Easy 2-Piece DIY Shaker Style Cabinet Fronts
Here we go! The first step in updating our kitchen is to make new shaker style cabinet fronts! Last year I bought slab cabinet fronts from IKEA but they did not fit that well to our 80's Marbodal kitchen that I had to amend them quite a bit, so this year I thought I am going to make them from scratch all together.
Step #1 - Cut to measure door slabs
Our local hardware store offers cut to measure, which is amazing, as they are using a computerized saw that cuts to the millimetre at no extra cost if you purchase the materials there.
I opted for a 12mm thick MDF board for the doors and 4mm thick plywood for the actual framing - Shaker style. Bringing the total thickness of the doors to a standard 16mm.
There are many different options to make shaker style cabinet doors, one being framing the center part with a at the corner joined frame. I opted for the easy option: slab doors with a 4mm plywood frame glued to the top. Since I am painting the doors, no one would ever know the difference (apart from you reading this 😉).
Cost for the door material: 400kr/ 40 USD
Step #2 - Add the frame
After I got all the door and cabinet fronts cut to measure, I started by gluing the thinly cut plywood strips on top. I used normal wood glue and reinforced it with clamps.
Step #3 - Gap filling
Since wood can be tricky thing at times, I knew that there will be tiny gaps between the joints. So what do we do, when we have gaps? We use a wood or multi-filler as I had at hand.
After joining in all the gaps or uneven spots, I let it dry for an hour before sanding it down neatly. If there were still uneven spots, I repeated the process until smooth.
That's a pretty neat result isn't it?
Step #4 - 45 degree edges
Apart from sanding the overall frame and door I did go a step further and used my router to gave all edges a 45 degree edge - which is apparently a very professional finish according to my husband.
Before being able to use the Chamfer router bit I had to make sure to have straight edges with no glue leaking out anywhere. So I started with a Straight router bit, which by the way is also so much faster than trying to sand down hard glue.
Now that we know what the bits look like, let's see how it looks in real life.
Now that I had straight borders, I swapped my router bit to the said Chamfer one, that break hard edges in to a beautiful 45 degree angle.
You might not be able to see much here, but I promise it's the difference like day & night.
Step #5 - Door hing placements
The last step, before painting the fronts, was to add the door hinge placement holes at the back. For this I used the old doors as template and used a 25mm Forstner drill bit. I didn't take a picture of that (shame on me) but here is the type of bit I used.
Step #6 - The drawer fronts
Right we have 4 drawers, two of them are really slim though at 9.5cm, so I decided to not frame them. Instead I added the plywood at the back to achieve the same thickness of 16mm as for the rest of the fronts.
For the lower two drawer fronts, I added the plywood frame the same way, I did with the doors.
Step #7 - PAINT & mounting & more paint
Even though I did consider painting it a completely different colour than pink, I just couldn't - especially since I was not to change our beautiful backsplash tiles that are only a year old.
So I opted for a subtle version of the previous pink, with the color 'Farmen' by Alcro.
I first painted all the backsides and edges, those parts that would be hard to reach once mounted.
Mounting cabinet doors is always a fun undergoing (hear my sarcasm here?). All those screws do allow you however to adjust doors properly, even thought if it is not a favorite of mine. One would say I have not enough patience for the 'small print'. But you know what's even worse? Adjusting drawer spaces - but I did it regardless 💪
Anyway, the doors were mounted, and I was chuffed!
My tip for both is to take a deep breath and take it easy - it will all work out in the end.
Last step is of course to add some fun door knobs!
All in all a very do-able project!
Make sure to check out also the other parts of our kitchen renovation 3.0 below