If you’re like most of us, you probably won’t have the perfect replacement cabinet doors at the ready when a hinge breaks on one of them. Fortunately, repairing the cabinet door hinges is not that difficult. It just takes a little know-how and some time to get everything back in working order again. These steps will show you how to repair broken or damaged hinges on kitchen cabinets. This can be an expensive disaster if you don’t know what to do about it.
Luckily for you, this article will help you get your cabinets back into great shape again. Repairing damaged or broken cabinet doors is not as hard as it looks once you break down the process step by step. Read on to learn how to repair kitchen cabinet door hinges with ease and save money at the same time!
How To Repair Kitchen Cabinet Door Hinge Holes
What You’ll Need
You’ll need the following materials to get the job done:
- A saw (to cut the wood if the hinge is broken)
- A screwdriver (to remove the plate or cover plate)
- A hammer (to remove the broken hinge if possible)
- A drill with a bit large enough to drill through the door and into the side of the cabinet
- A pencil – A level (to make sure the door is level after you replace the hinge)
- A hinge (larger than the one you are replacing)
- Wood glue
- A mallet
- Safety goggles (to protect your eyes from wood chips or flying debris)
- Ear protection (to protect your ears from noise generated by power tools)
- A dust mask (to protect your lungs from wood dust)
Step 1: Remove Hinge from Door
Use a screwdriver to remove the hinge cover plate. This is the small piece on the edge of the door that covers the hinge. The hinge cover plate is usually held in place with either a single screw or two screws at each end of the plate. Once the hinge cover plate is removed, use a hammer to remove the broken hinge. If the hinge is broken, you’ll need to detach it from the door in order to replace it. To do this, place the hammer head on the broken hinge and tap it gently with a mallet. This should loosen the hinge enough for you to remove it from the door with your hands. Once the broken hinge is completely removed from the door, inspect the holes the hinge was screwed into. If any of the holes are damaged, mark them with a pencil.
Step 2: Repair the Cabinet Door
If the holes in the cabinet door are significantly damaged, you’ll need to repair them before installing the new hinge. Your best bet for repairing the holes is to use wood glue to fill them. Once the holes are filled with wood glue, let them dry completely before continuing. If the holes are not significantly damaged, you should be able to skip this step and move on to the next.
Step 3: Reinstall the Hinge
Once the holes are repaired, it’s time to install the new hinge. Follow these steps to get the new hinge properly installed:
Once you’ve completed these steps, the broken hinge should be fixed, and the cabinet door should close properly again. Once you’ve repaired one cabinet door hinge, the rest will be a breeze. You will be able to replace the broken hinge with ease. Hopefully, this article has taught you how to repair kitchen cabinet door hinges and put an end to your cabinet door troubles. Now that you know how to repair kitchen cabinet door hinges, you can save a lot of money by doing the work yourself.