Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Ideas


Remodeling kitchen cabinets yourself saves money and allows you to pick the style and color of the doors. If the cabinet is worn or damaged it may need more than the usual coat of paint. Reface the cabinet with unusual ideas for a one-of-a-kind kitchen that you can create yourself.

Refacing Entire Cabinets

  • Refacing kitchen cabinets costs less money than buying new. For a wood front, resurface the cabinets with wood veneer. You'll need to take off the doors and unscrew the hardware and hinges before you start. A degreaser and sandpaper gets the surface ready for veneer. Affix the veneer with spray adhesive and a pneumatic nailer. Continue the steps on the cabinet sides. Use a laminate cutter and veneer with adhesive already applied for the cabinet trim.

    Apply wallpaper to the front of cabinets using decoupage glue. Look for a cheery berry print for a country or retro kitchen. Damask patterned wallpaper gives an elegant touch to a room. Blow up a recipe and print it out to decoupage the front of cabinet doors for graphic visual appeal.

Cabinet Additions

  • Adding elements to your cabinetry is an easy and inexpensive way to resurface doors. Your kitchen can become a photo gallery. Paint a small picture frame the same color as the cabinet door. Put your picture in the frame and attach it to the door with screws. Use floral prints for a Victorian kitchen or family photos for a sentimental cabinet door. Place the photo treatment on just a few focal cupboard doors so it doesn't become overwhelming. Black adds a modern touch to cabinetry, but it can also be useful. Use chalkboard paint on door fronts for a stylish message board. Install a piece of molding on the bottom of the cabinet for a place to put chalk. Magnetic paint under the paint color of your choice makes for a useful cabinet refinishing project. Large dot magnets add a contemporary feel to cupboards.

    Add trim to a flat panel door for interest. A traditional door has trim around the edge or a few inches from the end of the door. For a modern trim accent, reface the door with strips of wood. Place the strips in a random grid-work pattern for an architectural element.

Cabinet Cut-outs

  • Cut-outs allow you to replace the middle of kitchen cabinets with a new surface removing any damaged parts. Paint the rest of the door for a new look. Cut out the center of the door with a jigsaw and a router. Replace it with whimsical fabric panels or frosted glass in a modern kitchen.


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