Remodeling Your Kitchen? Learn To Install Cabinet Molding

4 October 2016
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One fast and affordable way to make an upgrade to your home's kitchen is to change the old molding along the kitchen cabinets. If you're looking to do this change by yourself, here are some tips for getting the job done.

Removing The Old Cabinet Molding

You'll start by removing the old molding that is around your kitchen cabinets. All it takes is a hammer, flathead screwdriver, and utility knife to do it. Force your screwdriver under the existing molding, and tap on it gently using your hammer. Once the flathead end of the screwdriver is under the molding enough, pull back on the handle to pry the old molding off the cabinet's surface.  If necessary, it will help to use the utility knife to cut through any existing paint on the edge of the molding to loosen it.

Installing The New Cabinet Molding

With the old molding off the cabinets, you can use those as a guide to measure the length of the new cabinet molding. Take a measurement of each piece of molding, and cut new pieces that are about one inch longer than the existing one. Hold it in place on the wall against where it will go, and mark the new length on the molding using a pencil. It will help you get an accurate cut without relying on the numbers on your measuring tape.

A miter saw is the best tool for making the cuts. It can help you make the proper angle at 45 degrees for the corners with ease. When it comes to installing the new molding, you can use a nail gun that uses 2-inch finishing nails. They will be small enough that a large hole will not be left behind in the cabinet or the molding, and it will be simple to cover the nail holes using wood filler.

Finishing The Installation

You'll now want to make the new molding blend with all of your kitchen cabinets. Use a small amount of wood filler that can easily be applied using your fingers to blend the edges of the molding where they meet the cabinets. Rub away the excess material using a paper towel or cloth, which prevents the need for you to sand down the material when the wood filler dries. You can now stain the new molding and your cabinets the same color to give them a finish that will be sure to match.

For more complicated kitchen remodeling projects, you may need the help of a professional in your area to take care of the whole job for you.