Posted on: 17 August 2015
One of the best ways to update your kitchen is to change your cabinets. However, installing brand new cabinets is a major and expensive remodel process. If you have a limited budget, you can remodel your cabinets by replacing the molding. Most cabinets are made out of relatively simple boxes and the molding is what really decorates them. So, when you change the molding, you change the overall look of the entire cabinet system. Best of all, you can change your molding on your own for a simple DIY project.
Remove the Old Molding
To remove the old molding, you will need a utility knife, hammer, 2 flathead screwdrivers and pliers. First, you need to cut away the caulk line with the utility knife. Don't try to remove all the caulk, just cut it to break the seal between the molding and the cabinet.
Next, lightly hammer the flathead screwdrivers underneath the molding and then pry it away from the cabinet. The molding should pop right off of the cabinet, with the nails. If any nails stay in the cabinet, you need to pull them out with your pliers.
Painting and Cutting the Molding
Have your molding painted before you install it. This is very easy if you have white cabinets because it is a common molding color. However, if you have custom paint job, you will need to try and match it in the molding. You can either try yourself if you still have the original paint, or you can hire a professional painter to match the existing paint. If you have to do this, you might also consider just having the entire cabinet system repainted. New molding and new paint job will make your room look completely different.
The hardest part of the installation is cutting the molding. Specifically, you need to learn to cut the 45 degree corners, where the molding meets. You will need a compound miter saw to get tight 45 degree cuts.
To help make better cuts, you should set up your saw in or near the room you are working in. This way you can hold the pieces up to the wall and mark where to cut directly on the back of the molding. This eliminates the extra step of having to use a measuring tape. It will also result in more accurate cuts.
Sealing and Caulking the Molding
The final step in the process is sealing the molding with caulk. Use a waterproof caulk that matches the color of the cabinet paint. You want the caulk lines to be as invisible as possible. You will need caulk lines along both edges of the molding. The caulk will finish off the job and make the molding look like it is part of the cabinet box.
For professional help with kitchen remodeling, contact a company such as Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel.Share