This weekend was full of kitchen projects, including building matching cabinet doors for my kitchen pantry. As you already know, my kitchen cabinets were purchased off of my favorite internet site - Craig's List. Unfortunately, when you buy things off of Craig's List, sometimes you have to take what you can get. I was able to furnish my entire kitchen with the shaker style cabinets that I needed except for the pantry. I figured since the box was the same color wood as the other cabinets, I could always find a shaker cabinet face at a later date. In reality, I've been searching for these shaker faces for a while and haven't been able to find any that matched my specific cabinet front.
Four months after purchasing my cabinets, I have decided to make my own cabinet fronts. As stated in a previous post, one of my coworkers lent me her husband's router for this specific project. After creating a router table for the project, Brian and I got to work playing around with the router and seeing what bits would work best for my cabinets.
We used 1X3" pine boards and quarter-inch luan for the project. These are slightly smaller than the original cabinet faces, but they were close enough to the real thing that we rolled with it. We measured the boards and cut them to size, using the old pantry doors as our guide to make sure that everything was the same size. Next, we routed out the inside of the boards, creating a 1/4" groove for the luan to fit into.
After creating the grove, we added a "decorative" rounded edge to the front of the inside edge of the cabinet. My cabinets are shaker style, but they are slightly rounded and not perfectly square. By adding the rounded edge, we made them look more like the original (which was the goal).
The above picture is our "dry fit" of the cabinet face compared to the real thing. Looks pretty good to me! We attached the front together using my Kreg Jig and Gorilla Wood Glue. This was surprisingly a LOT of work, but the results are great. Below are all three finished doors! Fabulous!
Hi! I'm Lauren! I'm a twenty-something teacher and homeowner in North Carolina. I love math, decorating, and getting down and dirty learning new things about home renovation and repair.