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How To Update Your Kitchen Cabinet Molding

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If you want to remodel your kitchen, but don't have money to install brand-new cabinets, there are many more cost effective ways to go about it. Most cabinets are essentially square boxes that have decorative doors and molding attached to them. In reality, it is the doors, drawers, hardware and molding that give the cabinet style. So, if you're looking for cost effective way to remodel your kitchen cabinets, you can just update one, or all, of these elements. One of the easiest and most effective upgrades is to install new molding around the edges. It is a good place to start before you change the door and drawer style. This article explains how to remove and install wooden molding on kitchen cabinets.

Removing the Old Molding

Removing the molding is quite easy. It might be a little more difficult if the edges of the molding are sealed with caulk. If so, cut away the caulk lines with a utility knife. This will break the seal and allow you to pry the molding away from the cabinet. The best tools for prying away the molding are a hammer and a flathead screwdriver. Simply hammer the screwdriver underneath the molding and pry it away. Be careful to not gouge the cabinet front or wall. If there is caulk residue left on the cabinet box, you should scrape it away with the screwdrivers. Some simple cleaner could help loosen the gunk for easier cleaning.

Installing the New Molding

If you molding needs to be stained to match the rest of the cabinet, you should do it before you attach it. Many people have prefabricated cabinets with generic colors so it is possible to order molding that already has the correct stain or paint color.

Installing the new molding will be much easier if you choose a product that is wider than your old molding. Most modern molding products are wider because of current style trends. So, you should have no problem finding a suitable molding. If the new molding is not wider, it will be hard to cover up the caulk lines, nail holes and paint differences from the old molding. 

To install the molding you will definitely need a pneumatic nail gun with small, headless nails. These nails leave behind tiny holes that you don't necessarily need to patch. When nailing molding along vertical cabinet surfaces, you can place a nail every 12". For the crown molding pieces, you should use a nail every 6" for a stronger hold.

This is a relatively simple upgrade to your kitchen. You will be pleased to see how updating your molding will make your cabinet and entire room look more modern. For more information about kitchen remodeling, contact a company like Wunderlin Builders.