Kitchen Cabinet Molding Basics

What You'll Need
Trim molding
Paint and brushes
Adhesive glue

Installing or remodeling kitchen cabinet molding can be an expensive and frustrating operation if jobbed out to a professional. Many home and business owners needing a new kitchen face-lift take on remodeling projects that not only help save money, but are rewarding, too, producing a great deal of satisfaction for a job well done. Adding decorative molding to your kitchen cabinets is a great way to customize this look while adding both value and aesthetic worth. A little patience and know-how will result in a successful project. Follow these steps toward adding molding to your kitchen remodeling project.

Step 1: Do Some Homework

Investigate a variety of molding designs by checking out home décor and other magazines where you will find photos depicting kitchens with different looks. Doing a little research homework will help you make a wise choice.

Step 2: Choose a Style

Decide exactly what style trim you want to add to your kitchen cabinets. Certain types like thin, rounded trim cab help create a French country-like look where wider, flat trim produces a workman-like appearance.

Step 3: Take Measurements

You will need to take a number of detailed measurements of your kitchen cabinets to determine molding lengths and locations. Carefully selecting where to apply kitchen cabinet molding is important, for example, to ensure cabinet doors open and swing freely while also closing flush when molding is added to cabinet tops.

Step 4: Buy the Trim

Once you have taken detailed measurements, bring these to you local favorite home improvement store where you can get some guidance ensuring you acquire enough material to complete the job successfully.

Step 5: Clean the Cabinets

Using a standard household degreaser, make sure all cabinet surface area where trim will be installed is free from cooking grease, oil, dirt and other impurities. If kitchen cabinets have been either newly installed or freshly remodeled, and have not been finished yet, make sure to sand the wood before adding trim.

Step 6: Cut and Color

Measure all trim carefully before cutting so you will save from making costly mistakes. Once you have cut all needed trim to the appropriate sizes, paint or stain all molding to match the kitchen cabinet colors.

Step 7: Glue the Trim

The best method for adding trim is to remove all kitchen cabinet doors and place these on a clean, flat surface. Use a commercially available strong adhesive to attach the trim to each door. Allow sufficient drying time before rehanging the doors. A good tip is to secure all glued molding or trim is to use masking tape to keep it firmly in place until it is fully dry.

Remember two additional—and tried and true—tips to keep in mind for any construction project you will tackle:

  1. Take Your Time. Always move at a deliberate, slow pace to ensure not only safety, but success as well.
  2. Remember to measure at least twice so you cut only once.