How To Install Molding for Kitchen Cabinets

If you’re spending a lot of time in the kitchen and would like to see something different, a remodeling job is about to happen. Kitchen remodeling can range from changing your cabinets, repainting the walls, rearranging the fixtures, etc. These options are costly and would require a huge budget. If you’re dying for a new look, installing moldings on your cabinets will make a dramatic difference.

Installing moldings on your kitchen cabinets is not a difficult task that would require professionals. With the right tools and eye for detail, you’re actually all set for your remodeling project.

  • Start by checking out various molding designs available. Check out the wide range of designs to choose from. If your house’s theme is nearing the minimalist look, choose something thin. Opt for a thick molding design if you’re house is nearing Mediterranean. Scout for ideas through the Internet or various kitchen cabinet stores. Look into the details of the moldings and decide on the design that will fit your kitchen.
  • Once you have an idea on what is suitable for your kitchen, measure the area where you would be installing the moldings. Measure accurately, as moldings are sold by the foot. You wouldn’t want to have a lot of the moldings hanging around your house. Imagine the areas which you will install the moldings, remember to balance the amount of moldings you will install to maintain a level of symmetry.
  • Next thing to do is to source out your materials. Check out local stores that sell materials for carpentry works. Find the design that you’ve earlier decided on. To ensure that you have enough materials to work on, allow about a foot or two allowance when you purchase the moldings.
  • You will need a miter saw, a ruler, small nails, hammer, nail set, glue, paint, a brush and some sandpaper. Start with the farthest most inconspicuous area of your kitchen as your first stop. Using a ruler, measure the exact length of molding you need. You can check using the actual molding by holding it in place and marking the molding with a pencil. Visualize the angle at which the moldings will meet. Consider this when marking the molding.
  • Using a saw, cut through the marks that you’ve made. Check if the length is the same as the area where you will be placing the mold. Before installing the mold, make sure you paint them with your desired color. As most kitchen cabinets are wood, you will just need to paint the molding with the same shade as your cabinet. If you’re being adventurous, paint in the exact contrast to create a striking look.
  • If you are using a thin molding, you can use a furniture glue to put the molding in place. For a thicker molding, you will need to use a nail to securely fasten the molding.
  • For cabinet doors, it’s best to remove the doors and lay them on the floor before you start installing the molds. This will ensure that you have enough support when you glue them on.

There will be portions wherein you will need to install multiple cuts of molds to fit the area. Be patient in cutting and securing the molds in place. Use the sandpaper to polish the edges to create a clean finish. Enjoy!


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