Replacing Old Kitchen Cabinet Doors

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Is your kitchen outdated? Do you want to breathe new life into it? You can start by replacing your old cabinet doors.

The first step to make is to decide on what style and material you want. You also have to choose between ready-to-assemble (RTA), semi-custom, custom or stock doors. When it comes to materials, you can have laminate, wood or veneer.

Ready-to-assemble doors are exactly what they imply and you need to have some DIY skills to install them by yourself. Stock doors have set designs. What are custom doors? As their name implies, they are designed by you. As for semi-custom doors, they have some custom elements, but they also include prefab elements.

As far as style is concerned, you have a couple of options. A very popular style is raised panel cabinet doors. Another style is flat panel. These doors have a raised frame and a flat centre panel. If you want to focus on decoration, choose accent doors. They can be chalkboard, glass, louvered, mullion, or sheet metal. They are used to add a flair to the room.

Why do people choose to change their cabinet doors instead of replacing all the cabinetry? Because it is faster and less expensive. Replacing the doors is enough to change the appearance of your kitchen.

Step 1: Removing old kitchen cabinet doors

No matter if you are replacing your cabinet doors because they are damaged or you just want to to get a different look, you need to first disconnect your old doors. Today's cabinet doors are assembled on hinges. There is a locking lever that allows the doors to be removed with ease.

Step 2: Installing new cabinet doors

Necessary tools and materials:

Drill bits
Plunger router/drill press
Screw gun

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The process takes no more than a day. Before you begin installing the cabinet doors, make sure they are the right ones and will fit your cabinets. Of course, this should be done in advance. We already explained about the types and styles of cabinet doors, so you have an idea what you may purchase. If your cabinet doors are sent to your home, open the boxes up immediately to see if this is what you had in mind.

Basically what you have to do to get things right is to get your dimensions from the old door and transfer them to the new one. How is it done? Measure up the distance from the bottom of the old cabinet door to the centre, then lay out these dimensions on the new door. You need to redrill the holes of the old door to the new one.


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1.Attach the hinges: line up the corner of the door with the hinge. Now mark with a pencil. Then place the hinge over the mark and screw it in. For the purpose, drill 35 mm holes with a plunge router or a drill press. Each hole should have a 35 mm special bit. It drills a flat round hole. Now you can crew the hinge in. First begin with the hole that is in the centre. This will allow the hinge to properly align. Then you have to make the pilot holes. Use a vix bit for this purpose. When you have drilled all the holes, you can screw the hinges in. If it sounds complicated and you need some assistance a handyman from Home Mates will help you to finish this step.

2.Time to attach the cabinet doors: you have to place the door inside of the centre and opening. Next, the door has to be pulled to the left. Then you screw the hinges in. First go the top ones, of course. Otherwise you will have to fight gravity.
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Now that you got everything done you need to clean the room. Construction and DIY-projects usually generate huge amounts of dirt. Before you begin cleaning, however, you need to tidy up a bit. Put all the tools you used away; collect the rubbish and take it out. The best thing to do is to start cleaning the place right after completion of work because you may be tired later. There is probably some dust to deal with. Wipe down all the cabinets using a microfiber cloth. Sweep and mop the floor, then let dry. Inspect the room for any dirt you haven't cleaned. You are now ready.

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