How to Replace the Doors on Your Vanity

Replace the Doors on Your Vanity

Are you tired of looking at your ugly cabinet doors? Just like in a kitchen one of the fastest ways to update the look of a bathroom is to replace the doors on your vanity.

As we all know, storage is extremely important in the bathroom and one of the prerequisites is that your essentials must be stowed away behind closed doors to keep the space looking uncluttered.

Fortunately, there is a range of solutions for making the most of old or damaged vanity doors that are both cost-efficient and easy to do. Today we will look at two simple solutions: one that involves adding wood beading to enhance the look of the unit and the other consists of attaching raised paneling to the original door surface.

How to Replace the Doors on Your Vanity

1. Easy to Fix

One of the benefits of having wooden cabinet doors in your bath is that they can be easily cut, painted, or added on to. Also if the original surface is in particularly bad condition and is dented or damaged in any way it can be easily filled and repaired to look like new again.

2. Add a Half Rounded Wooden Beading

There are many widths and different profiles of molding available for you to attach to the surface but to keep your decor looking crisp and fresh its best to choose a simple coordinated design that you could mirror on your walls in the form of wainscoting or even on the door to the entrance to the room if you so choose.

3. Prepare the Surface

The tools you will need include wood molding, a small saw, 120 grit sandpaper, wood adhesive, a pencil, ruler, primer undercoat, two inch paintbrush, satin paint, and a damp cloth.

Before you begin remember to clean and sand your cabinets to remove any grease or built up wax to provide a premium surface for you to paint on. If you plan on moving the handles to another location on the door, make sure to fill the original holes first before you reposition the new hardware.

4. Space the Trim

Though this effect appears complex, it’s very simple to achieve, the trick so to speak is to plan the arrangement carefully. Measure and mark a four-inch border around the cabinet door. Within the central area, measure and mark three or five equally spaced vertical lines.

An odd number is usually best because it adds interest to the overall design. Cut and sand the top edges of the molding you have chosen to fit within the marked lines. Don’t round the corners because we want a straight flat horizontal top and bottom edge.

5. Attach the Edging

Next on the back of the molding run a thin line of wood glue along the length of the pieces. Press the strips into place immediately wiping away any excess glue with a moist rag. Be sure there aren`t any drops or draglines as this will show up as an imperfection when the surface is finished. Let dry.

6. Apply the Perfect Coat

Now we have to ready the surface by priming the door with primer. A good technique is to use long strokes to minimize brush lines and keep the cabinet looking as smooth and flat as possible. Let dry. To finish the job, take your paintbrush and coat the vanity door using satin paint.

Another technique used by the trades is to apply the paint generously but not too thick. What this allows you to do is when the door is dry you can then gently sand the painted surface between each coat to achieve a quality professional finish.

7. Raised Cabinet Paneling

Another way to update old bathroom vanity cabinets is to add a raised profile to the doors as compared to just adding texture or color to mask any imperfections.

This three dimensional surface is extremely easy to create and even if you don’t have a jigsaw you can simply ask your home improvement store to cut the medium density fiberboard to whatever size you need.

8. Using Cardboard Templates

In order for this solution to work, you will want to have a level cabinet door. The tools you will need include MDF (medium density fiberboard), a strong adhesive, sandpaper, primer, eggshell paint, a one-inch paintbrush, a ruler, a pencil, and a jigsaw if available.

If you are unsure of the size and placement of the paneling then you can cut out shapes in cardboard until you find the optimum size and placement you want to use.

9. Measure, Mark, and Cut

First sand and base coat your doors with one coat of eggshell paint and let dry. When ready, you can now measure and pencil in the size and position of the panels you want on the surface. Or alternatively, you can simply trace the cardboard cut-outs you made previously.

Once this is done you must measure and cut the required dimensions out of your MDF paneling to match. Apply wood adhesive to the back of each panel piece and press firmly in place removing any excess glue as you go along. Leave to dry.

10. Choose the Right Hardware

To finish the project you need to sand out any remaining rough edges from the MDF pieces and then prime and paint the sections. Once dry, apply a second coat of eggshell paint to the whole door to transform your flat ugly vanity door into a three dimensional stunning facade.

Now, the importance of the right handle cannot be understated and this is one of those pint-sized details worth spending a little money on to get just the right look. As a general rule the plainer the doors, the more interesting the knobs and pulls can be.

You don’t however want big outlandish or gaudy hardware to take away from your beautiful design, so choose wisely.

11. Cost Effective Styling

As stated, wood is a very pliable material and can be easily crafted to meet your needs. The design of the paneling on your cabinets can be as modest or as multifaceted as you wish to physically enhance the look of your vanity and cover any blatant imperfections.

Whether you choose to add wood beading or raised panels to your outdated or damaged cupboard doors, this cost effective solution is sure to garner rave reviews from both friends and family alike.


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