The onset of summer, though welcome, brings along some additional work, like storing away winter clothing, mowing the lawn or making arrangements for outdoor barbecues to be enjoyed with friends and family. Over and above all these normally accepted and expected activities, we look forward to summers for carrying out some of the long pending renovations that the homes always require. One such minor activity that helps change the look of the place is replacing your old drawer pulls. Here are a few simple guidelines to help you accomplish this task efficiently.
Guideline #1: Make a List
Successful execution of any project, howsoever big or small needs planning. And planning calls for listing down the activities and the materials connected with the project.
Like you make a list of all the groceries and other items to be procured during the weekend, you will be much better off if you prepared a list of different items needed for different rooms. As a matter of fact you should visit and inspect each room to study its requirements and the quantities of different items required. You will find quite a few small items of varying sizes and if you miss out on even one such item you’ll have to spend that extra effort and time. Make an independent list of needed items and the quantity for each room before finally compiling an exhaustive list for an execution of the whole project.
Guideline #2: Establish Your Style
Before rushing out to buy the new replacements for your home, you should make assessment of each room. You might have already established a theme for each room or for the whole place so that it maintains its uniformity of style and continuity all over the area. Keeping in mind this overall style and continuity, you should check all the rooms and jot down the color scheme or theme of each room to avoid any miss-matches in the long run. A little time spent in such an exercise will help you chose just the right color and style for the whole house and you will be glad that this small renovation project has not spoiled the original scheme of things anywhere in the house.
Guideline #3: Ask for Help
It is generally a good idea to seek help of professionals while you have a major home-renovation project, but for small projects limited to replacing the cabinet accessories, you really won’t need a professional and can save yourself of this avoidable expense. The money thus saved could be added to your budget for procurement of new items and accessories, besides drawer slides, pulls and handles. It will be worthwhile to exchange ideas on the subject with your friends and neighbors. You will get many useful tips not only on how to do it, but also on the type of materials to be procured and from where to buy the same. In totality, you may gather more information than perhaps a professional would offer you.
Guideline #4: Get Shopping
Having short-listed the material, style and finish of cabinet accessories of your choice, get ready for shopping! In case you have time on hand you may call upon the nearest hardware store to have a look at the available variety. Else, an easier option is to browse online. That way you will be able to view a larger variety and you may hit upon some exclusive designs, which may be hard to locate otherwise. Another advantage of ordering online is that you may be offered discounts if you are buying a substantial quantity and the goods are delivered to you. All this goes to save a lot of your time and some money too.
Guideline #5: Remove, Replace & Relax
Procurement of all the required items finishes a good part of your project. Now get started with your tools. Using a screwdriver, unscrew all the screws that were fixed to keep the hinges, cabinet knobs, and drawer pulls in place. Some of the handles are provided with back plates and you have to remove those. You may store all these small items in a separate bag to ensure that nothing is left back. The surest and easiest way to handle such a job is to remove one item at a time, fix the new item in its place and then move to the next item. That way you are not likely to miss on any handle or a knob.
Keep repeating these steps for all the items in each room of the house till all are done, thus completing the whole project.