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How To Replace Kitchen Cabinet Doors

If you want to give your kitchen a whole new look without breaking the bank, you might want to consider changing your kitchen cabinet doors.  This is an easy project that requires minimal DIY experience and can be completed in just a few hours.  Read on to find out how.

What you'll need

  • replacement cabinet doors
  • screwdriver
  • light oil
  • an assistant
  • cabinet door knobs

You'll find everything you need for this project in good DIY stores.  Alternatively, you might find a wider range of cabinet door choice at a kitchen supplies store.


Begin by checking the hinges on the existing cabinet doors.  If they're sturdy and in good condition, you probably won't need to replace them, and that will save you money.  The majority of "off-the-peg" replacement kitchen cabinet doors are pre-drilled to fit industry standard 35mm diameter hinges, but check with the supplier before you buy if you're not sure whether your old hinges will fit.

Measure your existing cabinet doors and note down the dimensions.  Measure the height of the cabinets from the top of the cabinet body to the bottom, and measure the width of the cabinets from one side to the other.

Take the measurements with you when you go cabinet shopping, and ask the supplier to pre-drill the hinge holes in the doors for you if they're not already in place.

How to fit your new kitchen cabinet doors

  1. Begin by removing the old cabinet doors.  Start with the top hinge and feel around the back of it to locate the clip.  Pull the clip forwards until it releases, then do the same with the bottom hinge.  The door will now lift off.  Start at one end of the room and work methodically to the other to keep your workspace tidy and clear of obstructions.  
  2. Now you can begin fitting your lovely new cabinet doors.  It's a good idea to "borrow" an extra pair of hands for this job to hold each door still while you screw the hinges into place.  This prevents the door from dropping and placing a strain on the hinge as you tighten the screws. To attach each new door, simply align the pre-drilled holes in the door with those in the hinges.  While your helper holds the door in place, insert the screws and fasten them securely.  When you've finished, test the door to make sure it opens correctly.  If the hinges are old ones, it's a good idea to apply a few drops of light oil to ensure they operate smoothly.  Wipe away any excess with a clean cloth.
  3. If you want to give your new cabinet doors a real sense of individuality, you could replace the door knobs with something that reflects the décor scheme in your kitchen.  To do this, simply remove the washer and nut from the back of the existing knob's screw and slide the whole thing out.  Replace the old with the new and reapply the washer and nut to the back of the screw.

In conclusion

You don't have to spend a fortune on brand new kitchen cabinets or invest hours on a new paint job to give your room a total makeover.  Simply replace tired old cabinet doors with new ones, and give them a unique look by substituting the door knobs for a style of your choice.