REPLACING DRAWER FACES

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About: 1945 was a very good year. No, not for wine ... for me. I was born. Yes, I'm old, Father William, but brillig, and my slithy toves still gyre and gimble in the wabe. So let me welcome you to the Little Sho...

Due to a leak we had to have some cabinets replaced in the kitchen. Wifey picked out what she liked since there was no way to match what we had. Besides, the cabinets we had were not the best quality. The drawer faces were peeling. I assured Wifey that I could replace the drawer faces. And, thus, this Instructable. The picture shows the new cabinets.

The beadboard doors were also recreated to replace the doors on the other cabinets. But that is not what this Instructable is about.

Step 1: OLD DRAWER FACES

The new cabinet drawer faces were square edged. As you can see in this picture what we had was a rounded edge that was not wood but some sort of plastic over pressboard. And it was peeling in places.

Step 2: NEW FACES

I measured and cut new faces and painted them to match the color of the new cabinets.

Step 3: I ADDED BLOCKING

The existing drawer bodies were imbedded into the back of the drawer faces. I installed blocking in each drawer in preparation for cutting off the drawer faces. Had I not done this the drawer body would probably distort as soon as I removed the face.

Step 4: SAWZALLED THE FACES

I disconnected the tracks, brought them into the garage and used a reciprocating saw to remove all the faces. Then i reattached the tracks and lined up the drawer faces and screwed them through the blocking in place.

Step 5: TOOK MY TIME

The most painstaking part was to make sure the drawer face lined up with either the drawer or door below and above it. This was a few years ago. (Yes, I sign and date all my work as seen in the first picture) We downsized and moved to our new house in 10/2017. Some of the new Instructables I've posted are from Honey-Dos and bare necessities.

Oh, oh... Ear worm. 'Scuse me while I sing:

Look for the bare necessities,

The simple bare necessities.

Forget about your worries and your strife.

Hope you enjoyed this Instructable and it was informative.

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    I have never thought it was possible to change the drawer faces of my storage cabinets. I thought it needs to be done as a whole set which means changing the entire door set individually. I have always been procrastinating in view of the tremendous workload, but you have shared a very useful piece of info! Thanks.

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    Hi, Cameron. Yes, it is a very simple project: replacing drawer faces. Just take your time and think it through. God luck with the project -- if you decide to give it a go. --Kink--