How to Add Cabinet Molding

Today’s post is brought to you by Nate. 

He is going to tell you all about adding simple molding to plain ol’ boring cabinets and how my brother can’t measure…

Adding molding to old cabinets, DIY, tutorial

The first step in the molding process was picking out the molding.  We need something simple and on the thinner side.  We purchased the molding above from Lowe’s.

The next step in adding cabinet molding was deciding where to place the molding on the cabinet.  We used a spare piece of wood and marked 1” from the edge with chalk.  The 1” placement did not look right so we went to 2.5” in from the edges.  Ike approved of the 2.5”.

Adding molding to old cabinets, DIY, tutorial

Marshall (Michelle’s little brother) provided us with all of the dimensions before hand. (They were all incorrect.  Always measure from the edges.  It makes things a lot easier when installing. I could cut all the pieces (with a miter saw at 45 degrees on each side) the weekend before to save some time. Or so I thought.

On all of the doors, I marked the selected length in from all sides.  I laid out the pieces to make sure the person that originally measured did so correctly.  After discovering that all doors were measured incorrectly, I made the necessary adjustments and remarked all of the doors (I should have verified before marking all doors, but I assumed he knew what he was doing.  A learning lesson for both of us.).

Adding molding to old cabinets, DIY, tutorial
Adding molding to old cabinets, DIY, tutorial

I put a little bead of wood glue on the molding and placed it on the door at the selected marks. I then used a brad nail gun to securely attach to the molding to the doors. I used 5/8” brads as they were just long enough to get through the molding into the door but not all the way through the door.  Repeat on all doors.  Fill in the holes and corners with wood filler and sand.

Adding molding to old cabinets, DIY, tutorial

I also installed molding on a plain area of the cabinets.

Adding molding to old cabinets, DIY, tutorial

The next step is to paint over the entire thing (read about that here and here) and enjoy the added dimension.

Adding molding to old cabinets, DIY, tutorial
Adding molding to old cabinets, DIY, tutorial

$50 in molding definitely helped improve the looks of this kitchen.

Adding molding to old cabinets, DIY, tutorial
Adding molding to old cabinets, DIY, tutorial
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Read about the paint we used here.

See more before and after photos here!

Anyone’s kitchen in need of some molding love?  Anyone else out there struggle with measuring?