Drawer front installation

Step by step instruction on how to replace your cabinet drawer fronts.

Now that you've got the doors installed, it's time to install your new replacement drawer fronts.

Tools you will need

  • Replacement Drawer Fronts

  • Corner Mounting Brackets

  • 1/2" screws

  • Cordless Drill

  • Tape Measure

  • Pencil

  • Double Sided Tape

  • Masking Tape

    We recommend a second person to help hold the drawer fronts while you attach them

                                      

1. Identify your drawer fronts

As with the Replacement Door Installation Guide, having the diagram that we created in the "How to Measure" section will aid in this process.

DIY Cabinet Doors How To Measure

Measure you new drawer fronts to identify their location.

In step 2. Measure Cabinet Openings on the How to Measure page (and the image above), cabinet #7 has an opening of 27"x5".  If we ordered 1/2" Overlay Drawer Fronts, the new drawer front will be 28"x6".
 
In this example, you would find the drawer front that measured 28"x6", place a piece of masking tape on the back and write a "7" on it.

Repeat this step for all Drawer Fronts.

You should put a line through or check-mark next to each completed opening section


2. remove old drawer fronts & Label New ones

Begin by taking the drawer out of the cabinet and removing your old drawer fronts.  Usually, the drawer fronts are attached with screws but sometimes they have been pin nailed on as well so you may need to pry them off.

Be careful to not damage the drawer boxes when removing the old drawer fronts.

DIY Cabinet Doors Drawer Front

Measure you new drawer fronts to identify their location.

In step 2. Measure Cabinet Openings on the How to Measure page (and the image in Step 1 above), opening #7 measures 27"x5".  If we ordered 1/2" Overlay Drawer Fronts, the new drawer front will be 28"x6".
 
In this example, you would find the drawer front that measured 28"x6", place a piece of masking tape on the back and write a "7" on it.

Repeat this step for all Drawer Fronts.

You should put a line through or check-mark next to each completed opening section



3. Install corner brackets

Corner brackets MUST be used when installing Shaker Style drawer fronts. 
The Recessed Center Panel on these types of Drawer Fronts make it necessary to use Corner Brackets.
You may also use Corner Brackets for standard Drawer Front installation if you wish.

DIY Cabinet Doors Drawer Corner Bracket

Install the Corner Bracket onto the Drawer Box, making sure that the front of the Drawer Box is flush with the Corner Bracket.


4. Install Replacement drawer fronts

With your old Drawer Fronts removed and the Corner Brackets installed, we can finally install the Replacement Drawer Fronts.

Begin by placing a piece of masking tape on cabinet face frame at the top, bottom and each side drawer opening. 

Knowing your Overlay size from your Drawer Front order, measure from the opening that distance and put a mark on the masking tape.  For example, if your Overlay is 1/2", measure 1/2" from the opening onto the cabinet face frame at the top, bottom, left and right of the opening and place a mark on each piece of masking tape.

In the picture example below, we're using 1/2" Overlay.  Larger Drawer Fronts may require two pieces of tape, one on each side, for the top and bottom of the opening to ensure that the Drawer Front stays square to the opening.

DIY Cabinet Doors Drawer Front Overlay marked on Masking Tape

Hold your new Replacement Drawer Front over the opening and make sure that the Drawer Front touches each of the marks you made on the masking tape on all 4 sides..
If your Drawer Fronts do not line up with the marks, verify the previous steps have been completely properly.  If you are still having trouble, please call or email us for assistance.

Next, place a piece of double sided tape on the front of the drawer box.  This is to temporarily hold your Drawer Fronts while we screw them to the drawer boxes.

DIY Cabinet Doors Double Sided Tape Installation

Close the drawer completely, remove the plastic film on the double sided tape and carefully hold your new Replacement Drawer Front in place, making sure to line up all four marks on the Masking Tape.

Carefully press the Replacement Drawer Front onto the drawer box.  The double sided tape should hold the drawer front in place, allowing you to permanently attach the drawer front with screw, either through the drawer box or by using the Corner Mounting Brackets.

Be sure to hold the Replacement Drawer Front in place as you begin attaching it with screws so that it does not move.

Do not tighten the screws all the way down until you are certain that the new drawer front is set perfectly in place.

Open and close the drawer to ensure that it opens and closes smoothly.  Once you are satisfied with the placement, tighten all screws and proceed to the next drawer front.