One of the best ways to get a streamlined look in a kitchen is to use cabinet-matching panel kits to change the look of stainless steel or plain white doors on a built-in side-by-side refrigerator/freezer combination. Before you begin, make sure it is possible to install a wood panel on your refrigerator door because not all refrigerators are customizable. If it is, then order the wood panel door kit specifically for it.
Things You'll Need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Drill with bits, including 1/16-inch bit
- Wood panel kit
Temporarily mount the panel over the existing door. Slide the panel onto the bottom trim. The support bracket tabs on the bottom of the panel slip into the slots on the trim. Push the panel back against the door. Check to make sure it is flush with the hinge side trim. Drive two screws through the back of the trim into the panel. Slide the door extrusion (the long piece of aluminum) on the open end of the door between the panel and door and temporarily hold it with two screws.
Pick a place for the handles. They can go anywhere you like on the panel but should be 3/4 inches to 1.5 inches from the end of the extrusion. Drill two pilot holes for each handle. If there is also a freezer, make sure it's level with the opposite door.
Assemble the panel, extrusion and handle. Remove the door extrusions and panels from the refrigerator. Drill pilot holes through the extrusion. Then, drill clearance holes through the panel and the extrusion. The screws should pass through the extrusion, panel and into the handle.
Mount the assembled panel. As in Step 1, slide the panel onto the bottom trim using the tabs and slots. Push the panel onto the door and secure with screws at the top, hinge side and end of the door.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
How to Build Your Own Wooden Refrigerator Doors
Wooden refrigerator doors give a sleek, modern look to any kitchen. Although pre-made wooden doors are only available for a narrow range...
How to Install Refrigerator Panels
One way to save money when remodeling your kitchen is to keep your old appliances, especially if they are in good working...
How to Replace the Shelf Bar in the Refrigerator Door
The breaking of the refrigerator door shelving crossbar is usually due to the constant stress of the door opening and closing. This...
How to Change the Door Panel of a Stainless Refrigerator
Many refrigerators come equipped with stainless-steel exterior doors. This protects the outside of the fridge, but the inside can still be prone...
How to Cover a Refrigerator Door With Wood
A plain white refrigerator door doesn’t always offer the visual appeal you wish to have in your kitchen. Purchasing a new refrigerator...
How to Fit Subzero Wood Door Panels
Subzero refrigerators and freezers come in a variety of models, each with various door finish options to meet the design and needs...
How to Replace Wood Door Panels
Many popular interior and exterior doors come in panel styles. While they add character and aesthetic appeal to the door, their real...
How to Install Sub-Zero Fridge Panels
Adding cabinet panels to your Sub-Zero refrigerator will provide a custom look. Cabinet panels can only be applied to certain appliances that...
How to Glue Wood to a Refrigerator
When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, several home owners attempt to create a strong sense of uniformity. It is important to...
DIY Refrigerator Panels
Refrigerator panels allow homeowners to hide away unattractive refrigerator fronts. A brand new kitchen remodel can be drastically affected by an unattractive...
How to Refinish a Refrigerator Door
Over time, a refrigerator door may become marred by nicks and stains. While some people may opt to purchase a new appliance...