How to Upgrade Kitchen Cabinet Doors With Molding


Many home owners live with basic kitchen cabinets because they believe it will cost too much money to upgrade them. Molding can be an inexpensive way to add interest to kitchen cabinet doors. By simply adding a few pieces of this decorative wood, you can get the look of new upgraded cabinets without the cost.

Things You'll Need

  • Molding
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Miter box
  • Hand saw
  • Clamps
  • Wood glue
  • Paint or stain
  • Paint brush
  • Choose the molding to go on your kitchen cabinet doors. Select a molding that matches your home's style. For example, a traditional kitchen might require a dentil molding, while a casual kitchen may only need a simple rounded piece.

  • Remove your cabinet doors at the hinges using a screwdriver. Keep the screws together so they are easy to find when it comes time to hang the doors back up.

  • Draw a rectangle on the cabinet door that is parallel to the edges of the door. The molding will be placed in a rectangle that is smaller than the door. How much smaller is based on the look you are going for.

  • Measure the distance of each side of the rectangle where your molding will be and mark those distances on each piece of molding with a pencil. Be sure to measure precisely to ensure the molding will fit on your cabinets.

  • Place the molding in the miter box and line your markings on the molding with the 45 degree angle slot on the miter box. Slowly cut the molding in a back and forth motion using a hand saw.

  • Apply wood glue in a thin strip on the flat side of the molding. Then place the molding where you marked on the cabinet door and hold in place with a clamp placed on either end of the molding.

  • Repeat steps 3 through 6 until all the cabinets have had molding added.

  • Let the glue set for 12 to 24 hours before removing the clamps. This time allows the glue to set, so do not remove them before then.

  • Paint or stain the molding with a paint brush to match your existing cabinetry and let dry. Then rehang your cabinets.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mark each cabinet using a pencil, stating where each door was. This will make rehanging the doors a snap.
  • Use caution when handling a saw to avoid injury.

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