Cabinet Doors Updated With Molding

If you’re looking to update your kitchen but can’t afford new cabinets, then Brandi from Don’t Disturb This Groove just may have the perfect idea.  She updated her flat slab cabinet doors with molding and a fresh coat of paint, and the difference is remarkable!

The doors started out looking like this…

And after the molding was applied and the cabinets were painted, they now look like this…

Pretty amazing, right?  I especially love the added “X” detail on the cabinet doors above the stove.  Head over to Don’t Disturb This Groove to see many more photos and details of the cabinets.

I’m no stranger to budget cabinet door makeovers myself.  When I couldn’t afford new cabinet doors for my kitchen, I had to do a little creative surgery on my double raised panel doors to turn them into recessed panel doors.  When buying new cabinets isn’t an option, it just takes a little creativity to update what you have!



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  1. Hi Kristi! A million thanks to you for featuring my updated cabinets. My husband and I smile every time we walk in the room, knowing that we were able to drastically change the look of our kitchen on such a small budget!

  2. We used moulding and paint to spruce up our 50’s plywood cabinets, too. We were originally going to do both the upper and lower cabs, but ultimately just did the uppers. Although we chose to make the moulding stand out by painting it the same colour as our wainscot. Our kitchen is no where near finished (or updated at all), but it was a huge improvement over the former forest green (which the counter, unfortunately, still is!).

    You can check it out here, if you’re interested! http://flickr.com/gp/58197583@N03/H0647T

  3. These cabinets look awesome. I am going to do this to my ugly 1980s laminate cabinets. Question, what did you use to attach molding? Also what tools are needed to cut the molding. Thanks! Renee