How to Make a Louvered Cabinet Door Part 3 How to Make a Louvered Cabinet Door Part 3
Once you are done with doing the louvers itself on your louvered cabinet door, you can now set your attention to finishing the whole project, and attaching the cabinet door back. If you are planning to use paint, it is better if you could use a 300 grit sandpaper on the final sanding process. This sandpaper size should be enough to remove any of the previous sanding marks as well as other irregularities to produce a smooth painting surface. If you are planning to use stain instead and would want to ensure that you have the best surface possible, consider doing the sanding manually with a 400 grit sandpaper. This should be enough to create a very smooth surface finish.
Step 1 - Finishing Preparations
After assembling the whole louver set, clamp the stiles together using the clamps. Clean any glue that squeeze out of the joints and grooves. Check if the whole unit is square by cross measuring. This is done by measuring diagonally from one corner to the other. If the diagonal measurements from two corners match the other two corners, you have a squared set. Secure them to the cabinet door with glue or finishing nails.
Step 2 - Smoothing Nail Holes
If you use finishing nails in attaching the louvers, smooth out the nail holes by applying some putty over them. You can use your fingers to do so but make sure that you sandpaper them to smooth them with the rest of the woodwork.
Step 3 - Painting the Louvered Cabinet Door
In applying paint, you can choose to brush it on or use a sprayer which delivers a finer finish. Apply your first coating of primer and allow it to dry sufficiently. You can use sandpaper again to smooth out any rough areas that form. Apply a second coating afterwards. Once it has dried sufficiently, apply the first paint coating of the final color. Allow to dry and apply a second coating.
Step 4 - Staining the Louvered Cabinet Door
If your cabinet is stained instead of painted, you will have to stain the cabinet door as well to match it. Apply a first coating of stain with a paint brush or rag. Allow about two hours to allow it to dry sufficiently and apply a second coating, which will make the stain darker. To enhance the looks of your wood stain, you can spray it with lacquer or polyurethane as a final touch. You may have to apply several coatings to achieve a perfect look.
Step 5 - Reattaching the Louvered Cabinet Door
Once you are done doing everything, you can now attach the cabinet door back to the cabinet. Open all of the hinges and position the door against the cabinet frame. Align all of the hinges with the screw holes. Anchor the hinges with the same screws. Attach any door knobs and catches you may have removed during the project. Open and close the doors to see if you have made the right installation. You should also check that the louvers are not affected by the installation and do not obstruct anything.