is a 29 piece tool that includes 7 phillips bits, 3 slotted, 3 square recess, 4 star, 6 SAE nut driver bits, a flexible extension to access hard to reach areas (this was the only thing we thought could be improved upon, there is no where to store the extension on the tool itself), plus the bit and case.  With a lifetime warranty this is a must have tool!  Available only at True Value stores and TrueValue.com

Enjoy your new hardware!  


This winter we will be tackeling our living room with lots of paint and maybe some new dry wall.  What's on your winter DIY to do list?

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