Fast Fix: Kitchens

Streamlined Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

With a few simple steps and basic materials, you can take the look of your kitchen cabinets from humdrum to high-end.

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Materials Needed:

  • flat kitchen cabinet door fronts
  • wood glue
  • half-round decorative molding
  • miter saw
  • HVLP paint sprayer
  • gallon of primer
  • gallon of high-gloss porch and deck paint
  • sheet plastic
  • drill and drill bit
  • door pulls
  • painters' tape
  • marker
  • drill or screw driver

Prepare Door Fronts

Identify each cabinet and its corresponding door with painters' tape marked with the same number. Remove cabinet door fronts and existing hardware then wipe with a damp cloth to assure clean surface. Choose a partially covered, well-ventilated outdoor space then cover floor and walls with sheet plastic. Lay door fronts flat on ground or against wall.

Add Decorative Molding

Using a miter saw, cut decorative molding to size, then miter edges. Add wood glue to back of molding, pressing each piece in its place. Once glue has dried, caulk inside and outside edges of molding.

Create Holes for Hardware

Mark off screw holes for the door pulls then drill through back of the cabinet door.

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