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Tips on Buying Replacement Cabinet HingesBy: Danny Lipford
To improve the look of your kitchen or bathroom cabinets, consider replacing the hinges and knobs. Trying to paint old hinges doesn’t work very well, so it’s better to replace them with new hinges.
Take an existing hinge with you when buying new hinges and make sure:
- The screw pattern on the new hinges matches the old ones.
- The offset on the new hinges is the same as the existing ones.
- The footprint of the new hinges matches the old ones.
Watch this video to find out more.
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Danny Lipford: All right, there you go, there’s your screws.
You know we get a lot of questions about is it feasible to paint existing cabinet hinges. And to tell you the truth, not really, because you still have to remove the hinge. And then it’s best to spray them, if you were going to do that. But regardless you’re going to end up with paint flaking all around the movable parts of the hinge.
And when you think about it, two hinges and a knob like this cost less than five dollars a door—it’s really not worth it.
But here’s something you have to be real careful with. When you’re in the aisles of the home center, make sure you bring with you one of the old hinges, because there’s a lot of differences here.
First of all you want to make sure your screw pattern is exactly the same. You also want to make sure the offset in the hinge is the same. And the footprint on the screws that go into the cabinet itself are the same, that way you don’t have any touch-up, any worry, and when you get to this stage in the game, it makes it go real easy.