Replace Or Refurbish Your Kitchen Doors?


Choosing the right kitchen doors can be similar to making any other home improvement. This decorating element can accommodate a wide variety of tastes, including contemporary, country, European, and more. Your budget and style determine the choices you make, and a little elbow grease keeps your household investment looking great.

The amount of money you have to spend will likely impact the selection you make. Those with deeper pockets can go with a custom-made option, but you can scale down a bit with a semi-custom door. Stock doors are the most reasonably priced choice.

Materials vary widely in price, with solid wood or steel being the priciest options. Doors made of veneer or vinyl are more moderately priced, and foil is the least expensive.

Kitchen doors can express your decorating style in many ways. You might consider raised or flat panels to add a little flair. Molding is a stylish touch, or maybe a valance is more in line with your style. Texture is another consideration. Some options are flush, tongue or groove molding, shaker, and paneled.

Finishes are yet another way to show your style. Consider espresso, dulce, natural, frost, cherry wood, glaze, harvest, maple, oak, RTF finishes, and a multitude of other choices.


One way to update your kitchen without breaking the bank is to refurbish them yourself. However, when it comes to installation, it’s worth the investment to have a professional do the job. Add sparkle to your door with a stylish new handle. Or, make a small investment in new wood or metal hinges. Veneers are yet another way to add shine and pizazz.

When it comes to cleaning, the material your door is made of determines the product you use. A damp cloth is usually all you need to clean a high-gloss door, but for more severe stains, try a solution of one part acetone or alcohol and one part warm water. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Acetone, alcohol, and bleach will eat away at a foil door. Use a liquid soap solution and a soft cloth to clean this type of kitchen door.

To avoid squeaking and add shine, remember to clean your hinges. Remove them from the door and spray oil on the hinges. Eliminate rust with a wire brush, wipe clean, and re-apply a little oil. Finally, clean your door handle using all-purpose cleaner. Follow up with brass polish, and buff. Your kitchen doors will look brand new!