What I ended up doing is transforming my flat doors into shaker style cabinets by simply adding trim to the doors. I will be sharing with you my process for painting kitchen cabinets and doors tomorrow.
Shaker Style Cabinets Supplies:– 1 or 2 sheets of 4×8 1/4″ plywood ripped down into 2.5″ strips – Miter Saw – Nail Gun – Orbital Sander – Detail Sander – Wood Filler – Putty Knife DISCLAIMER: I am a DIYer, not a professional carpenter.
It will depend on your cabinets for what you should by.– How did you line up the trim pieces?
To be honest, I measured as best I could, but I did have to do a lot of extra cutting.
On the bright side the cabinets are solid oak and were in overall great condition, but they were coated, and I mean coated in grease.
This house was a foreclosure, but I’m pretty sure that whoever lived here before us fried food in the kitchen daily.
My doors have a slightly rounded edge, so I measured right were the rounding started, this does leave a small lip on the outside of all my trim.
These doors are NOT perfect, but you would have to look pretty hard to find a problem with them. I am not responsible for any errors you might encounter when using this tutorial as a guide.I chose not to caulk the inside and outside edges of the trim.There weren’t any gaps between the trim and door, so I skipped it.Once you have your pieces cut and the edges sanded, using your Ryobi Airstrike Nailer, nail each trim peace onto the door starting with your two vertical pieces, and then your horizontal pieces. As soon as you have all your doors build it’s time to get out the wood filler. If you have any deep scratches or holes in your doors, now is a good time to repair those as well.Following the directions on your container let dry, and sand with 220 grit sandpaper until smooth.; )I did full length strips vertically first, and then filled in the tops and bottoms between those two strips.Be sure to take this under consideration when you are measuring for your horizontal strips.You will get the hang of where to sand once you get in the rhythm of building these doors. I went with oak because that is what my cabinets are.Make sure you have all your holes filled/sanded and the doors wiped down free of any dust…. I will be sharing how I painted my Shaker Style cabinets and doors tomorrow, so be sure to stop back by for my tips on that! I personally prefer something with less of a grain.I bleached it twice, but it just need to be completely redone. After lots of research and planning – I created a plan. This might get a little lengthy, so let’s jump right in shall we. It took me about 100 trips to the hardware store, so maybe I can help you reduce that number a little!Since I was starting off with flat doors, I had to turn them into shaker style cabinets somehow. I briefly considered making completely new doors, but as you might expect, that can cost quite a bit. ; )This tutorial will be for how I actually transformed the doors into shaker style cabinets.