How to Measure and Make Cabinet Doors from Scratch

In an outdated kitchen, a couple coats of paint may give it a new look, but for some people that is not always enough. Having said that, all kitchen cabinets are basically the same on the inside. What makes them look newer isn’t the cabinet itself. It is the door of the cabinet. A cabinet door can make or break the style of your kitchen and it is much cheaper to replace those cabinet doors, if you know how to measure and make cabinet doors from scratch.

To create cabinet doors, all you need is a few supplies. This may include strips of wood, ideally oak, but you can use whatever you prefer. Beyond that, wood glue, a saw, and some plywood will be enough to tackle all of your cabinets. How many sheets of plywood and how many wood strips will vary depending on the amount of cabinets that you have in your kitchen. That is why your first step should be measuring your existing cabinets to get a rough idea of how large each door should be. Ideally, you will measure the size of the opening and then add a half inch all the way around.

Once measured and you have all of the supplies, you can straight cut your plywood to those dimensions. Your strips, which are about an inch wide, will be straight cut to lay along all edges of the plywood. This will give your cabinet doors depth when you look at them. They look more modern than a flat board, but not over the top fancy.

With the cabinet doors created, you can start painting them a color of your choice. You can also paint the base cabinets easier if you do it before you put the doors on them. If you are changing out your cabinet door hinges, you should paint first and then put the hinges in place. If you are going to use the same hinges, you may choose to paint them, but most likely you will be better off leaving them alone. Painted hinges are not going to keep the paint on them once you start opening and closing the cabinet doors.

Making cabinets from scratch is not a hard task, even if you are making the base cabinets and all. However, if you have the option to simply upgrade using new cabinet doors, this is the easiest way to go. Either way, you will end up feeling as though you have a brand new, updated kitchen.

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