You saw the raw wood and how it looked after I got up the courage to use a router. Next step was the finish, which I decided would be lacquer (not polyurethane). A slow process, but at least no sanding between coats.
Here (above) are two of the little doors and below are all four almost dry. Pretty, huh?
And easy to put up!
At first I had them too close together (or the hinges sort of ‘pulled’ them together), but then I figured out the problem and they were just right.
The lower doors are the originals and below is their inner side being painted with the Cabinet Transformations bond coat. It goes on shiny then dulls, but later there’s a top coat that gives them luster.
My craziest idea was to use wood filler to fill in whatever it is you call the routed inner edges. Why? Because I love single slab doors and their simple, mid-century look. It took ages to dry and I needed lots and lots of wood filler. It was really hard to get smooth. Of course, ideally it would be perfectly smooth, but not with ME in charge.
Oh, and in the meantime I had lacquered and hung up the large upper doors. Yes, I know: the wood grain goes horizontal on them instead of vertical. Didn’t you know that’s a “thing”? It is NOW!
Here are the lower doors with wet paint on them…
And here they are installed (and slightly ajar for the first 24 hours).
I ADORE MY KITCHEN!
Here, in case you forgot, befores and afters: