How To Replace Knobs And Drawer Pulls: Odd Sized To Regular Sized

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Refinishing furniture takes a good deal of work. From stripping down old veneer to sanding, cleaning and finally re-staining or painting your piece of furniture - it's tough work, but worth it in the end. Once you have your piece of furniture refinished to your liking, the last thing you would normally do is replace the drawer knobs and pulls. With older pieces of furniture, the holes for the drawer pulls may be a little odd sized compared to the standard size (usually 3") sold in hardware stores today. In order to replace the old knobs and pulls, you may have to put in a little more work to finish the job. See below for tips on how to replace the old odd sized drawer pulls with new standard sized pulls.

Refurbishing Hardware

If you want to keep the old pulls/knobs, rather than change the hole spacing on your furniture, you can simply refurbish your old pulls/knobs.

  1. Lay out all of your pulls/knobs on a surface safe for spray painting.
  2. Use spray primer to prime the pulls/knobs and then allow them to dry.
  3. Spray paint the pulls/knobs using the finish and color of your choice.

Instead of painting, you can also clean up the old pulls/knobs using a hardware cleaner in order to restore the old hardware to its original shine.

Replacing Hardware

If replacing the old hardware to new hardware with the standard sized hole spacing, follow the instructions below. 

  1. You'll need to fill in the old hardware holes with wood filler. Look for a fast drying wood filler that is both strong and durable. You can find wood filler at most hardware stores.
  2. Once the wood filler is dry, sand the area smooth, wipe clean and then add your stain or paint to match.
  3. Create a template with the new hardware to mark where the holes will be, and then begin drilling the holes in your furniture. Be sure the holes are centered on your drawer front.
  4. Once you have your holes drilled, you can add your new updated drawer pulls.

You can sometimes find the odd sized drawer pulls to match your old holes, but they can be more expensive and difficult to find. By changing the old holes to the standard sized holes (3"), your options for drawer pulls are greater, cheaper, and much easier to find. Changing the holes adds some more work to your refinishing task, but it isn't too difficult to do. 

For more information about furniture refurbishing, contact a company like Leisure Furniture & Powder Coating Inc.

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