I’ve been arduous at work on my studio the previous couple of days, and I’m lastly engaged on the cupboard doorways and drawer fronts for all the cupboards. That is my first time utilizing IKEA cupboards, and since I can’t go away nicely sufficient alone, I’m sanding all of them down, including trim, and priming and portray them. And whereas beginning with IKEA cupboard doorways and drawer fronts will save me plenty of time, this complete course of is reminding me of all of the occasions I made my very own cupboard doorways and drawer fronts from scratch.
I’ve by no means made something like Shaker doorways the “correct” manner, however I’ve my very own easy go-to methodology for making cupboard doorways and drawer fronts that all the time produces a end result that I’m happy with.
Making your personal cupboard doorways and drawer fronts is among the greatest methods to replace an outdated kitchen or toilet if the cupboard containers are nonetheless in good condition and also you’re not altering the structure of the room. And when you’ve acquired that down, and should you can construct a easy field, you possibly can then construct your personal cupboards or items of furnishings from scratch.
1. Our Rental Hallway Toilet
The very first time I made my very own cupboard doorways and drawer fronts was for our tiny condo hallway bathroom. I labored on that loo simply over ten years in the past, in March 2013.
You may see how I made those cabinets doors here, and see the whole bathroom before and after here. It’s arduous to consider that was over a decade go! And but, that darkish teal that I used on the partitions in that loo (Behr Mythic Forest) is identical coloration I’ve on our music room bookcases and doors and the cabinets in our walk-in pantry at present. 😀 Some issues by no means change, like my love for teal. Anyway…
I actually had no thought what I used to be doing on the time. I solely had a couple of primary instruments (a $99 nail gun and compressor set, a really primary miter noticed, and so forth.) on the time, so I knew that I couldn’t make “correct” cupboard doorways that required the usage of a router or desk noticed. As a substitute, I’d should depend on my primary instruments and plenty of trim to make some fairly (and primary) cupboard doorways.
They could have been primary, however I used to be very happy with how they turned out. They had been an enormous improve from the unique doorways.
Sadly, ten years in the past, I didn’t understand how simple it’s to make use of a Kreg Hinge Jig to drill the right holes for hidden cupboard door hinges. That may have made these new DIY cupboard doorways look even higher.
2. Our Hallway Cupboard
When I built the cabinet in our hallway, I undoubtedly had acquired extra instruments than I had once we lived within the tiny apartment. However I nonetheless didn’t have the instruments required to make one thing like a Shaker door (which is absolutely not my type anyway), so I went again to my apartment toilet days and used that same idea.
I did make some modifications on these cupboards doorways and drawer fronts, like including extra trim, and utilizing the Kreg Hinge Jig in order that the hinges on the cupboard doorways wouldn’t present. Simply that one change alone actually took these doorways up a notch from my authentic apartment toilet cupboard doorways with the uncovered hinges.
3. Our Stroll-In Pantry Cupboards
Our walk-in pantry was the primary time I had ever constructed a full room of cupboards from scratch. And as soon as once more, when it got here time to do the doorways and drawer fronts, I went again to my previous trusted (and really simple) type of cupboard doorways and drawer fronts.
Are you sensing a theme right here? 😀 Mainly, in all my years of DIYing and transforming, I’ve by no means made a correct Shaker door or some other sort of door or drawer entrance that requires desk saws or routers or something like that. Only a round noticed, a miter noticed, and a brad nailer is all I’ve ever used to make cupboard doorways and drawer fronts. Effectively, these plus a Kreg Hinge Jig. And I’ve been happy with them each time!
I like that they’ve somewhat little bit of visible curiosity with the trim, however they’re not overly fussy. They’re the right mix of straightforward and chic. However most of all, they’re simply simple to make, and don’t break the bank.
The 4 white drawers within the pantry are a unique type, however nonetheless quite simple. These drawer fronts are simply strong items of oak lumber reduce to measurement with skinny oak trim connected to the face across the edges. Quite simple. You can see more of the before and after of our walk-in pantry here.
4. My Mother’s Kitchen Cupboards
Initially of 2020, my mother and I gave her kitchen a pretty extensive makeover. She didn’t need to change the structure of her kitchen in any respect, and her cupboard containers had been in nice form. She simply needed to replace the doorways and drawer fronts.
So we made quite simple plywood slab doorways with the sides completed off with edge banding, after which a little bit of trim inset on the faces of the doorways. What she ended up with was easy but elegant, and as soon as once more, didn’t require any fancy instruments.
And these new doorways and drawer fronts had been an ideal replace from the quintessential skinny Sixties cupboard doorways with the routed design on entrance that she began out with.
It truly is wonderful what somewhat little bit of trim can do. And should you’ve been round right here for lengthy, you understand how a lot I like trim! 😀 You can see more of my mom’s kitchen makeover here.
5. Our Grasp Toilet Cupboard
When it got here time to construct the vanities and storage cupboard for our master bathroom remodel, I made a decision to vary issues up a bit. As a substitute of utilizing my tried and true cupboard door and drawer entrance methodology, I made drawer fronts that had been a bit extra concerned. And this time, they did require the usage of a desk noticed (or I might have used a router) to make a body for every drawer.
This was additionally my first time to construct cupboards out of good wooden (walnut) that wasn’t going to be primed and painted. That meant that every little thing needed to be extra exact as a result of I wouldn’t be capable of cheat and conceal my errors with wooden filler and caulk earlier than priming and portray. I like these firsts that stretch my DIY skills only a bit extra. Even after 30+ years of DIYing, I’m nonetheless studying.
So after three many years of DIYing, I’ve nonetheless by no means made fancy cupboard doorways that require fancy instruments. And you realize what? I most likely by no means will. I’m fairly pleased with my easy strategies that I take advantage of, so why repair one thing that isn’t damaged? 😀 So should you’re needing new cupboard doorways and drawer fronts, however shopping for new isn’t an possibility, and making fancy ones that require numerous instruments appears overwhelming to you, simply keep on with one thing easy that requires primary instruments. You may remodel the look of your kitchen or toilet with new cupboard doorways and drawer fronts which might be quite simple to make.
Addicted 2 Adorning is the place I share my DIY and adorning journey as I rework and beautify the 1948 fixer higher that my husband, Matt, and I purchased in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do bodily work, so I do the vast majority of the work on the home on my own. You can learn more about me here.