How To Add Trim To Cabinets: Adding Molding Or Trim To Kitchen Cabinets

Adding Molding Or Trim To Kitchen Cabinets

A brilliant technique to produce a full-bodied design appeal is through molding or trim. It gives practically any project texture and visual intrigue. A simple and affordable approach to modernize your kitchen or bathroom is by adding trim to laminate cabinets to give them a shaker-style appearance. For kitchen cabinetry, molding or trim serves as a crucial finishing touch and significant element. By giving the kitchen a personalized and finished appearance, molding enhances its overall appearance. A terrific method to personalize your kitchen on a very small budget is to add moldings or trim to your kitchen cabinets.

Tools & Supplies Needed

  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Tape Measure & Angle Tool
  • Straight Edge Or Level
  • Staples Or Brad Nails
  • Wood Filler & Wall Spackle
  • Crown Molding Any Trim You Like
  • L-Brackets & Screws
  • 2×4 For Framing Made Of Appropriate Wood

Step 1: Use A Straight Edge To Mark The Area On The Cabinet

Mark the area on the cabinet facing where the crown molding or trim will go using a straight edge (such a long level). It is strongly advised to attach the trim with at least 1 inch of clearance above the line. Build a frame to sit on top of the cabinet if there isn't enough room to attach it directly. The frame is the exact same size as the cabinet's front and sides.

Step 2: Determine The Length For Cutting

To determine the length for cutting, take a measurement or hold the trim piece up to the cabinet. Work your way around each corner starting at the end where the molding or trim meets the wall. Both sections should be cut before joining. Make the initial cuts for outer corners typically approximately 1/16 inch longer than your pencil marks. This gives some space around the curve and some room to test the angle.

Step 3: Paint Or Stain The Trim To Match The Cabinets

Use wood glue and nails to attach the pieces after cutting where the boards meet the frame. It will be easier to hold it tightly and withstand pulling away if you nail at a slight slant. The molding or trim can be stained or painted to match the cabinets.

Tips For Cutting

  • Keep in mind that no angle is ever exactly 90 degrees. Just before cutting, mark them.
  • Cut approximately 1/16 longer than the measurement for the outside corners. That is how it will most definitely work better.
  • Cut a spare piece of wood into a triangle the size of your gap if you're having difficulties securing the trim against the fence.
  • I don't typically use the "cut the leading edge" approach. I typically start by cutting the inside corners (one at 45 degrees, then marking the opposing piece for the remaining angle), then I work my way outward from there.
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