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How to Cover Kitchen Cupboards

Updated February 21, 2017

Your kitchen cupboards are often the first thing people look at when they enter your house. Therefore, it's important that your cupboards look their best. Covering kitchen cupboards offers an excellent alternative to purchasing new cabinets and can give your kitchen a completely different look, depending on the type of covering you choose. Use your imagination and think of how you would like your kitchen to look, and then apply that technique to suit your style.

Clean your cupboards thoroughly with grease-cutting cleaner and a sponge. The cupboards must be very clean so that the fabric will adhere to them.

Take the doors off your cupboards using a screwdriver or drill. You will need to remove the hinges and door handles. Take the doors outside and lay them on a flat surface.

Measure your cupboard doors to determine how much fabric you will need. Using this fabric-covering method, you will only be covering the doors, leaving the wooden boxes exposed as they are. Measure from the top to the bottom of the cupboard and then from one side of the door to the other. Add two inches to your measurements to allow for covering the door edges.

Soak your fabric in liquid starch until it is completely wet. Pull a single piece of fabric out of the starch and lay it pattern-side-up on your cupboard door.

Smooth the fabric across the cupboard door, using a plastic paint scraper to help ease the process. Make sure there are no wrinkles or creases in the material.

Lift the cupboard door and slip the excess fabric under each of the sides. Cut a small slit in the fabric at each corner of the door, so that you can fold the fabric under without creasing it on the front side. Place the cupboard door flat again and allow the material to dry completely.

Replace the doors, hinges and handles using a screwdriver or drill. You can feel the holes where the screws need to go through the fabric, so don't worry about marking them.

Remove the fabric, if you tire of it, by wetting it with a sponge. The fabric will peel right off, leaving the cupboards underneath undamaged.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Grease cutting cleaner
  • Screwdriver or drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Liquid starch
  • Plastic paint scraper
  • Scissors
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About the Author

Marsanne Petty has been a writer and photographer for over ten years, and is currently pursuing the combination in tandem. She attended Madison Community College, receiving a degree in Administration. She has published several articles for magazines, including Jack Magazine, and the local newspaper, the Jasper News. Her latest creation, a pictoral history of Hamilton County, Florida, was published in early 2009 through Arcadia Publishing.