By justin. Drawer. Published at Sunday, April 16th, 2017 - 07:22:11 AM.
Fix Your Broken Kitchen Drawer - The Real Story My first project of my Fix-It-Up series is to fix the drawers in my kitchen. One runner had completely disappeared with no one admitting the deed, and the other rails were not staying in their tracks. This caused us over the months to push, pull and tug until one whole drawer front tore loose from the drawer itself. My hubby fixed that problem but the root of the problem remained-drawers that wouldnt slide. I purposefully picked a rather easy project for my first in the series for two reasons: one, to attempt to succeed in my first project (the vanity of it all), and two, because I had just finished putting away all my Christmas stuff the week before and I was tired! My trip to Home Depot for a replacement drawer runner was successful only because of a very helpful gentleman who couldnt help overhearing me and Geri talking to a nice, although clueless, Home Depot employee. This kindly bystander just happened to be a cabinet builder, lucky for us, and filled our heads with all kinds of advice and tips about drawer problems. Ill share those with you as we go. Here are the steps I took with explanations so you can master this task yourself. * First things first; empty the drawers. Heres a picture of my totally disorganized mess. One drawer with Tupperware and such, the other with small kitchen appliances and tools. * Take your good drawer: Or an example of what you need to the hardware store with you. This is invaluable. Dont fool yourself thinking youll be able to pick out what you need from the overwhelming mass of merchandise. Believe me, it will all look the same after you get there. * Clean the area first: After you pull out the drawers, clean the empty cabinet of old dust and filth. It will make working on your project easier. * Mount the hardware to the cabinet: This was pretty easy by following the directions that came with the railings and also following the example of the intact drawer. * Drill pilot holes: Its always better to drill small pilot holes before sinking your screw, especially into particle board. Particle board will split and crumble (it happened with this project to me even with a pilot hole. Nothing that a bit of wood glue couldnt fix.) * Adjust the back bracket: The brackets that attach to the back of the cabinet were intact, but over the years had moved so that the drawer fell out of the rail when you pushed it in. Each back bracket has two holes for screws, one that slides and one that anchors the bracket. - Unscrew and remove the anchor screw but leave the screw in the slide; loosen slightly. - Slide both brackets as far towards the middle of the cabinet as possible. In other words, all the way to one end of the slide. - Carefully put the drawer back in its railings, and slowly push the drawer all the way in. - Remove drawer. - Now the back railings are exactly where they need to be to hold the drawer since the drawer itself moved the back brackets to the exact location. Tighten the slider screw, and add a screw in the anchor slot after drilling a pilot hole. Most of the time, the back brackets are parallel to eachother. * Fix any problems with the drawer: My drawer (and this was the good one!) was beginning to separate (see photo). The bottom of my drawer was only held together with little staples, so I added some wood glue and hammered the staples back in place. I totally bent one staple trying to hammer it in, so I replaced it with a screw with a pilot hole drilled first. * Clean the drawers and surrounding woodwork: Heres your chance for a thorough cleaning. I like mild soap and water, followed by Liquid Gold. * Replace the shelf liner: Mine was faded, dirty and torn...it should be, it was 15 years old! But being the pack rat that I am, I still had the original roll with plenty left to replace it. Ahhh, fresh and new. * Organize: I proudly rid myself of at least 25-50% of the stuff. The rest, I placed neatly into storage containers and bins. While youre at it, tidy up the other drawers too. * Admire your work: Its OK to be proud of yourself.
Searching for the Best 2.5 Inch Drawer Pulls Looking for 2 ½ inch drawer pulls can be a big job, but it also can be an amazing adventure that will result in brand new hardware for your cabinets. Whether you need the 2 ½ inch drawer pulls for your kitchen or bathroom, there are many things that should be understood first. For example, what does it mean if the pull measures 2 ½ inches? Surprisingly, it is not the size of the entire pull, but rather the distance from the two holes for the screws. 2 ½ inch drawer pulls are among the most common sizes, although they are considered non-standard. If you are unsure what size pulls you need, take the time to measure the distance between the two holes. If the drawers are brand new, then it may be possible to use whatever size you want, depending on whether or not there are already holes drilled into the drawer. As you shop for 2 ½ inch pulls, it is important to keep several things in mind before making a decision. Size Although the 2 ½ inch pull size has been discussed when it comes to the distance between the holes, there are also some other sizing issues that are important. Most 2 ½ inch pulls are rather small with very little design that actually goes on the drawer itself. Some are extremely simple with just one piece of metal attaching the two holes, while others have a small ornate pattern on them. In most cases, drawers that require 2 ½ inch pulls will be rather small, so they are typically meant for fairly small drawers. However, it never hurts to take a sample of the drawer pull home and hold it up to the drawer so that you can be sure it will look proportionate. An undersized drawer pull just does not look right, and you may end up with stripped screws after a very short time if the size of the pull is not a good size for the drawer. Style Whenever you are choosing any kind of drawer pull, the style is always an important consideration. Remember that very ornate drawer pulls can be rather difficult to clean, especially when they are the smaller 2 ½ inch size. This is why so many of the available pulls that are this smaller size are so plain in comparison to the larger drawer pulls. In general, when choosing a style for your drawer hardware, look for a style that will go well with the rest of the kitchen or bathroom. Antique drawer handles will look rather strange in a country kitchen, an rustic styles do not mix well with modern or contemporary styles. Remember that you are not just choosing a drawer pull that you like, but you are also choosing one that must match with the rest of the room. Separating the style of the hardware out from the style of the rest of the room is always a mistake. Materials Another important thing to think about when choosing 2 ½ inch pulls is the material of the handle. Most handles are made of metal, especially these smaller sizes, but there are a few that come in glass or plastic. Metal is definitely the most durable material, although glass is a very close second. Plastic tends to break very easily, so while those adorable figures made out of plastic may be very tempting to purchase, it is best to resist the temptation and look for a different material that will last a lot longer.
