Rather than buying new doors or simply resurfacing old ones, adding moulding to dress up cabinet doors saves time and money, plus adds a powerful touch of design punch. Purchasing new doors can add up quickly with the cost in direct relation to the type of wood species used, the design, and the quality of the craftsmanship. Resurfacing old doors involves sanding and priming, so why not take the extra step with decorative moulding to really make your cabinet doors stand out?
Which Moulding to Use?
When thinking about adding moulding to dress up cabinet doors, even choosing which one to use may seem overwhelming. With so many different choices, and designs dubbed with enticing names like “Reed & Ribbon“, “Royal Bouquet“, “Egg & Dart“, and “Dentil“, it may be a little difficult to decide.
Although the selection seems endless, adding moulding to dress up cabinet doors should be considered as an accent, not a focal piece of your overall room decor. Avoid the more elaborate mouldings with a great deal of ornamentation unless you wish the eye to travel – and remain -on the moulding of your cabinets.
For a more classic, conservative look, choose moulding with simple, elegant appeal. This style of moulding allows the cabinets to make a quiet, yet powerful style statement that will accentuate the beauty not only of your cabinets, but that of your entire kitchen or bathroom.
How to Do It
You will need to first sand and prime your cabinets to prepare them. Adding moulding to dress up cabinet doors must be done only after this important first step in order for the moulding to seamlessly integrate with the rest of the door. The primer you use should contain a bonding agent to more easily facilitate attaching the moulding.
After priming and painting (or staining) the moulding you’ve selected, measure, cut, and then nail the moulding to the cabinet doors using finishing nails. Although some claim that adhesives work as well as nails, most professionals maintain nails fasten better than any kind of glue when adding moulding to dress up cabinet doors.
Use a high-quality caulk to caulk along the edges of moulding where it attaches to the cabinet doors. Paint or stain using the best products you can afford. Paint is one of those things where high quality pays off. If painting, always use two coats of paint, allowing the first coat to dry thoroughly (overnight) before applying the second coat.
Little Touches Go a Long Way
Adding moulding to dress up cabinet doors may seem like a lot of extra work. But the benefits you receive as the payoff far outweigh the added trouble involved. When it comes time to sell your home or even if your only goal is to beautify your kitchen or bathroom for your own enjoyment, it’s the little touches like this that add value far exceeding the dollar and time investment you’ve made to add them.
Well-done, personalized accents not only give your home a one-of-a-kind attractiveness at sale time, they also go a long way toward creating that intangible atmosphere that makes your house a home.