Cabinet Makeover: Cork Creativity

If you think your kitchen cabinets are beyond repair, don't despair. With a little creativity and elbow grease, you can revive the face of almost any cabinet door.

  1. If the door's finish is rough, remove it with stripper. If the finish is in good condition, sand, and wipe with a cloth.
  2. Once the finish is removed, clean the door with sodium triphosphate solution, and apply stain-blocking primer.
  3. When the surface is dry, apply latex semigloss paint.
  4. Purchase 3/8-inch-thick corkboard and cut it to fit an area covering all except 3 inches around the door front.
  5. Using a table saw, trim screen molding to fit over the cork. Cut lengths to edge the cork, miter the corners, and fasten them together with wood glue.
  6. Paint the molding with two coats of semigloss latex paint.
  7. Using a pin nailer, apply brads through the molding and cork.
  8. Fill brad holes with a surfacing compound, sand rough spots, and touch up paint.

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