How to replace kitchen drawer fronts

Updated February 21, 2017

If your kitchen drawers are looking a little worse for wear, or you're making over your whole kitchen, you can replace your drawer fronts in less than a day. Cabinet makers and home-improvement centres supply drawer fronts. Or you can make them yourself with the right tools, a little bit of time and know-how.

Remove a drawer from the cabinet. Set it on a flat surface. Remove hardware, such as pulls and knobs, from the outside of the drawer.

Clamp the drawer to your working surface. Use a screwdriver or drill to remove the drawer front from the drawer if it is a separate piece. Use a handsaw to remove any trim from the drawer front if it not a separate piece. Make sure the edges of the front are flush with the sides of the drawer.

Center your new drawer front on the front of the drawer. Use masking tape to hold the drawer front in place, if needed.

Drill two pilot holes about 2 to 3 inches from the inside edge of the drawer. Do the same thing on the other side.

Drill short screws into the pilot holes and the new drawer front. Use screws that are long enough to attach the new front to the rest of the drawer but not so long that they go all the way through. The size of the screws will vary, depending on the thickness of the drawer and the drawer front.

Remove the masking tape, if needed. Clean the front of the drawer per the manufacturer's instructions. Slide the drawer back into place.

Repeat with every drawer.


Always wear protective gear, including safety glasses, when you're using saws.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Clamps
  • Handsaw
  • Drill
  • Masking tape -- optional
  • Screws
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