Since I’m working on redoing my kids’ bathroom, I’ve been in the market for some really fun knobs for their shared vanity cabinet doors. I considered painting the vanity, but it is in fabulous shape and is stained a gorgeous, deep color so I decided to leave it as is. So, the pulls needed to bring some much needed character to the doors.
I was at Hobby Lobby last week and found these cuties. They were $2.50 a piece (after the 50% off discount), so I bought four of them.
Like most knobs from Hobby Lobby, these are easy to install with just a bolt and nut. The bolts are really long so that you can install them pretty much anywhere, but I was worried that they would stick out too far on the back of the cabinet door and be a hazard to my kiddos. Here’s the difference in what was previously on the cabinets and the new, yellow owl knobs.
Luckily, this is a really easy fix that I wanted to share with you. Bolt cutting is simple if you have the right tools. Because this bolt was on the smaller side, I was able to use our electrician’s multi tool. This is a tool that I recommend you having in your tool box, especially if you light to change out your hardwired light fixtures. You can use it to strip, cut and crimp wire, but today I’m going to show you how to use it to cut a bolt.
Do you see the holes labeled 5-40, 10-24, 4-40, etc. in the photo below? Those holes are sized for standard sized bolts. The bolt from my owl knobs fit into the 10-32 hole, so I screwed them into the open multi tool. I screwed it through enough so that the part that I wanted to cut off came came out of the back.
Then, I closed my multi tool and it lopped off the end of the bolt. The thicker the bolt is, the harder you have to push to get the tool to close.
If your bolt is too thick to fit into the multi tool, you’re going to want to use a hacksaw or a Dremel to cut off the bolt. One of my knobs had bent threads and wouldn’t fit into the tool, so I put it in the vice and used the hacksaw to cut off the end.
Once installed, the bolts are the perfect length! I’m going to get acorn nuts to put on the end of the bolts so that there isn’t a sharp end, but I’ll have to do that the next time I run to the hardware store.
This simple change added some personality to an otherwise boring vanity cabinet. Aren’t they a hoot? Ba-dum-bum.
I made some progress in the kids’ bathroom this weekend – a new light fixture location wired, the room got completely primed, and two coats of Lindsay White painted on the ceiling. All that, and it’s not really enough to show you! We are in the “living in a construction zone” phase of this bathroom redo. More coming soon!
Have you ever needed to cut down the length of a bolt? What kind of tool did you use to do it?
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