DIY Kitchen Cabinet Trim

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Trim can modernize your kitchen, giving it a fresh new look at an affordable price. Installing kitchen cabinet trim is quite easy and can be done in just a weekend with minimal supplies. Depending upon the trim you choose, you can create a traditional, retro or modern look. Adding kitchen cabinet trim is also an ideal way to make your inexpensive stock cabinetry look custom-made.

Choosing your Trim

  • Select trim molding for your kitchen cabinets based on the style of your kitchen and your cabinetry. Your trims should also be scaled appropriately for your cabinetry and kitchen. Very large trims will look out of place in a small space and delicate ones may be lost in a large room. Your local home improvement store should have a wide selection of trims; however, you may also find it helpful to visit local lumberyards or specialty woodworking shops for a wider variety of kitchen cabinet trims. Most trim moldings are sold unfinished, so you will need to paint or stain them to match your cabinetry.

Measuring, Cutting and Sanding

  • Carefully measure your kitchen cabinets, keeping in mind where you intend to place the trim molding. Add a generous allowance in case of errors. Use a miter saw to cut your kitchen cabinet trim to length. Sand each piece thoroughly. Stain or paint as desired, then apply a good quality polyurethane sealer. You may find it helpful to use the scraps to experiment with stain and paint colors, matching your cabinetry as closely as possible. Trim in the kitchen will require regular cleaning, so a good sealer is critical to keep your cabinets beautiful. Be sure to select a sealer finish that matches your cabinetry.

Installing Kitchen Cabinet Trim

  • Kitchen cabinet trim may be installed with glue or finish nails as you prefer. Clean all surfaces well with a degreasing cleaning product before beginning. Be sure to line your trim up carefully, using a level and straight edge for accurate application. If you opt for glue, be sure to remove the cabinetry and glue the trim flat. Use clamps to secure the trim into place while the glue dries. If you are planning secure your kitchen cabinet trim with finish nails, a nail gun can make this process easier and faster. Again, you will be more successful if you remove the cabinet doors before applying your kitchen cabinet trim moldings. Once your trim is in place, reattach your kitchen doors and give everything a final dusting before you stand back and enjoy your revamped kitchen.

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