Installing A Custom Appliance Handle
Custom Refrigerator Handle
Problem: The upper refrigerator and lower freezer door handles on the refrigerator panels, below, did not match so we decided that installing a custom applinace handle was a good option.
The bottom “cabinet door”style panel was also not the desired look. This panel will be replaced with a panel that looks like a drawer.
Today’s post deals with this cabinet front refrigerator and the lower freezer door. The lower stainless steel handle never matched the custom handle [above] on the refrigerator door.
At the original time of install the issue was that the refrigerator door had more room to mount the brass appliance handle whereas the freezer door did not have the room, was more of a challenge and as a result was not installed when the upper handle was.
The 1/4″ panel backer slides in grooves on the sides. This is why mounting the handle is difficult. Alot of cabinet installers would install the handle to the wood panel. But regular tugging, wear and tear, not to mention KIDS wear and tear will eventually cause that type of connection to fail. I needed to find a more durable connection.
My approach will be to to mount this handle would be to drill and bolt the handle through the door but there is little room for this. I removed the weather stripping seal and determined that I could just fit a 3/8″ screw head into the corner grove. [near my elbow]
The groove is wider inside and allowed the screw head and washer to slide in.