How to Dress Up a Stock Kitchen Cabinet

Back to my ongoing kitchen remodel project! I needed a couple of extra kitchen cabinets and the stock cabinets in my kitchen are now discontinued, so I picked out a white stock cabinet from Home Depot to complete the run of cabinets on the pass-through wall.

Since I can't match the doors, I decided to keep this cabinet open, but after all the uppers were installed on that wall, I wasn't happy with the crappy looking white cabinet - LOL.  Bear in mind that I haven't yet finished painting all my cabinets, so the wood ones will be white when this odyssey is over...




I decided to make the cabinet over to match my pantry cabinet:



So I got a piece of beadboard and painted it in the same style as the shutter doors on the pantry.  I cut it down to fit the back of the cabinet and glued it on with some caulking and a few brad nails to hold it in place.  Then I added screen molding around the edges of the beadboard and 1x2 trim to beef up the outer edges of the cabinet.  I imitated the cabinet door trim by butt joining the 1x2s instead of mitering the joints.



Then I painted the screen molding.


Now the new cabinet edge is flush with the other cabinets and it has a much more custom look.


Here it is again without the 1x2 & screen molding trim.  The shelf was holding the beadboard in place.

And now that my kitchen reno is finished, here it is again.
Much nicer with the white cabinets, don't you think?  I even painted the fridge!





If you want to see the full kitchen reveal, click on the photo below:



Onto the next project!

Cheers!

With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!





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21 comments:

Libby said...

Looks fantastic! It's amazing how adding a little more attention to detail can transform something ordinary into something extraordinary!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Anne, you did a great job in dressing up that cabinet!

Dee Lapin said...

It's a wonderful difference Anne! The cabinet does look like its custom.

camp and cottage living said...

Your new cabinet is a nice contrast between the two wooden ones.
I love how you've dressed it with your oils and pastas too.

sweet violets said...

Wow, you are so clever!!! The cabinet is a perfect compliment to the new ones, looks great!!!

Nancy Reinke said...

Well done, Anne. You knew just what that cabinet needed to go from blah to bam! :) It's going to look superb with your soon-to-be white cabinets. xxx ~ Nancy

ANNE said...

Thank you Cleo!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a pretty cabinet transformation--well done!

Audrey said...

Looks really nice Anne ... you just know how to give it a professional look.
Audrey Z @ Timeless Treasures

Amy Ellis said...

It fits right into your kitchen style like it's been there all along. I didn't know what a butt joint was named, but I really think it works well with the cottage style. And I would have naturally wnated to put a door on that cabinet, not thinking there was any other option;)

September Violets said...

The trims inside and out have really made such a difference! You have a good eye for catching the details that make everything work together. Your kitchen makeover is looking really good ... great idea to open up the room to the laundry room window. I would hate to have a dark kitchen. I want to paint my cheapo outdated oak cupboards, so am taking note of your progress :) Wendy x

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

that looks really, really good. I know the pain, but in the end it will be all worth it

Jennifer said...

Your kitchen project is certainly coming together.A clever solution Anne. You are going to have extra storage and display now.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Anne, you are like the "artist" that you are...always creating a masterpiece, whether it is on canvas or some fabulous item you create for your home!!!....the cabinet looks magnificent!...Have a great weekend!

Art and Sand said...

You never cease to amaze me with your talent and your style.

must love junk said...

Great job!! Looks wonderful :)
Susan

Suzan Sweatman said...

LOVE how this looks - and can I say you're remodeling your kitchen singlehandedly quicker than an entire team did mine?
xoxo

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Guess I need to backtrack and catch up a little here, but your cabinet makeover looks wonderful and I love your pie safe!

Anonymous said...

Nicely done Anne, love the beadboard backing!

Art and Sand said...

You have my wheels turning.

The cabinet above our fridge is not really useful - I can't reach anything so odd pieces are store there. I like the idea of removing the doors and making it a fun display. Now I just have to convince Steve that it is a good idea.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

My! It looks like it was custom made by a designer! Wait! It was! You're an amazing kitchen designer!