We had these locks for our condo and removed them by using a hair dryer when we moved. They’re super expensive to buy, but they worked great and are easy to install so I decided to try a DIY project to reuse them with our new cabinets. My favorite thing about these locks is that they don’t require you to screw anything into the cabinets. This is such a relief to me, as someone who lived for a few years with the whole “resale value” issue burned into my brain because I had to do so much work to sell the condo. Also, screwing locks in takes a LOT longer.
We mostly keep safe stuff on the bottom cabinets that we are okay with G playing with, but I wanted to put locks on a couple of the drawers because he’s been using them to climb up to get things on the counter. I decided to just put these on the very bottom drawer in each section and we have two total. I don’t think he’s quite brave enough (yet) to go directly to the middle or top drawer. This is an example of the kind of trouble that Baby G likes to get into…
|This is his most recent antic. And he was oh so quiet and
fast… gross. Nothing is safe around here anymore!
- Obviously you can buy the Kidco locks new and you won’t need the Scotch tape. But if you’re trying to reuse these, then the Scotch tape (or something similar) is necessary to replace the tape that came off. Make sure you get a key for the locks… I think a strong magnet will work as well, but I know I don’t keep strong magnets sitting around my house.
- 3M Scotch Heavy Duty Mounting Tape
Now you’re just going to remove the backs to the stickers on the other side and mount the locks to your new cabinets, making sure to line them up careful. Press and hold for a few to help get a good seal and DO NOT put the lock in “locked” position for a while (I think the original instructions was 24 hrs). That gives some time for the locks to really stick before your toddler gives it a trial run.