How to Remove Cabinet Doors With Old Hinges

Removing cabinet doors with old hinges can be a daunting task. The process can be even more complicated if the hinges are rusted or corroded. This article will show you how to remove cabinet doors with old hinges without damaging them. We will also provide tips on fixing any damage during the removal process. Follow these tips, and you will be able to remove your cabinet doors with ease!

How to Remove Cabinet Doors With Old Hinges

Cabinet doors are often attached to the cabinet frame with hinges. These hinges can be either external or internal. Internal hinges are hidden from view, while external hinges are visible when the door is closed. Many cabinets have both types of hinges. If your cabinet doors have old hinges, you must remove them before replacing them.

A Step by Step Guide on How to Remove Cabinet Doors With Old Hinges

Step 1:  Determine the Type of Hinge Your Cabinet Door Has

There are two main types of hinges-  butt hinges and strap hinges. Butt hinges are the most common type of hinge used in cabinets. They consist of two plates with interlocking “wings” or “leaves” and are fastened together with screws. On the other hand, Strap hinges have a long metal strip attached to the door and frame with screws.

Step 2: Clear Slot for Screwdriver

Once you have determined what type of hinge your cabinet door has, use a screwdriver to clear out the slot for the screws. If the slots are too tight, you may need to use a chisel to widen them. But, again, be careful not to damage the surrounding wood.

Step 3: Remove Paint or Varnish from Screws

If the screws are painted or varnished over, you will need to remove this before proceeding. Use a paint stripper or heat gun to loosen and remove the paint or varnish. If you are using a heat gun, be careful not to damage the wood with too much heat.

Screws Are Painted

Step 4: Remove Screws holding Hinges in Place.

Once the paint or varnish has been removed from the screws, use a screwdriver or power drill to remove them. Be careful not to strip the screws. If they are difficult to remove, you may need to spray them with a rust dissolver or tap them with a hammer to break them free.

Step 5: Remove Hinges from Cabinet Door

Once the screws have been removed, you can now detach the hinges from the door. If the hinges are stubborn, you may need a putty knife or flat-head screwdriver to pry them off.

Step 6: Repeat for Other Cabinet Doors

Repeat steps 1-5 for any other cabinet doors that need to be removed. With the doors off, you will now have access to the interior of your cabinets. You can use this opportunity to clean or repair them as needed.

Tips and Warnings


  1. If your hinges are very old, they may be rusted in place. Use a hammer and chisel to break them free gently.
  2. If the door is mainly stuck, you may need to use a putty knife or other prying tool to help loosen it from the frame.
  3. Be careful not to damage the door or frame as you remove the door. Place a towel or other soft material under the door to protect it from scratches.
  4. Once the door is free, remove any hardware such as knobs or handles before sanding, painting, or staining the door.
Remove the Door


  1. Always wear safety goggles when working with tools.
  2. Use caution when prying or hammering, as you could damage the door or frame.
  3. Be sure to remove all hardware before sanding or painting the door.

How Do I Know if My Hinge Pin Is Removable?

One of the essential components of a door hinge is the hinge pin. This small metal rod helps to fasten the door to the frame, holding it in place and allowing the door to open and close smoothly. In general, hinge pins are designed to be removable.

This makes it easy to replace worn or broken pins when needed and allows you to reposition your hinges regularly. However, determining whether a specific pin is removable can sometimes be tricky.

Several telltale signs will help you identify a removable hinge pin, including observations about design, size, and components. But, ultimately, your best bet for knowing is to give your pin a try; most will come out with just a quick tug on the right side of your door!

Why Do Door Hinge Pins Come Out?

Over time, the hinge pins on your cabinet doors can become loose, causing the doors to sag or even fall off entirely. Two factors usually cause the problem: either the pins have worked their way out of the hinges, or the hinges have become worn and no longer fit snugly around the pins.

The solution is to remove the old hinge pins and replace them with new ones. This is a relatively simple process that anyone can do with a few essential tools.

First, start by removing the door from the cabinet. If the door is heavy, it may be helpful to have someone else hold it steady while you work. Next, use a small screwdriver or other thin tools to pry the hinge pin out of the top hinge. Be careful not to damage the surrounding wood as you do this.

Use a Small Screwdriver

Once the top hinge pin is removed, repeat the process for the bottom hinge. With both hinge pins removed, the door should come off quickly. If it doesn’t, check to ensure that no other fasteners hold it in place.

To install new hinge pins, insert them into the hinges from the top down. Start with the top hinge, then move to the bottom. Once both pins are in place, reattach the door to the cabinet and make sure that it hangs evenly. You may need to adjust the position of the door before tightening all of the screws.

That’s all there is to it! By following these simple steps, you can easily remove and replace old cabinet door hinges.


Now that you know how to remove cabinet doors with old hinges, it’s time to get started on your project! Remember to be patient and take your time to do the job correctly. Once you’re finished, you’ll be able to admire your work with pride.

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