Kitchen: Cabinet Resurface – Pennies per Door

 DIY Kitchen Makeover: Cabinet Resurface for Pennies per Door
When we first walked through this house, I quickly noticed the tall cabinets and that totally impressed me.  Very uncommon for this age home.  So many homes in this neighbor have a fur down instead, which is totally useless space!  I’m all about a GREAT update without totally breaking the bank!  Especially since we don’t have a SUPER HUGE bank to break!
I tend to be drawn to modern country decor, but the basic lines of mission style cabinetry always intrigues me.  Here’s a little inspiration!
My kitchen cabinets although as boring and drab as they come are very solid and gutting them seemed like a waste!  This was one of the selling features for us.  Kitchen remodels can be crazy expensive and the thought of reaching awesome for not too much intrigued me!  We decided to keep them and give them some LOVE, aka, dimension!  We bought “under layment” intended for under hardwood floors.  This board is about an 1/8 of an inch thick and is found near the plywood.  It runs around $20 for a large sheet.  We totally lucked out and the guy working when we went in didn’t know the rules {neither did we}!  Thankfully the machine did all the work and it never seemed one bit of dangerous.  He cut a huge board down into two inch strips for us!  And he was TOTALLY happy to help!  Don’t you love it when you come across someone thrilled about working!  Totally energizes me!  One board cut took a good 20 minutes, but it was plenty for our entire kitchen and WAY cheaper than refacing the cabinets with new doors.
The doors had holes from the hardware and hinges, but it was not big deal….no need to add wood filler and sand and such…the holes were covered!  Oh, and out of curiosity, I had Stud “rip” another board into strips and it was painless.  We set up another board to guide our under layment through the table saw evenly.  Setting up the guide took the longest part…cutting was a breeze!

With the long strips cut, we first, measured the length of each cabinet and using a brad gun we secured the strips with two brads at the top, two brads at the bottom, and one in the middle.  After ALL the vertical trim pieces were secure, we measured between the vertical strips to determine the length needed for the horizontal trim pieces.  Once those were measured and cut, we secured them with more brads.
We used paintable silicone sealant to fill any gap along the inside perimeter of the trim.  And followed with paint {tutorial coming soon}.
Above Stud’s working on filling the huge rectangle hole from the old style previous stove top!  Yes…we did a little sanding to get that baby flush!!!  Don’t you totally feel for those poor brand new hardwood floors!!!?!

Progress…Can you see it?!?!  Oh, and yes…I know I’m a tacky mommy with a totally chaotic refrigerator!  My new trick {beginning today} is I’m going to use the other side and try to leave this side bare!  I totally want to put a board there to make the fridge more built in, but that’s going to take a crazy amount of imagination and skill because there isn’t enough space!  Where’s your favorite clutter space!?!  What do you do with random pictures that friends give you!?!?  Tips!?!?  Suggestions!?!?

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  1. Barbm1712 says:

    This is exactly the fix I was looking for two years ago when we DIY’d our kitchen with new wall paint, cabinet pull and knobs/hinges and vintage style new light fixtures. We have flat doors with minor rounding at the edges and I wanted them square with this trim. After $100.00 of mistakes (molding wasn’t mitered correctly, pulled from the cabinetry before we could get the paint on and other disasters, I gave up, sanded them down and just painted them white. We have since acquired a finishing nailer so hopefully this time we can get it done the way I envisioned it! It means repainting the doors again, but I’m ok with a little paint just for the doors, at least I don’t have to empty the cabinets of all the kitchen stuff again! THANK YOU! Here’s hoping we can get HD to do the ‘ripping’ for us, we don’t own a saw! We aren’t adding to the drawers either, the 2 inch trim would add too much ‘boxy’ to the kitchen, just the doors. Really great and I can’t wait til Easter break to get started ‘finishing’ our kitchen! Thank you again.

  2. Ken says:

    Hi Aimee,
    I love what you did with your kitchen cabinets, we’re doing the same thing. Subway tile and nice granite looking top. I’m adding the thin trim to the doors but I’m thinking NOT to add to the drawer surface. I can’t really tell from your photos, but I’m thinking between the doors and drawers there’s a depth difference. By adding a 1/4″ trim around the doors does that look alright? Do you have a close up of the two. Looks like that would be just to the right of your cook top. I have one area where a drawer is above a door I just want it to look right. Please let me know what you think or send more pics. Thank you!

  3. Nicole says:

    Hi Aimee!
    I absolutely LOVE what you’ve done to your cabinets! My kitchen cabinets are just like your “before” and I’m currently in the process of repainting them, but I’d like to add some dimention like yours! I know this post is a few years old, but I have searched & can’t find what you did with those darned rounded edges so the strips sat flush against them! Wood filler? Backer rod then caulk?
    This is new territory for me, but this post is so inspiring & fingers crossed, will be easy enough for a newbie like myself!

  4. sarracenia says:

    Thanks for all the details. I’ve wanted to do this but had no clue about procedures material & those rounded edges. You’re great. Now let’s see if I can find how to handle ugly hinges.

  5. Stefani says:

    Would love to see how these cabinets turned out! There’s no link so I can’t figure out how to get there….

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