Updating kitchen cabinets using decorative molding
Painting is the obvious answer for dated cabinets, but I was worried that the plain, flat-front doors might still look cheap & bland, even with a fresh coat of paint.I thought that adding simple trim to the fronts would really dress them up and make them look more expensive than they are.
Here are several different ideas for freshening up the space using items such as paint, bead board and decorative molding.Cabinet Cutouts: If you want framed glass doors but don’t have a center panel to remove, here’s how to make them cutting your old doors with a jig saw.Painted & Distressed Edges: Surfaces are sanded, painted with two coats of primer, paint then edges distressed with a sander.What I ended up doing is transforming my flat doors into shaker style cabinets by simply adding trim to the doors. I will be sharing with you my process for painting kitchen cabinets and doors tomorrow.Supplies: – 1 or 2 sheets of 4×8 1/4″ plywood ripped down into 2.5″ strips – Miter Saw – Nail Gun – Orbital Sander – Detail Sander – Wood Filler – Putty Knife DISCLAIMER: I am a DIYer, not a professional carpenter.They’re also among the most expensive feature to replace in the kitchen.
So that’s where these inexpensive cosmetic miracles fit in.
This kitchen remodel has been my biggest undertaking yet, and definitely the most fun!
When we were looking to buy this house I knew without a doubt something had to be done with the kitchen.
You can paint most cabinet surfaces, but proper prep is key to success.
For laminate and melamine finishes, be sure to rough up the surface with 150-grit sandpaper, and apply a good bonding primer before topping it off with the color of your choice.
(Spoiler: nnnnnoootttt.) My sisters & I were outside tackling the cabinet doors.