Whenever I work on my kitchen, I often replace cabinet doors that are too old for refacing. Replacing kitchen cabinet doors is my cheap alternative to buying new furniture.

Replacing Cabinet Doors

There are many reasons why home owners choose to remodel their kitchens. Some wish to have a high appraisal for the house because they want to sell it. Others like me just want to get in with the latest trends. However, buying entirely new kitchen appliances and furniture is expensive.

Because I can’t afford to buy new items for my kitchen, I try to cheat by making my old furniture look new.  I did this by learning how to replace kitchen cabinet doors only.  DIY projects such as replacing kitchen cabinet doors has helped revamp my kitchen without burning a hole through my pockets.

Buying Cabinet Doors

During my readings, I’ve learned that I can replace kitchen cabinet doors either by buying pre-made doors or by making them from raw materials. Of course, buying pre-made doors from furniture companies means less work because I don’t have to make the doors myself. Plus, I can always have the company fit and install the doors for me to ensure that the job is done properly.

However, when buying pre-made cabinet doors, I find that the main problem is the limited design. This is a problem for me because some of my cabinets are custom made and have special designs that need to be matched. Although I can always have furniture companies make custom kitchen doors, those cost a lot of money. And spending more money is counter-intuitive to my goal of remodeling under a budget.

Making Cabinet Doors

Because of this dilemma, I decided to learn how to replace kitchen cabinet doors. I realized that making my own doors will help me get the exact style I want.

I started making cabinet doors by first learning the different types and styles there was. For instance, a partial overlay exposes the frame for about 1.5 inches. On the other hand, a full overlay covers up most of the frame. There’s also the option of choosing between a raised panel or flat panel style or a Shaker style door.

I also learned that once I’ve decided on my door style, the next step is to measure my cabinet. This will help determine the amount of wood I’ll need to get for my doors. I’m actually not very good with numbers, so I’ve managed to find a neat measurement guide online to help me choose the right size of wood. After getting the right measurements, I need to buy wood for the door and the trimmings, wood glue and brad nails or wood clamps.

Once I’ve gathered the materials, the first step is to take the wood and cut it according to the measurements I have. Because I don’t have a saw, I often try to get the lumber store to pre-cut my wood. The same goes with my wood trimmings, they’re also available premade.

Once I have the wood pieces, I assemble them and stick them together using wood glue. I prefer to use brad nails instead of just wood clamps to hold the pieces in place because they make the frame sturdier. Once the glue is dry, I often stain my wood door. Painting is also an option, but I prefer staining.

Installing Cabinet Doors

Whenever I install cabinet doors, I always check to see if the screws and hinges on the old door are still working. I also check the integrity of the cabinet’s wood. I don’t reinstall hinges directly onto the old holes because they may not be sturdy enough.

When I find the perfect spot to mount my hinges to, I mark the spot and measure the distance between the cabinet edges and the marks. I use those measurements to mark my door. I always make sure that the marks on the door and the cabinet line up. If they do not, I adjust the door marks accordingly.

Next, I drill holes on the marks on the door and the cabinet. Then I align the hinges with the holes on the door and fasten them with screws. After that, I fasten the other end of the hinge to the holes in the cabinet. Voila! My cabinet now has a door.

Learning how to replace cabinet doors was one of the best and easiest DIY projects I’ve ever done.

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