Tuesday, March 26

Cabinet Door Makeover

Okay, I really am getting to the painting story. But I realized I should start at the beginning with our cabinet door makeover. It started when I found a brand-spanking new cabinet at a yard sale for $5. It would fit perfectly in our kitchen remodel and it had this fun detail on the doors.

It turned out to be a great inspiration for how to blend all our cabinets together. We ended up using a mix of existing cabinets, purchased cabinets, and home-built cabinets so we really needed a way to make them look cohesive. So what better than putting a matching trim detail on all the doors? Here's what we used to pull it off:
  • 1/4" plywood
  • table saw
  • hand saw (you could also use a miter saw or circular saw)
  • wood glue
  • finishing nails
  • wood filler
  • sandpaper
Our first step was cutting the plywood into strips. We used a table saw to cut strips 2 1/2" wide for the frame pieces, and 2" wide for the center stile (we had 2 really narrow doors that got 1" center stiles instead). Once the strips were cut, we just went door-by-door measuring to cut the strips to length. We started by cutting the side pieces to the full height of the door. Next we cut the top and bottom boards to fit in between the side boards, then the stile to run between those. (for a different look you could leave out the center stile and just do the outline)

Once we had a set cut and ready we started with a dry run to make sure things fit together well. Then we attached all the boards with wood glue and a few 1/2" finishing nails.

We let them sit in the basement overnight for the glue to dry. Then we used a wood filler to fill any gaps and nail holes in trim. After some more dry time, we sanded everything nice and smooth.

Then we were ready for primer and paint! But we're getting to that. Until then here's a little peek at the the finished doors. It really made them look like whole new cabinets with just a small investment!

Anybody else been working on a kitchen update or revamping old cabinetry?


  1. Okay. I must. Go. To. Bed. Now. I've spent WAAAAAYYY too much time studying your house and posts. But thank you.

    1. Ha ha, thank you! That makes me smile. Hope you got some sleep! :)