I finally finished my sideboard... the dreaded painted wood and ball catch
To those that offered help and advice, thank you so much!
Mounting the ball catches turned out to be a pretty good challenge. The
doors have an inner bevel that didn't allow for most templates and no way I
could get it aligned to mount the catch on the side instead of the bottom.
It turned out to be much less obtrusive than I thought it would be because
the new catches were smaller than the originals.
I ended up mounting them on the bottom of the door frame (as they were
originally) then my husband suggested using modeling clay to get the
First, I set the base of the catch in the place where I wanted it, and
pushed the door gently into the closed position. This pushed the clasp right
into place and then I screwed them down. Then I inserted the male part of
the catch into the base with the screw holes facing the door. Next I
smooshed (that being the technical term, of course) a light strip of
modeling clay onto the door and closed it gently. The clasp left an
impression in the clay of exactly where the screw holes were . All I had to
do was mark the holes then drill and set the catch. Worked perfectly the
first shot. I was relieved to say the least.
So, for those of you who may have thought that painting an old sideboard was
an abomination, I offer for your consideration, these photos of one that was
a wreck, that has now become a family heirloom.