How to Use Wall Molding to Reface Kitchen Cabinets

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These kitchen cabinets are ready for wall-molding installation.
These kitchen cabinets are ready for wall-molding installation. (Image: le kitchen image by sumos from Fotolia.com)

Remodeling your kitchen cabinets is as easy as installing decorative wall molding on the doors. Using wall molding to brighten kitchen cabinets is much more cost-effective than completely replacing your kitchen cabinets, or even the cabinet doors. Knowing how to apply wall molding to your cabinets will help.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Painting primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Latex paint
  • Wall molding
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Miter saw
  • Nail gun
  • Finish nails
  • Caulk

Lightly sand the cabinet doors with fine-grit sandpaper. Once you have sanded the cabinets, wipe them down with a tack cloth to remove extra dust.

Apply primer to the cabinets with a paintbrush. Adding a primer will help to provide a seamless visual transition between the cabinet and the molding. Allow the primer to dry to the touch.

Decide on the design you want to create with the molding. Many homeowners simply choose to create a small box on the front of their flat-panel cabinet doors. Others add molding to other places on their cabinets. The choice is one of preference, although adding molding to the doors may give you the biggest bang for your buck.

Prime the molding and let it dry. After priming, paint the molding with latex paint.

Measure the wall molding to size and mark it with a pencil; cut on a miter saw. When cutting the molding for corners, cut it on a 45-degree angle.

Attach the molding to the cabinets with a nail gun and finish nails. Apply a small amount of caulk around the molding to fill the seams and any small gaps.

Paint the entire cabinet with several coats of latex paint, letting each coat dry before applying another one.

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