Asked on Sep 29, 2020

Cabinet door refinish -- latch hits frame

BetsyUnique Creations By AnitaCindy


Looking for some insight as to why -- after stripping an old bathroom medicine cabinet door and staining, cleaning the hinges and reattaching -- the door fits in the frame but the latch on the knob (which doesn't move) hits the frame so the door won't shut completely. I tried readjusting the hinges and they look flush with the previous placement. Any thoughts are welcome! Thanks!

16 answers
  • Maura White
    on Sep 29, 2020

    Maybe the painted wood expanded a bit so now it won't fit? Is there a way to remove the knob?

  • William
    on Sep 29, 2020

    It looks like you have a ball latch. The ball is spring loaded and should move in and out. It should move. Refinishing the door may have gotten some dirt, crud, or solvent around the ball. Try some WD40 or cooking oil on the ball and gently pushing it and out to free it up. I don't see a strike plate but there should be one to protect the wood cabinet.

  • Mogie
    on Sep 29, 2020

    I would look into using a dremel to grind the point down on the latch.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Sep 29, 2020

    I think it is because yu made a picture super close .. I would leave it alone ...since your wood is not treated yet it may expand

  • Michelle
    on Sep 29, 2020

    I had this happen. I allowed a few weeks for the paint to cure and then was able to close the cabinet

  • That ball should move in and out to allow the door to close. Can you push on it a bit to see if you can unstick it?

  • Dee
    on Sep 30, 2020

    If you can push it, just wait until the paint cures. It may go back into place. If not just grind down the latch, with a dremel or 60 grit sandpaper.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Sep 30, 2020

    It appears the hardware isn't moving. The little tip should move in for the door to be closed and back out to keep it in place. You might have gotten a bit of paint in the mechanism. Try a drop of lithium white grease to lubricate and make sure there is no paint on the inside of the door on the catch side.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Sep 30, 2020

    Yeah I think someone else also suggested it: I would try cleaning that little latch and applying wd-40. It does take awhile (depending on the type of products you used) for everything to completely cure and dry.

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir
    on Sep 30, 2020

    It appears as though it fits. Maybe put some oil or lubricant on the ball.

  • Ken Erickson
    on Oct 1, 2020

    Is the ball stuck? It may need to be cleaned. I have those on a curio cabinet, but there is a metal strike plate to keep the wood protected.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Oct 1, 2020

    Hello there,

    Have you tried WD-40 on the latch to try and release it?

  • Cindy
    on Oct 5, 2020

    Is there any way you can grease the ball in the ball latch? It might have taken on some dirt or debris when you stripped and stained the wood. The hinges look good. This is not a hinge problem. I believe it's a ball latch problem.

  • Unique Creations By Anita
    on Oct 5, 2020

    You may have hydrated the wood and it has swallow out.

  • Betsy
    on Oct 5, 2020

    Hi Laura: Just an observation. Is the piece of the latch facing us convex and the other side flat? Perhaps it's on backwards and is supposed to roll off of the convex side into the frame and latch. The know has no action on this latch?

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