Fixing Up an Old Cabinet Drawer

A bathroom with cabinet drawers.

Old furniture can be charming and wonderful to look at, but an old cabinet drawer can be a nightmare to open and shut. Here are a few simple things you can do to fix up a broken or outdated cabinet drawer.


Simply replacing the hardware can go a long way in refreshing the look of an old cabinet drawer. Inexpensive new pulls or handles can completely change the look of the drawer.

Get creative with the pulls. Look on craft websites and in stores that specialize in restoring old materials. You can find a huge selection of handmade glass pulls, hand-painted porcelain, and antiqued pulls and handles. Contemporary options are available in every material from wood to brass to stainless steel.

Runners and Tracks

If your old cabinet drawer isn’t pulling open as easily as it used to, or it gets stuck constantly, renovation can be as simple as replacing the runners in the drawer or adding new tracks. For this, you just need to measure the depth of the cabinet and the length of the drawer. You will also need to take into account the weight the tracks or runners will have to withstand. With these measurements, you can find the right size tracks at any hardware store.