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Budget kitchen reno with Shaker-style cabinet doors

Growing in Experience
Growing in Experience

Thin strips of MDF glued to cabinet doors were used for an inexpensive Shaker-style kitchen makeover.





The project


I wanted to add some charm and character to my very stock-standard kitchen. I have always loved Shaker-style doors and because I couldn’t afford a brand-new kitchen I decided to give it a go myself.


I started by using a heat gun to take the laminate off the doors. I patched the holes from the original handles then sanded it smooth. 




I had 3mm MDF board cut into 45mm strips, then glued and clamped it to the doors to create the Shaker-style trim.




Once the glue had dried I patched the joins and then sanded until very smooth. The doors were then ready for undercoat and paint. 



I also cut a very thin strip of Mango wood and glued it over the metal rangehood to add more detail to the kitchen. 




This project probably cost me around $200 and all the supplies I used were from Bunnings.


I am very happy with how it turned out and I feel more confident in myself now to try more D.I.Y. projects.


Before and after






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Finding My Feet

Looks fabulous Jasmine, how clever and satisfying. Love the mango wood feature 🥂

Retired Team Member
Retired Team Member

It's indeed an impressive project, isn't it @iwantthatone? Let me tag @jasmine_rose so they are alerted to your kind comments.


Are you looking to do something similar in your kitchen? Let us know if you need any assistance. We'd be happy to help.




Kind of a Big Deal

"Let me tag @jasmine_rose "


Please do @Akanksha 👍


This is a brilliant concept, absolutely brilliant, in my opinion. I saw this only today. The 'problem' is this site is HUGE - you cannot see, discuss, like and reply to everything - I miss a lot.

I'm trying to convince my wife we should try this - but she (and me) would like to ask a few questions first.


Home Improvement Guru

Good afternoon @jasmine_rose 

Wow! I really like that upgrade :smile: I was impressed you removed the laminate :surprised: and did such a nice job at it, I dont think id be game enough to try it :smile:

Also like your temporary handles on the draws and cupboards :smile: When I did my first kitchen years ago I let the doors close.... yeah that was a fun experience with no handles lol


Definently a worthy upgrade!



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