Easy Steps to Replace and Detached Magnets of Cabinet Doors & Drawers during Remodeling Process

Glass cabinets have a vast use in a home setup. They are highly considered not only because of the aesthetic value but also because it helps in keeping things in order in different spaces. Some of the rooms that these pieces of furniture are used include the Kitchen, bathroom, living room home offices and finally the dressing room. However, to keep the cabinets presentable and to avoid it exposing the items they store you will need to keep the cabinets doors shut. This calls for the equipping of the cabinet doors with magnets to make sure that they remain locked. Depending on the magnet type there can be two magnets that attract to each other or just a single magnet that is attracted to a steel rod. Successful installation of the magnet is followed by the proper grip when the cabinet door is closed. However, a spoilt magnetic system cannot be easily neglected for the doors won’t be locking. Therefore, below are easy steps to replace and detach magnets off cabinet doors and drawers during a home remodeling.

Detaching the old Magnetic Piece

It is easy to identify a magnet piece that is not functioning; therefore, depending on the way it was installed. For a magnetic cabinet latch, you can unscrew the old setup while you hold it in place for easier and faster-unscrewing process. Proper detaching will be followed by a successful release of the ancient magnetic latch from the glass cabinet.

Fill and Camouflage Screw Holes

Take your time and try and find a wood filling patty that you are to apply on the screw hole to fill them up, therefore eliminating any traces of a hole on the glass display cabinets. You should buy three different colors of the wood putty. The colors should match the different shade of the wooden part where the magnet was placed. The first color should be of the lightest wood grain, the mid-tones of the wood grain should also be represented and finally the darkest wood grain. Mix small portions of all the shades to come up with a color that is close to that of the wood. Using your fingers push the mixture into the hole and ensure that they are filled. In a case where you cannot afford a patty knife improvise using the regular blade and compress the patty in the hole and later on flatten the excess patty. Wipe out the excessive patty on the glass display cabinet the add more patty if the initial one is not enough. Allow it to dry before anything more can be done.

Identify Where the Magnet will be placed  

Magnets are placed inside the cabinet door away from the eyes of the public. Thus, it is meant to leave a clean finish to the job. Therefore, make sure that the cabinet door is open and that it exposes the bare face of the cabinet. Go ahead and try to find the rail opposite the door hinge.

Make sure you keep the magnet inside the glass display cabinet opening. Attach the base of the magnet to the face rail which you were supposed to get hold of. With the face rail as the guide move the magnet along with it as you try to find a space that is not in the way of incoming items when the cabinet will be up for. Locate a position that is not conspicuous to your eyes or the eyes of your colleagues. It is always advisable to always have a second opinion on this interior décor studies no matter how small because creative ideas might sometimes be deceiving.

Confirm the Alignment of the Magnet and the Cabinet Face

The magnet should be correctly aligned to the cabinet face by keenly bringing them together. Mark line where the screws should be positioned on the glass cabinets with using pencils. The marks are positions where you are supposed to drill. A 1/16-inch bits are the most preferred type of drilling pins needed to make ½ inch deep pilot holes into the different cabinet materials. However, you should be very keen so as not to make a miscalculation and end up damaging the furniture. Also, take care not to drill in the old holes which we filled with the patty. Always find a new position that will at the end of the day contribute to the successful installation of the magnets on the cabinet doors. The two pilot holes will now be used for aligning with the magnetic casing slots. Secure the magnet casings on the wooden edges of the cabinet using the screw fastener. Ensure they are tightened by using the screwdrivers.

Screwing the Metal Plate into Place

After a successful installation of the magnetic casings on the edges of the wooden cabinet find a way of ensuring that the magnetic casing lines up with the cabinet door. This is usually achieved by closing the door and takes note of where the magnet casing meets up with the door. Make a visible marker such that it may not require you to per retake the same procedure. You can now fully open the door and freely expose the backside of the cabinet door exposing the still visible mark. This is where you are to attach the metal plate. Place it on the pencil mark and screw it on the cabinet door. However, you are supposed to hold the metal plate into position as you drive screws through it to be accurate, thus reducing the chances of making a mistake while performing the task. This is the final procedure that ensures you have a more pro functioning cabinet door again. The pre-drilled slots on the plate make it easier for screws to go in the plate thus saving on time. The final procedure is just ensuring that the magnetic lock works. This is done by closing the cabinet door and paying close attention to the sound produced when the magnet and the plate attract.

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