Updating white kitchen cabinets

Now that I had my MDF cut and doors sanded I was ready to add the trim to the cabinets. The first step was prepping the MDF strips, to do this I sanded the edges with #220 grit sandpaper to give them a smooth finish after cutting, Next, I placed the MDF strip flat on a sheet on the ground.Then I placed the cabinet door right side down on top of the strip. Once both sides pieces are attached now we could add the inside trim pieces.If the piece is too big, cut a little bit more from the piece.Your goal is to have this piece fit perfectly with a very little gap. We moved to our new house a little over a week ago. First, I removed all the doors and drawers and then I removed the hardware – hinges, pulls and screws. I had no idea it was copper until after the hardware sat in de-greaser overnight. I screwed the hinges back onto the doors and made a trip to Lowe’s. Ours was a little on the insane side, but it ended perfectly. I decided to trim the doors out to cover part of the old-fashioned hinge that extended onto the cabinet door. I just felt like that poke-y part was a bit too dated.

I let the cabinet doors and drawers dry/cure for almost a week. 🙂 Th fabric is a temporary fix for the appliance garage.

Before I could add the trim to the doors I needed to prep the doors so they were ready for paint.

I decided to strip all the old paint off my cabinet doors because they were not painted very well before But if that is not your case here are some great tutorials on prepping cabinets to paint, from Young House Love and from Cherished Bliss.

In the end, we decided to You have probably seen tutorials on how to DIY a shaker style cabinet door because I have and I used their tutorial to start my updates, like this one or this one.

But something that worried me about their tutorials was using 1/4″ plywood.

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