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DIY-Her 08-27-2013 12:39 PM

Mullion Doors for Kitchen cabinets?
I'm thinking to place mullion glass doors on 2 of my double door 42" kitchen wall cabinets. My question is, the shelving in both these doors are not the same heights. I adjusted them according to what dishes and glasses we place on those shelves.

Do mullion doors have to match the shelving height? Trying to figure out if we should go with

2x2 (4 lites),

2x3(6 lites)


or, should I go with the vertical only?

Live_Oak 08-27-2013 12:50 PM

We'd need to see pics of your kitchen to see if muntin doors would suit your style of cabinetry. And in turn, the style of the house also comes into play. Muntins are a very traditional look, and for instance, if the home lacks traditional details, they may not work as well as would a single pane of glass.

DIY-Her 08-27-2013 01:15 PM

it's a traditional house and decor.
This is the cabinets before I painted the upper wall cabinets and finished painting the wall. I don't have new pics yet.

Here is a picture of the one set of cabinets on the left of the sink that I want to do the mullion doors. I will also be doing the same on the right side.

We are also going with the euro hidden hinges on the 2 cabinets and gradually buying the same for all the others.

I'm also in the process of deciding what to do with the bottom cabinets, I want to refinish them as I've done in my previous house, but don't know the stain color yet.

Will eventually be getting a Silestone, Caesarstone or Cambria countertop and hopefully a walnut butcherblock top for the center island. that is why I'm holding off on deciding the stain color for the lowers.

Live_Oak 08-27-2013 01:46 PM

With the cathedral style doors and height of those doors, of your choices, 2x3 would probably look the best. I would also think about no muntins and an obscure glass so the interiors wouldn't have to be constantly policed for visual appeal. :laughing: Also, with no room crown, and the white tile floor, the home's bones read more as transitional than traditional, and the single pane would be appropriate to a transitional style

You did a nice smooth paint job over that old oak! :thumbsup: Did you paint the interiors as well? Have you also thought about beefing up the crown molding? Paint will hide all of the differences, and since you said "traditional", nothing says traditional like a more beefy crown. :)

DIY-Her 08-27-2013 02:03 PM

no, I didn't paint the interior cabinets, but I did of course take off the doors and did the back of the doors. I've looked at many white cabinets in stores and found many aren't painted white inside, but a light color finished wood.
I also put at least 5 coats on, 1 of Zinsser 123 primer and 2 of satin since I bought that originally then decided I liked the semi gloss better. I waited for the last coat to use the semi gloss and sanded 400grit between each coat.

Actually :) I have nice plates that we have had hidden in the bottom of our dining room hutch for years and I want to bring them out and display them in those cabinets along with our every day dishes on the 1st lower shelf. The outside of the house is brick federal style with glass circle top window on all the first floor windows on the front of the house.

Here is the other side of the kitchen with the table and new light

and the new light over the sink

and the foyer that directly leads to the kitchen.

DIY-Her 08-27-2013 02:08 PM

oh, we eventually want to put 12" upper cabinets on top of the 42" and light the insides with maybe one display item in each.

Also, depending on the color stain I go with the island, I want to choose walnut or other wood for a butcher block top similar to this

DIY-Her 08-27-2013 03:09 PM

forgot to mention :) the foyer (18ft), living and dining room (9ft), all off of the kitchen have wide crown molding with about 4 inch molding below it and painted the same white making the molding appear even larger. The builder did that as a standard on those 3 rooms.
The chair rail was only in the dining room, and we continued it to the living, foyer and upstairs hallway and did the wainscoting trim and painting below ourselves :)

in case you noticed the shades different in the foyer, thats because I tested with a color that I am now going with the whole wall as soon as I get a chance to start on that project lol

one cut 09-17-2013 01:40 PM

I would listen to the other guy and start calling them muntins even though everyone will know what you mean when you call them "glass doors with mullions". Those are muntins. That is all.

DIY-Her 10-09-2013 07:25 AM

lol thanks :) I tried to edit my subject but it doesn't seem to let me which is strange, because I run a photography website on VBulletin and we can edit our subject or previous messages posted.
I must have seen mullion listed someplace else which was why I started calling them that. After searching muntins, I came up with more hits :)

TheCabinetShop 10-10-2013 09:26 PM

Mullion Doors for Kitchen cabinets?
You may want to consider glass shelves as well. It might be less obvious that the shelves don't line up with the mullions.

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