Add style to your plain raised panel cabinet doors by installing decorative wire mesh inserts. Wire mesh in place of glass or wood adds a bit of rustic charm to the room's decor. The mesh panels come in a variety of metal finishes, including copper or bronze. Select a metal finish that complements your kitchen hardware. This style is ideal for country, cottage or lodge-style homes.
Things You'll Need
- 3/4-inch drill bit
- Sanding block with fine-grit sandpaper
- 1/4-inch straight router bit
- Wire mesh insert, 1/4-inch larger than raised panel dimensions
- Tabs with screws (4)
Place the cabinet door on a work surface with the front side facing up. Drill a 3/4-inch hole approximately 1/4-inch away from the edges of the rail and stile in one corner of the raised panel with a drill and 3/4-inch drill bit. This hole allows access for the jig saw bit. The rails are the top and bottom boards of the frame, and the stiles are the sides.
Insert the jigsaw bit through the hole that you drilled in Step 1. Saw carefully along the edges of the rails and stiles of the cabinet door frame to cut out the raised panel. Remove the panel from the door once it has been completely cut out.
Sand the cut edges on the inside of the door with a sanding block until they are completely smooth. Turn the cabinet door over so that the back side is facing up.
Route a 1/4-inch wide by 1/4-inch deep notch around the inside edge of the cabinet door frame with a router and 1/4-inch straight router bit.
Sand the routed notch with a sanding block until it is completely smooth. Insert the wire mesh insert into the notched space in the back of the cabinet door. Trim the wire to size, if necessary, using wire cutters.
Center one tab on each side of the mesh panel. Align the mounting hole in each tab 1/4-inch in from the inside edge of the opening. Drive the included screws through the holes in the tabs into the cabinet door frame with a screwdriver.
Tips & Warnings
- Install hardware to match the color of the wire mesh inserts, including hinges, handles and pulls.
- Wear eye and ear protection when operating power tools. Wire mesh edges may be sharp; wear heavy work gloves when working with this material to avoid puncture wounds.
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