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Old 03-30-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Hi - I need to do something with my kitchen cabinets. I've thought about refacing, but the cabinets I have now are solid wood. I hate to throw out solid wood doors and replace them with a pressed wood product.

What I have was custom built in the home years ago by the previous owner. Each door is made of three vertical 'planks' with a horizontal piece about 3 inches wide that goes across the top of bottom of the door, about 2 inches from the top or bottom. There are 3 little wooden round things spread out across each of those horizontal pieces. I guess you can tell I dont' know anything about this stuff by my technical description...

My question is: with cabinet doors like that, can I do something to them myself rather than refacing? Or will they look outdated regardless of what I do?
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Hello and welcome gunthermel, to the best darn DIY'r site on the web.

Sounds like these cabinet doors are stained and have a poly finish on them.

You could always strip them and refinish, if you take your time, do alot of research, follow product application instructions, you could refinish them yourself, I will warn you though, it is alot of work, but done correctly and you will have bragging rights.

If you are not that inclined then you could always have a cabinet refinisher in to give you a quote ($3K-$5K) to refinish them for you.

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Thanks Mark,
My fear is that they will still look outdated... do you think that's true? Maybe I just need to go for an overall 'rustic' look...
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My fear is that they will still look outdated... do you think that's true? Maybe I just need to go for an overall 'rustic' look...
You should post a picture or (2), as your description was a bit vague.

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Here they are. I love that they are wood and that they're different than every other cabinet I see, but I'm afraid they're outdated and I'm not sure how I can update them...

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Well you certainly are correct, they are rustic, and I would say no matter what you do they will always be rustic.

You could always look for new doors.

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Thanks Mark - that's what I started looking into. I just don't like the idea of replacing real wood with doors that aren't real wood, to do so is just WAY too expensive... I guess I either need to get over it and replace them, or stick with a 'rustic' look...
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I would opt for ordering new doors. Regardless of what you do to those, they will still look like they belong in a medieval castle . Plenty of places can get you doors however you want them to be. I've even seen eBay sellers that sell solid wood doors to your exact size, material, and style choices.
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Well, color me 'rustic', but I LOVE those doors!
I'd be happy to take them off your hands if you don't want them.

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1. What style are you looking for?
2. A Cottage style may work if you painted them a light yellow or off white and installed new brushed steel hardware.
3. Maybe you could replace the cross members with a more squared off trim? That may take a little of the old world look away.
3. If you paint and then add a new counter top I would suggest something with some color.
4. I agree 100%, I would hate to replace with less.
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You can replace the doors without refacing the face frames if you like the color of the frames. The company can even match the color stain if you want.
The price point will depend on the number of doors and drawer fronts. The knotty pine wood would be the most reasonable cost.
But realize, part of the rustic look of the cabinets is the knotty pine wood.
You might want to do a total reface to update the cabinets.
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Well, color me 'rustic', but I LOVE those doors!
I'd be happy to take them off your hands if you don't want them.

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DH is with you Dangermouse, He really, really likes them.


If you were to remove or knock off the "buttons", fill in any damage, paint, and replace the hardware....

Well, it still may look dated, but at least it wouldn't look medieval.
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I think changing the hardware and doing some refinishing with a lighter finish on them would do wonders. I like the doors and think they have a lot of character and would look nice refinished.

But you could be like everyone else and have the cookie cutter raised panel doors. (just playing a little devils advocate here )

In all seriousness though, if they are not your style, they are not your style. I have the previously mentioned cookie cutter raised panel doors in a lighter golden oak color and like them. It seems the darker stained cabinets, they are nice and rich in color but you have to be careful not to make the room to dark, otherwise it can get a little depressing.
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DH is with you Dangermouse, He really, really likes them.
They look to be solid, well built, made to last doors I'd be proud to claim as my work. Po)

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They look to be solid, well built, made to last doors I'd be proud to claim as my work. Po)

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You are right there DangerMouse. Those look like some real solid cabinets to work with. Maybe he might post up a few pictures of the entire kitchen so we could get some ideas going here.

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