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We just moved into a house (7 years old) with maple kitchen cabinets, we wanted to update the look by replacing the handles. When we removed the old pulls the maple is lighter underneath than the rest of the cabinets. Is there anyway to fix this or will we have to use the same style of pulls to re-cover. Any advice you have would be much appreciated!

Hi April
Nice to hear from you.
If there are spots where the old handles were, it would indicate to me that the doors have slightly darkened over the 7 years they were installed.
This is very common and usually the way it is.
Unfortunately it cannot be fixed but your idea of getting handles with the same or larger base is correct.
You can also purchase plates that cover this area before applying your new handles. These plates are the same metal as the handles and can be purchased to match each other.
If you want to change the look of the cuoboards, you can also spray paint the old handles and hindges.
I have done this in the past and it looks good.
I hope this gives you some ideas.
Get back if necessary

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