If you have changed the hinges on any bathroom/kitchen cabinets, I'd love to hear about your choices and how that went. I'm in the process of doing this for my main bathroom and kitchen, as I am wanting to paint cabinets in both rooms, and it is a task I am finding most frustrating.
First, the bathroom: Currently there are ornately designed small hinges on the doors in shiny gold that have been painted over at least once in a creamy white. I plan to keep them the same style, to keep things simple in my budget reno, so I found some that should fit the holes as the current exposed hinges have. (there is a lip and inset, both 3/8") I find some online, made by Amerock in a satin nickel, and decide to go with non-self-closing as I have now because they look better than the self closing. From there, it goes like this:
1. Visit Home Depot, get directed to aisle 16. There is only ONE hinge in the size I need, and it's the self-closing one. I ask for more, I'm told "this is all we have". In disbelief, I reconfirm with sales associate that I'm out of luck, and I leave store. (sales clerk doesn't understand my problem since the ONE hinge comes in 5 different finishes and he seems to think that is a good selection)
2. Father-in-law is over and I share details of my trip to HD. He says that's crazy-there are hundreds of hinges to choose from. He tells me I should have visited the kitchen cabinet display area.
3. I call HD to further enquire about the hinges I want. Once again I am told they only carry the one. I press a bit about having it special ordered, and I'm offered a transfer to the Order Desk, which I accept. Then I got dial tone. (got cut off)
4. I call HD again and ask at the Order Desk if I can order the Amerock Hinge I want. It's a bust, as the part number is useless to them-they require a Home Depot 'skew' number, which I do not have.
5. I contact the good people at Amerock asking for assistance in purchasing their product. I am told HD is only allowed to carry some of their stock, and that I can special order it through Home Hardware only.
6. I call Home Hardware, and have the same problem as I did with HD-they need a Home Hardware 'skew' number in order to order it in.
7. I call the good people at Amerock again and ask for help. They tell me the product is new, and that Home Hardware can just call to get the number they need to order it in since it is not in their system yet.
8. I call Home Hardware again, and make another attempt with the infor of #7 above. The sales associate will call me back.
9. I get the call from the sales associate, and it can't be done. Since the people at Amerock said the number likely won't be in the HH system until about Feb. 1st, I'm going to have to try again then.
Now for the kitchen cabinets: I'd be out of my mind to go through the above again for the kitchen, as it isn't as simple as it is supposed to be to get hinges in the same style. Besides, it would be a worse nightmare since the hinge size is with a 3/8" lip and a 5/8" inset, which I'm told is hard (ok harder) to find. Lastly, since my kitchen cabinets are kind of detailed, hidden hinges would make them less busy-looking. If you have installed hidden hinges and can recommend the ones you used, please share. I'm hoping to get some that can be installed with just screws, not the kind that require a circular or similar piece or wood drilled out of the door, if you know what I mean.
I'll post the bathroom hinge choices below. The first picture is the non-self-closing one I think looks nicer. The second one is the self-closing one that is in stores.