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How to Transform Your Existing Cabinets Into Open Shelving

How to Transform Your Existing Cabinets Into Open Shelving

A relatively simple kitchen project, converting your standard kitchen cabinets into open shelving can be done in a weekend.

While open shelving adds versatility to your kitchen — doubling as display space and storage — it can also make day-to-day tasks easier, such as setting the table, unloading the dishwasher, and prepping food. The problem is that tearing out cabinetry, repairing walls and buying new shelves can be a lot of work and quite expensive. For an open shelving option that is easy on the wallet, convert your existing kitchen cabinets into a beautiful storage unit. Here’s how!

Items Needed:
• Screwdriver
• Double-edge pull saw
• Cloth
• Putty knife
• Fast-dry putty
• Sandpaper (fine grit)
• Trim
• Finishing nails
• Nail punch
• Caulk gun and caulk
• Damp sponge or cloth
• Paint and paintbrush

Step 1: Take Off Cabinet Doors & Hardware

To begin, use a screwdriver to remove the doors and hardware from the cabinets. If your cabinets feature soft-close hinges, there should be a latch or clip on each hinge that detaches the cabinet door. Once you find it, you can then remove the rest of the hardware from the cabinet box with the screwdriver.

Step 2: (Optional) Take Out Cabinet Stiles & Fill In Holes

This next step requires the use of a double-edge pull saw to cut out the middle stile of your cabinet. An optional step, it is based on how wide you want your open shelves to be. If you leave the stile in position, you’ll be able to reattach the cabinet doors in the future if you change your mind and want to go back to closed storage.

Pull out shelving and set it aside. Using a putty knife, scrape off any loose wood where the hinges were attached. Wipe off any sawdust with a cloth.

Fill any imperfections, like scratches or holes, with a fast-drying putty. Smooth out the spots with the putty knife and let them dry (check instructions for drying time). When dry, use a fine-grit sandpaper to sand the area smooth.

Step 3: (Optional) Attach Trim

For a nice touch, you can add trim to the front edge of the shelves with finishing nails. Simply countersink the nails with a nail punch, fill the holes with putty and allow to dry.

Step 4: Caulk Seams & Paint

If there are any seams in your cabinets, use a paintable caulk to seal them. Remove any excess caulk as you go, alternately using a damp sponge or cloth and your finger. Allow the caulk to dry.

Paint the inside of your cabinet the color of your choice. If you’re looking for a little extra oomph, consider using a contrasting color on the back of the cabinet or covering it with wallpaper. Let the paint dry. Reinstall the shelving and load up your new open shelves with pretty dishes and accessories.

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