How to install cabinet knobs and create your own installation template

How to install cabinet knobs and create your own installation template -- A Pinch of Joy
How to install cabinet knobs and create your own installation template -- A Pinch of Joy

The kitchen remodel was just part of our get it done blitz.   We got the cabinets installed and in use, then moved on to some other big projects while my brother was here with muscle and know how.  For several weeks we used the cupboards with handles made of blue tape folded back on itself.  They wore out and were replaced with green tape before we had time to take care of details — like real cabinet knobs!  Turned out to be quick work!

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Bytes kept telling me to buy cabinet knob installation templates at the home improvement store on my daily supply runs.  I could NOT find them — until after we were done with this.  But I think the alternative he constructed was better anyway.  Certainly more cost effective!   Bytes cut a corner off a thin (quarter inch thick) paneling.   Use a square, a protractor or just line it up with the corner of the cupboard door to verify a perfect 90 degree angle!  He took smaller slices of the paneling and super glued them to the edges of the larger square, making sure they fit tightly.  Let glue dry and it’s ready to go!  With fifteen knobs to install, this was a few minutes well spent!!

Knob installation template -- A Pinch of Joy

Once the square was done, we determined the position of the knob on the door.  Our cupboards are Shaker style and I wanted the knobs in the center of the upper and side trim pieces. Beginning at the corner of the door,  draw a line that passes through the exact point where the two trim pieces meet.  Measure along this line on the door itself to determine the center point.  That is where I wanted the knobs installed.  You may want to change this depending on the depth of trim on your cupboard doors and the shape of the knob.  Once you decide, mark the location on the template and drill a pilot hole.  (We also used this template on bathroom vanities with same style doors — worth tossing in the keep it bin!)

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Mark the location of the hole on the door.  The side pieces on the template will insure the same location on every door and keep the template from slipping and sliding  during the marking process. 

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Drill a hole for the screw.  Use a the size of bit indicated on the screw package.  Who knew screws came in sizes besides long and short??? 

5 Keep drill level

If the door trim has any depth, keeping the hole level — parallel with the floor — will be a concern.  We had to replace our ancient drill in the middle of our redo blitz and the new one Wheels brought home has a level on top.  Handy!  (But not required —  a steady hand and an awareness that straight is necessary, will work.)

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Insert screw from BACK of cupboard door and run it in until just a bit is visible on the front of the door.  Hold knob in place and finishing running in screw until the head is flush with the back of the door and the knob is securely in place on the front.

9 Lovely above the microwave
Lovely above the microwave . . .

10 Pantry

And on the four door pantry!  I looked all over for hardware.  I wanted something simple, classic and sleek.  Haunted the hardware aisles for days — at least six different stores.  And then one day on a trip through Target — there they were!  And much better priced than the ones I had been considering.  They fit my hand — and are  the right size for the big guys too. They look great!   Love them! 

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Add a Chunky Frame to Your Favorite Poster

Add a chunky frame to your favorite poster -- A Pinch of joy
Add a chunky frame to your favorite poster -- A Pinch of joy

We’ve had a gallery wall along the basement stairs for – evah!  Because we live so far away from family, this was the landing place for all the graduation, wedding, new baby photos from the extended family.  Add our own family milestone photos as well and it was an impressive number!   I picked out half a dozen that I wanted to keep on display elsewhere and put the rest into an album.  It was refreshing to have all that open space!!!   And boring.  It needed to have a pop of color, a place to rest the eye. 

To the rescue, Hobby Lobby.  Posters 66% off.  I loved the colors in this women’s watch poster, the background went beautifully with the new wall color, the roses added the pop so badly needed!  I already had a poster frame from a grocery store clearance — even better at 90% off!  Perfect!!!  Except it wasn’t.  It looked a little forlorn hanging on the big expanse of wall.  In keeping with my low budget production, I decided to repurpose the train shelves we took down as part of the basement redo.  It was a quick and easy project, a little bit rustic in keeping with the basement walls. 