Tips on Buying a Chest of Drawers Everything you need to know to find the best chest of drawers for your home If youre looking for bedroom storage, a chest of drawers can meet most of your needs - we have put together a list of things to consider before you buy Choosing a chest of drawer design Its a good idea to have a basic idea in mind before you start looking for a chest of drawers, otherwise you could find yourself changing your mind with every model you see and coming home empty handed. Think about whether you want the chest of drawers to be tall and narrow, or short and wide, and whether you need several small drawers at the top, or just a serious of large drawers. Its also worth thinking about how deep the drawers need to be Where will the chest of drawers go If the chest of drawers is going in a particular space, remember to make a note of the measurements to make sure it will fit when you get it home. If you are buying a wooden piece of furniture, remember it will need to be positioned away from any radiators or working fireplaces, as the heat can dry out and warp the wood. Some chest of drawers designs offer adjustable feet, which is worth considering if you have uneven flooring, as it eliminates the need to wedge something under one corner to stop it from wobbling. Chest of drawers design features If you are buying your chest of drawers on the internet, you should still try to visit a showroom and have a good look at them. There are certain design features that you should check, such as whether the drawers open smoothly on their runners and how easy it is to grasp the handles - practicality outweighs style at this stage, so if it seems like the drawers might be difficult to open when they are full, you will probably want to start your search again. Check the quality of the chest of drawers Obviously, the chest of drawers you buy should feel solid and strong, but you can also check that it is made well by looking at the drawers. Familiarise yourself with what dovetail joints look like, and check that they have been used to hold the front and sides of the drawers together. And lastly, run your hands over the insides of the drawers to make sure there are no rough areas that could snag clothing.
Consider Beautiful Oak Drawers to Compliment Your Interior If you happen to be shopping for that perfect piece of furniture to finish off your home, why not consider purchasing a beautiful oak chest of drawers? Of course, this is never anything that you should jump right into. The reason for this is because it is going to be a very expensive investment. It is probably a good idea to shop around before you decide. When you do make a final decision, it will be a position that you will treasure forever. There are a few different things that you should take into consideration before you purchase an Oak chest of drawers. The first thing that youre going to want to think of is how big of a space you have available to store the chest of drawers? There are so many different sizes available, there is always going to be something that will accommodate you. The next thing you should think about is what color would look best in your home? Of course, oak is a beautiful color, but if the rest of your home is done in Cherrywood that is not going to look right. It is not going to be easy for you to be able to match an existing piece of furniture because there are so many different shades of wood. If you cannot find something that is going to look absolutely beautiful, dont be afraid to keep shopping. The next thing that youre going to want to keep in mind is how much money are you willing to spend. Of course, solid oak wood is going to be a little bit expensive for most people. There is such a thing as oak veneer which is available in many stores. This is a great way to get the oak chest of drawers that you are looking for without the hefty price tag. Most people know that the oak has a reputation for being solid beautiful furniture. However there are many other options available and if you are willing to shop around you will definitely get a good deal. The next thing that youre going to want to keep in mind is what exactly will you be storing in this chest of drawers. For instance, if you had an entire closet full of sweaters you would never purchase a small three drawer dresser. Be sure that you are purchasing something that is going to be big enough for your needs. If you are needing a chest of drawers that will store your undergarments why not shop around and find a chest of drawers that has a top drawer with many smaller sections? This is a great way to keep your drawers nice and neat. Also make sure that your drawers are both deep enough and also wide enough to serve your needs. The way that a chest of drawers first came about was back in medieval times and Europe. How it was designed was just a box that sat on the floor. Over time someone added a drawer to the bottom and now here we are. It is sometimes common for many homeowners to have an older set of Oak chest of drawers that has been handed down from generation to generation. The reason that this is possible is because the oak is such a strong wood that will last for years if it is properly cared for. No matter what kind of Oak furniture you are looking for to compliment your home, if you take your time and shop around you will be able to find that perfect piece that you have been looking for.
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