Giving the kitchen cabinets an overhaul does not require ripping them off the wall and installing new ones. It does not even mean you must have them resurfaced. In fact, no permanent changes are needed to change the look of recessed kitchen cabinets. Creating removable inserts is a fast and easy way to provide cabinets with a makeover without spending the time, money, and effort required by a larger remodeling project.
You will need:
• Recessed kitchen cabinet doors
• Drywall compound (optional)
• Drywall spreader (optional)
• Velcro rounds or squares
• Acrylic paint
• Metal, Plexiglas, or thin wood product like Masonite or Luan
• Tape measure
• Saw to cut metal, Plexiglas, or wood inserts
Step 1: Use the screwdriver to unscrew the recessed kitchen cabinet doors from the cupboards. A flat-panel door can be converted to a recessed door with the addition of a wood border around the front of the doors.
Step 2: Use the tape measure to determine the dimensions of the recessed area on each cabinet door. Cut the wood, Plexiglas, or metal to dimensions that are 1/16-inch smaller on each side. This will create a flush, snug fit.
Step 3: Add paint to give plain inserts some character. If Plexiglas is used for inserts, paint the design in reverse on the back of the Plexiglas to create a glassy appearance. You can even create a three-dimensional insert by adding embellishments such as those used for scrapbooking.
Step 4: If a wood insert is used, create visual appeal by adding texture. Use the drywall spreader to apply drywall compound to the Masonite or Luan, creating different designs and textures. Allow the compound to dry and color it with the acrylic paint.
Step 5: To attach completed inserts to cabinets, apply the round or square Velcro pads to each corner of the recessed area on the kitchen door. If the door is larger than standard size, use additional pads along the recessed perimeter to ensure a secure fit.
Step 6: Remove the sticky backing from the pads that will be adhered to the inserts. Press each insert into the recessed area on the kitchen door, adhering it to the Velcro pads. Run your hand over the inserts to make sure the pads stick.
Step 7: Screw the kitchen doors onto the cabinets with the screwdriver.
Step 8: Whenever the mood strikes, remove the inserts and create and affix new ones to the cabinet doors, following the steps above.