Kitchen cabinet doors are the first attention holders in your kitchen. It is not only the colors, the wood or the handles that are important, but the general appearance and style of the cabinets that catch attention above all. Then it is imperative that you choose the right style, color and finish of your kitchen cabinet doors. Here are some tips and options you can use:
Glass kitchen cabinet doors
Glass kitchen cabinet doors are very stylish and classy when it comes to displaying your expensive or antique utensils, china and dishes. Decorative lighting can emphasize it immensely from the inside and create a very rich look.
However, there are a few considerations to make when choosing glass for your kitchen cabinet doors. You may want to go for transparent, textured, opaque, colored or designed glass depending on how much you want to show or hide.
- Transparent glass is suitable for cabinets used for dishes or china for display.
- Textured glass is rough to the touch and comes in different varieties.
- Opaque gives a dull appearance and can be used for a glass look with comfortably hidden objects.
- Colored or designed glass can add a touch of art to the kitchen and keep the items inside the cabinet hidden.
Unfinished kitchen cabinet doors
When choosing doors, it is better to go for unfinished kitchen cabinet doors. You can get high quality oak and maple doors well within your budget. This is because you don’t have to pay for the final design and finish.
You can comfortably get replacement front doors and give them the look and finish you want. Keep in mind the exact measurements you need. You can install a glass or metal wire in front of the door to improve its appearance. However, all this must be done before finally installing the doors.
Kitchen cabinet door styles
Kitchen cabinet door styles are the most striking feature and should be in sync with the overall style of your kitchen. There are several styles to choose from: Shaker, Mission, Recessed, Arched, Slab, Raised cabinet and Panel inserts.
- The shaker style is a simple square with a carved glass or wood panel.
- The mission style comes with pegs in the joints.
- The recessed style shows the depth through the distance between the inner panel and the frame.
- The arched style has a Roman arch at the top of the frame.
- A single piece of wood is used in the Slab style.
Kitchen cabinet door refacing
Kitchen cabinet door refacing is another great way to give your kitchen a new look. Not only is it cost effective, you can give it the exact look you want.
In order to start with the refacing of the doors: you need to remove them from the cabinets; remove any handles, knobs etc.; clean them and sand them to remove rough layers. After cleaning them properly, you need to laminate them in the style you have chosen or you can even paint them to create a work of art. Remember to drill back holes to match the previous holes for handles or knobs. Put the doors back on the cabinets. You are done with a completely new look for your kitchen.
Refinishing kitchen cabinet doors
Kitchen cabinet door refinishing is another affordable way to give your kitchen cabinet doors a new feel. The finishing process involves a good amount of work, so be prepared to spend a good amount of your time doing it.
In order to refinish your cabinet doors, you need to remove the doors from the cabinets and clean them carefully using spirits. Once dry, sand off the old finish completely. For a completely new stain to adhere, it must be completely removed from the old finish. Remove the dust and apply the new stain. Two to three coats of stain are required to give a finished look. Once dry you can reinstall the doors back on the cabinets.
Any of the above options can give your kitchen a complete makeover. How you go about this ultimately depends on your style, budget and available time.