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Bytes measured the poster.  He measured the 4″ wide pine boards so that the poster dimension fell in the exact middle of the diagonal corner cut.   Once this center point is marked, draw a line at 45 degrees with the smaller dimension on the bottom of the frame piece.  The poster frame lays on top and will leave room to securely tack  the poster and frame to the new gray frame and still have half the new gray frame showing around the poster frame. (Not clear?  The second picture down from here might help!)   He mitered the corners and laid the pieces out in a rectangle.  The wood had been stained gray to match the basement wall for its previous life.  Worked for this purpose, too. 

Add a Chunky Frame to Your Favorite Poster -- A Pinch of Joy

A couple of cleats from some other long forgotten project  to hold each corner in place.  The kitchen counter was the makeshift workbench.  Of course.  Isn’t your kitchen a multipurpose room?  Especially in the winter when it is so cold in the garage that the thermometer doesn’t register.

Add Chunky Frame to Your Favorite Poster -- A Pinch of Joy

We laid the poster backing — a thin board — in place and tacked it down.   Be sure to keep brads least one inch from the edge so you can slip the poster frame channel into place.   The corner of the poster backing is on the diagonal cut where the measurements were taken.   Semi – precisely. 

Add a Chunky Frame to Your Favorite Poster -- A Pinch of Joy

Add the poster and plexiglass covering.

Add a chunky frame to your favorite poster -- A Pinch of Joy

Slip the black channel  that comes with the poster frame over the backing,  the poster and the plexiglass.   Add your hanger arrangement of choice to the back. 

How to Frame A Poster -- A Pinch of Joy

And there you are!  A nice sized pop of color for a staircase wall with a frame to make it an outstanding accent! 
A quick and easy project that took fifteen minutes from concept to hanging on the wall. 
Love it when things just flow together!

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Basement Makeover

1Basement Room Makeover -- A Pinch of Joy

1Basement Room Makeover -- A Pinch of Joy

Remember this unique wallpaper from the Stair Makeover we did a while back?? It was here when we moved in and  I’m so glad to say it’s no longer a part of the scenery!  Those ships have sailed into the sunset!!!    One of our projects over the holidays was to work on the Basement room.  It was a playroom, a model train room, an exercise room  and, eventually, a very tired room.  A fresh wall made that even more obvious.  Here’s what was here — besides the ships: 

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A wall full of overflowing bookshelves.  I sold many of them, donated a bunch and whittled almost 5000 down to about 500.

4a Basement Makeover -- A Pinch of Joy Model trains, cars, and anything else that had wheels  were displayed on the two long walls at head height.

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Unpainted doors covered the water meter.

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And this “lovely” carpet that has been here literally for decades — before we owned the house!

We rolled up our sleeves and got to work:

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A whole pickup load of “stuff” went to charity.  Exercise equipment, wicker furniture, toys, office material —  ruthless!  Some of it was there only because we never had   made time to move it out.  Time to go!!! 

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Wheels and Bytes replaced all the ceiling tiles for a much needed fresh look.  New lights were added.  Now we wonder how we ever navigated across the dark room to the adjacent laundry without them!  And we continued to move things out . . out. . out.  The laundry was full of things we were keeping. 

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Even the carpet came out so we could install THIS new look and a complete blank slate for starting over.  Well, except for that nautical lamp that’s always been there.  And things like the treadmill and “stuff” temporarily stored in the laundry room.  As close to a blank slate as we could get!   The bookshelves are gone, the display shelves disassembled, the walls cleaned.

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 The paneling was installed by a previous owner.  It was there (no time or money required),  in good shape and acceptable!   We painted all the exposed woodwork gray to blend with the paneling.  Getting rid of the contrast between the gray paneling and the dark stained woodwork makes the room look sooo much bigger!   I was too frugal to  buy the receptacles for Wheels to change out, but I did buy new outlet covers that blend in better.   I visited a “world renowned teaching hospital” about the same time we did this and noted they did the same thing in their gray walled waiting room!  I didn’t feel so bad — if they can be cheap, so can I!  Looks better than all stark white! 

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The ship wall was covered with white paintable beadboard paper.  Two coats of gray paint. 

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The makeover is still in progress, but you can see the direction it is taking.  Water meter doors now blend into the background with the newly painted baseboards.  Shopping the house for furniture that fits the new purpose.  Art work — framed black and white photos by Wheels from our travels. 

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It’s about time this place got a makeover!  Has the important things needed for a workout room — clock and tv! Or will it end up a man cave?  Or . . .???

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