while i love the storage the multiple built-in cabinets our house came with, i hated the cathedral cabinet doors. so i asked our carpenter right away about replacing them and he said that’s gonna be a lot of money. so i researched prefab and that proved challenging, and i googled and i got quotes and it looked like i was just going to have to live with them because i wasn’t about to spend thousands of dollars just to replace these stupid doors.
but we love flat modern everything so i wasn’t going to be happy with that.
and then, back when i posted the first built-in cabinet post, you lovely readers turned me onto another method to remedy them.
jenny of little green notebook came up with this technique to use hardboard and essentially just glue it on and i’m not going to take any credit for the idea but it’s a dope idea so we did it.
it’s a super simple project, you just need some time, patience, and some space to work.
01. measure your cabinet doors as precisely as you possibly can, if your doors have a bevel like ours do, you need to measure within that bevel.
02. go to your local hardware store and purchase a bunch of hardboard, they will cut it to the exact sizes you request. i’m forgetting how much we spent but it was really pretty inexpensive for all of it. (9 pieces)
03. after taking down your cabinet doors, apply a layer of liquid nails, and then carefully place your hardboard over it. we clamped each cabinet for at least a few hours.
04. once you’ve removed the clamps, apply a layer of caulk around the edge. you can watch youtube tutorials of how to do this properly if you never have. i hadn’t.
05. once the caulk has dried, you can paint! we ended up originally painting with the flat house paint with a brush we had, but decided to then do semi-gloss with a foam roller and the paint went on so much easier and looked so much better. i also preferred painting the doors once they were hung, but thats up to you.
06. to add hardware, just drill from the back. we ended up needing longer screws than what our knobs came with because of the extra layer — just so you know.
what a huge difference right!? i can’t believe such an inexpensive project can make such a big impact. i totally totally recommend it.