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Kitchen Cabinet Door Transformation:: Hit Or Miss?

After spending my weekend working on my kitchen, I can finally show you the result of the kitchen cabinet door transformation. I know…it’s taken me FOREVER to finish, and you’ve probably even forgotten about it!

In fact, the painting is STILL not finished!! At one point this weekend, I was certain that I was nearing completion with painting my doors, so I stopped and counted. I still had twelve…TWELVE…doors that needed to be painted. I have the tiniest kitchen known to man. How could it possibly be that I still had that many doors!? I’m convinced that they’re multiplying.

So while I still don’t have the finished cabinets/cubbies to show you, I DO have at least a couple of the transformed doors painted, so I can show you how they turned out.

First, let’s revisit the original doors.


Yuck. I don’t dislike raised panel doors in general, but double-panel? Definitely not my favorite, and especially in such a tiny place. It just made the room look so busy!

So, I broke out the jigsaw, orbital sander, some thin plywood, and construction adhesive to transform them from raised double-panel doors to shaker style doors.


And now, after the cutting, sanding, gluing, priming, and painting, those doors now look like this:


And a side-by-side comparison:


Looks pretty good, huh? Of course, the big question is…how do the old transformed doors compare with the new doors? Well, have a look for yourself.


Of course, they’re not a perfect match. But I was incredibly pleased with how close they are. And of course, they really are the same color, but these pics were from opposite sides of the kitchen, so the slight variation in lighting makes the doors look slightly different in color.

So what do you think? Is it a hit, or a miss? I’m pretty darn pleased with the outcome, myself.

I hope to have the rest of the doors painted and installed very soon, so I’ll show you the whole thing–cabinets, countertops, sink…everything!!

**I’m linking this post to the Before & After Party at Thrifty Decor Chick, Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch and DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land.

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17 Comments

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    Empty Nest Full Life
    January 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I would be interested in exactly what your process was. I have some old doors that I would like to re-do in a most inexpensive way, mine however don't look as good as yours did to begin with. Jackie

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    January 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Jackie~
    I took pictures of every step, and I'll try to get a how-to post written soon. The process was time-consuming, but it wasn't difficult, by any means.

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    standsure
    January 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I think it's a hit Kristi but I love painted finishes. Can't wait to see the entire room.
    Susan

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    Anonymous
    January 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Looks so good! I never would have thought of changing the style of the doors. Probably would have just painted the old cabinets and settled for that. They will look so much better this way though. Such a neat, clean look.
    Jan E.

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    Sally
    January 5, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I love that color. Love it.

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    Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking
    January 5, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Looks just as good to me! Pretty color. I'm hosting a Power of Paint Party starting late tonight & every Wednesdays… I'd love it if you'd link up your kitchen.

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    paintergal
    January 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Found your blog from the Homegoods page on facebook.
    I love what you've done! Fabulous work creating your own doors.
    The color will be wonderful in your kitchen.
    It is a long process, painting kitchen cab's. (I've done it twice now)
    But, keep going. The results will be so worth it!

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    Pema Lodrön
    January 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    It's a hit, of course. Next time, show us a step by step, would ya?

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    Lehi Carpet Cleaners
    September 30, 2010 at 11:08 am

    the new one looks very nice and clean.
    and really is looking new.
    a step by step video would be very appreciated 🙂

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    Joethekitchencontractor
    October 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Great work but I'm not sure about that colour but then again I dont know how you plan to dress up the kitchen. Either way the workmanship looks pretty good

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    RTA Cabinets
    October 28, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Perfect job..Thanks for sharing a great tip fixing furniture..because fixing is much better than buying a new one its quite expensive.

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    Anonymous
    February 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I am looking for something to attach on our cabinet doors…My wife likes the "Rooster" theme and we find pleanty of dishes and towels with colorful roosters…Are there any flat rooster panels that can be attached to cabinet doors…lets say, similar to attaching a cabinet door handle but in the middle of the panel instead??…please advise

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    February 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Anonymous~~I don't think I've ever seen anything like that. You could use a stencil and paint the design, but that would be pretty labor-intensive to do that on all of the doors.

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    RTA Cabinets
    April 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Perfect job..Thanks for sharing a great tip fixing furniture..because fixing is much better than buying a new one its quite expensive.

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    Joethekitchencontractor
    April 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Great work but I'm not sure about that colour but then again I dont know how you plan to dress up the kitchen. Either way the workmanship looks pretty good

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    paintergal
    April 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Found your blog from the Homegoods page on facebook.
    I love what you've done! Fabulous work creating your own doors.
    The color will be wonderful in your kitchen.
    It is a long process, painting kitchen cab's. (I've done it twice now)
    But, keep going. The results will be so worth it!

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    Stuart_rubenstein
    September 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Your cabinets look great!! Keep sending more photo's and posts.

    Stuart

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