I was waiting to post about this until I finished putting the longer pulls on the drawers, but since I seem to lets weeks and months roll by without bothering with drawer pulls, I thought maybe I’d post this now. Perhaps it will motivate me.
My main goal in putting my hardware on my cabinets was to not screw up. Oh, how I wanted to not screw up. This meant I took my sweet time with it and didn’t let myself drive the drill sleep-deprived. I also used pretty much every tip I found on the internet just to be on the safe side, so yeah, this ended up being kind of a lot of work.
First I taped over the area that was going to be drilled with painters low-adhesive tape. Why? So that the drill tip wouldn’t walk around on the drawer. This really worked great. Highly recommend it. And you don’t feel as concerned about marking up your cabinets that way.
Then I bought this hole-drilly-thinger for about $8 at Home Depot. It fits over the corner of a cabinet and has holes for making at various points you may want to use. This gives you a consistent measurement for all of the pulls.
I taped off all the holes I wasn’t using on my tool so I wouldn’t get confused.
Then I put the thinger on the corners of the cabinets and marked things. EASY!
Or, wait a minute. Hm. Why are some of these marks seemingly higher than the ones on the cabinet next to them. Aaaaah! If the cabinets doors are even slightly off in the way they are hung, the hole-drilly-thinger is going to give you marks that are the same amount off as the doors. There’s a great example in this picture. See how the one door is higher than the other? If you just use the hole-drilly-thinger, the pull on that door will be exactly that much higher than the pull next to it. NOT a good look.
But hey, my pulls are totally even. How did that happen? With great, great care, and a carpenter’s level. I took out the level to check each of the sets of pulls and fixed things where they needed it which was about 50% of the sets. This was an annoying step which almost made me regret buying the hole-drilly-thinger, but no. That tool saved me a ton of time. Oh, hole-drilly-thinger, I could never stay mad at you.
There was still one more step before I drilled anything. I took a little finishing nail and tapped it slightly in to each of the marks to make sure my drill bit started right where it was meant to. Another really good move that didn’t save time, but did save my cabinets from being massacred.
Once that was done, drilling was a piece of cake. The actual drilling took no time at all after the marking was meticulously made and the cabinets prepped.
I think I did a good job. I think maybe I did an even better job than someone who didn’t own the kitchen would have done because I was willing to take great care.