5 Instances I’ve Made My Personal Cupboard Doorways & Drawer Fronts

I’ve been exhausting at work on my studio the previous couple of days, and I’m lastly engaged on the cupboard doorways and drawer fronts for the entire 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 a variety of time, this entire 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” means, however I’ve my very own easy go-to technique for making cupboard doorways and drawer fronts that all the time produces a end result that I’m happy with.

Making your individual cupboard doorways and drawer fronts is without doubt one of the greatest methods to replace an outdated kitchen or lavatory if the cupboard containers are nonetheless in fine condition and also you’re not altering the structure of the room. And when you’ve bought that down, and should you can construct a easy field, you’ll be able to then construct your individual cupboards or items of furnishings from scratch.

1. Our Condominium Hallway Toilet

The very first time I made my very own cupboard doorways and drawer fronts was for our tiny apartment hallway lavatory. I labored on that rest room simply over ten years in the past, in March 2013.

You possibly can see how I made these cupboards doorways right here, and see the entire lavatory earlier than and after right here. It’s exhausting to consider that was over a decade go! And but, that darkish teal that I used on the partitions in that rest room (Behr Mythic Forest) is identical shade I’ve on our music room bookcases and doorways and the cupboards in our walk-in pantry at the moment. 😀 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 just a few primary instruments (a $99 nail gun and compressor set, a really primary miter noticed, and many others.) on the time, so I knew that I couldn’t make “correct” cupboard doorways that required using a router or desk noticed. As a substitute, I’d need to depend on my primary instruments and many trim to make some fairly (and primary) cupboard doorways.

They might have been primary, however I used to be more than 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 notice how straightforward it’s to make use of a Kreg Hinge Jig to drill the right holes for hidden cupboard door hinges. That might have made these new DIY cupboard doorways look even higher.

2. Our Hallway Cupboard

After I constructed the cupboard 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 model anyway), so I went again to my apartment lavatory days and used that very same thought.

I did make some adjustments 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 lavatory 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 straightforward) model 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. Nicely, 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 easy and stylish. However most of all, they’re simply straightforward to make, and don’t break the bank.

The 4 white drawers within the pantry are a special model, however nonetheless quite simple. These drawer fronts are simply stable items of oak lumber lower to dimension with skinny oak trim connected to the face across the edges. Quite simple. You possibly can see extra of the earlier than and after of our walk-in pantry right here.

4. My Mother’s Kitchen Cupboards

At the start of 2020, my mother and I gave her kitchen a fairly in depth 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 wished 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 a terrific replace from the quintessential skinny Nineteen 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 know the way a lot I really like trim! 😀 You possibly can see extra of my mother’s kitchen makeover right here.

5. Our Grasp Toilet Cupboard

When it got here time to construct the vanities and storage cupboard for our grasp lavatory transform, I made a decision to vary issues up a bit. As a substitute of utilizing my tried and true cupboard door and drawer entrance technique, I made drawer fronts that had been a bit extra concerned. And this time, they did require using a desk noticed (or I may 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 thing needed to be extra exact as a result of I wouldn’t be capable to cheat and conceal my errors with wooden filler and caulk earlier than priming and portray. I really like these firsts that stretch my DIY skills only a bit extra. Even after 30+ years of DIYing, I’m nonetheless studying.

You possibly can see how I made these drawer fronts right here, and you may see the entire lavatory earlier than and after right here.

So after three many years of DIYing, I’ve nonetheless by no means made fancy cupboard doorways that require fancy instruments. And what? I in all probability by no means will. I’m fairly proud of my easy strategies that I exploit, 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 choice, and making fancy ones that require a lot of instruments appears overwhelming to you, simply persist with one thing easy that requires primary instruments. You possibly can rework the look of your kitchen or lavatory with new cupboard doorways and drawer fronts which are quite simple to make.