Your Kitchen Cabinet Plans

What You Should Know Before You Go … Looking


There are two basic types to consider in your kitchen cabinet plans; FACE FRAME and FRAMELESS. Face frame is by far themost popular in the United States, while frameless (called “Euro-Boxes” here) is hot in Europe.

Face frames are usually made fromhardwood, and frameless mostly have a panel finish on both the sides, and laminated edges. Here are some ideas you can easily do, with either type and with as little expense as possible.

As you can see from the image on the left (the front-facing of the box is shown in red), the two are very close to each other.

Kitchen cabinet plans should probably start with some knowledge of the basics. With a change ofhardware and new door fronts, you can create a bold new look for your entire kitchen.

The three examples on the right are top views of doors/frames and show a Full Inset, 3/8 Inset and an Overlay. Each type of door requires a different type of hinge and latch and each are designed to show a different “look” to the finished unit.

There is a wide variety available, and varying types of wood and tones along with a wide range of materials. Besides new, many towns and cities have “outlets” that carry damaged, seconds and over-runs.

You can sometimes really score big if you’re willing to flex a little on the kitchen cabinet plan. Search “cabinet outlet your city” or “used cabinetsyour city” (ie. used cabinets dallas tx) using the Google Search Box (upper right). Be sure to measure before you start looking for your cabinets. They come in widths of 9″ to 48″ in 3″ increments.

If you’re changing out only the doors, check out RIGID THERMOFOIL (RTF), a relatively new product made to give the look of real wood with wood grain and colors. A great choice if you want cabinet doors that will last!

If your old wood doors look okay, just old, maybe you can achieve the same effect by sanding and painting them. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference a little paint makes … especially in the kitchen. If you’d like to see some really great ideas on cabinet refinishing techniques, click on kitchen cabinet refinishing.

Or, if your doors are real wood (and not laminate over MDF) and just look a little worn, stain ’em! You can purchase gel stain or polyurethane stain at the Big Boxes, hardware stores or paint retailers.

Always take the doors off, remove all hardware and sand with a medium grade sandpaper, then a finishing sandpaper.

You can stain them darker, but you’ll have to test on an inconspicuous area first. For instance, if the wood is dark walnut you might be able to use a walnut or darker stain. Be sure to clean the wood really well, using a strong cleaner and sand smooth. Your kitchen cabinet plans just might become reality sooner than you think!….

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