How to hang replacement cabinet doors on existing cabinets

After you have the hinges, with mounting plates, attached to the cabinet doors, you’re ready to hang the doors to the cabinets.

The first step is to attach a straightedge or draw a line below the cabinet opening. For ½-inch overlay doors this line will be ½-inch below the opening.

For overlays other than ½-inch, the line will be located below the opening by the overlay you are using.

In this example we’ll use the straightedge method. Our straightedge is clamped ½-inch below the cabinet opening.

Next we’ll simply sit the cabinet door (with hinge and mounting-plate attached) on the straightedge.

Sitting the door on the straightedge, will align the door bottom with the overlay line. This will insure that all doors are properly aligned and the overlay is equal at both the top and bottom.

Next, align the door so the hinge mounting brackets are against the edge of the face-frame. With a pencil, mark the face-frame through the slots in the mounting brackets.

These elongated marks are where you will drill the pilot holes for the screws that will attach the mounting plates. Drill the pilot holes in the center of the elongated marks.

After you have drilled the pilot holes you’ll only need a number-2 Phillips screwdriver to loosely attach the mounting plates to the face-frames.

With the mounting plates attached, the doors (with the Blum hinges installed) are snapped onto the mounting plates. Attaching the doors with hinges to the mounting plates is easier with a helper.

Now that you have the new cabinet doors attached to your cabinets, you’re ready to align the doors by adjusting the hinges.

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