Spotlight On: Cabinet Door Hinge Finials

Custom Service Hardware has always had a great selection of cabinet door hinges. Recently, that selection has expanded with some great new hinge styles as well as finial and ball tips you can buy separately. Finials and ball tips offer a fun way to add character to the door hinges, or to replace old and unattractive tips. Below we’ll look at the array of new tips available and the different ways to use them.

Whether you want traditional or contemporary styling, you can find the right aesthetic ball tip or finial for your hinges. These tips are completely interchangeable on door hinges, so there’s no worry about selecting the right size. Maybe you want an edgier style to decorate your cabinet door hinges, or maybe you’d prefer something sleek and classy. CSH has finials and ball tips in a full range of finishes, which gives you the option to match the tip exactly or contrast the colors on purpose. For rounded tops, if safety is a priority, ball tips and acorn tips are a good choice. For a more decorative turn, there are ornate tips, steeple tips, urn tips, and more.

While ball tips and finials offer so much in the way of finishes and styles, they do serve a very important function. These tips are threaded into the top and bottom of a hinges, which prevents the pin holding the hinge together from rising out over time. These tips are roulette interchangeable for door hinges, as stated above, but if you need to exchange your hinge pin that needs to be measured precisely. Use a size conversion chart when putting in a new pin for your hinges.

Easy Cabinet Updates

Updating your home cabinet doors with new hinges or decorative hardware is a cost effective way to transform the look of the room. Choosing to switch out ball tips or finials can keep door hinges looking fresh without having to replace the entire hinge. Replacing hinges can be tricky, especially if you’re looking to exchange different styles of hinges. (However if you’re going down that route, check out our post for advice!) Instead, you’ll just replace a small piece that will only take minutes instead of hours of research and labor. Additionally, selecting some fresh new decorative door knobs or pulls can add to the new look of your cabinets.

How to Fix Broken Drawer Slides

Cabinet drawers see a lot of activity over the years. Whether they’re holding kitchen supplies, hardware tools, or an assortment of random items, drawers bear a great deal of a weight and haphazard use. One day the drawer starts to jam or bind, makes a grinding noise or just plum won’t budge. At that point, it’s clear that you need to investigate and fix the problem with your drawer slides. It’s easy for a misguided slamming of a drawer or general overuse to cause the drawers to stop working properly. Learn about the common problems that break down drawer slides and how to remedy these issues with some easy fixes.

Bent or misshapen sections

After emptying the content of your drawers and carefully removing the drawer itself, examine the slides. If you see any bent or misshapen spots, look at the extent of the damage. Often times, the bend can be smoothed out by re-shaping the slide. First you’ll have to carefully remove the slides from the drawer and drawer box. Use pliers to reshape the drawer slides and smooth out any warped areas. Clean and replace the slides, and you should have a functioning drawer again.

Loose screws

Screws can often come loose over time. When drawer slides aren’t attached to the sides (or bottom) of your drawer properly, the drawer won’t move smoothly anymore. Consider the condition of your drawer slides before pursuing this next step. If they’re in good condition and the screws are the sole problem, get some wood glue before re-tightening the screws. Put some wood glue in the whole and tighten the screws for a seamless and secure attachment.

Use cleaner

Drawer slides gather dust and debris just like all the other forgotten crevices in your home. Maybe the drawers aren’t sliding in and out as easily as before. If there is no major damage to be discovered, the drawer slides might just need some cleaning. Remove the drawer box and examine the slides. Use a basic cleaning spray and a rag to wipe down the slides and ensure they’re clean. Your drawers should be running smoothly after that.

Roller wheels

The roller wheels to the slides are essential for smooth running, especially with soft-closing or self-close drawer slides. If the wheels are just roughed up or mildly damaged, some grease and cleaning should put the wheel back into to normal rolling shape. However if the wheel has been worn down to a more flat edge, or if it’s completely broken, you’ll need to completely replace your drawer slides. The roller wheels are riveted to the body of the slide and cannot be replaced individually.

Replacing Cabinet Hinges

Whether the hinges on your kitchen cabinet doors have rusted away or they just need an upgrade, the process requires some research and preparation. First off, you need to remove the current hinges. Use care if they are rusty and old, and discard the old hinge, mounting plates and screws. Read on to learn more about replacing your cabinet door hinges, whether you're choosing the same style or a new style of hinge.

Replacing with similar type hinges

If you're choosing a similar or the same style hinge, you only need to do a few things to prep the cabinet doors. See if the holes on the new hinges are aligned the same and ensure you have the correct screws. Repaint the doors before installing the new hinges. You'll need assistance to hold the cabinet door against the frame to screw the new hinges on. Replacing hinges with existing holes won't take more than an hour for even a novice carpenter. Changing your hinges to better match your kitchen decor or to replace rusted out ones is a great way to enhance your kitchen cabinets with ease. Consider an antique or polished brass finish on your hinge for a rustic look. Or keep the focus on your attractive doors with concealed hinges.

Polished Brass Semi-Concealed Hinge

Replacing with a different type of hinge

On the other hand, if you're installing a brand new style of hinge for your kitchen cabinet door, more preparation is required. Say you currently have basic butt hinges on your doors, but you want to replace them with more discrete concealed hinges. Butt hinges don't extend as far as concealed hinges with mounting plates. Take care to still align the hinges the same as your old hinges. Use a pencil and ruler to mark a line on the cabinet frame from the holes of the old hinge, making it a bit longer than the new hinge. This will aid you in aligning the door back onto the cabinet. Whether you're lining the hinge up directly in the same spot, or higher or lower, this process offers precise results. If necessary, you'll need a hinge-cutting bit to drill a new recess to install the hinge in a different spot.

Polished Chrome Hinge with Ball Finial

When the new hinges are installed, you get to enjoy a functional and aesthetic new look. Make sure to open and close your cabinet door several times to ensure the hinges are positioned properly and at the right level. The best part about replacing hinges is that it allows you to clean out your cabinets and update them if you so choose. Consider new pulls or knobs as well to complete the transformation.