Decorative cabinet door ideas

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Ideas for decorative cabinet doors can include colourful glass, hammered metal, fabric and embellished wood. You can refurbish old cabinet doors by replacing the centre panel with decorative tiles or stained glass. Solid cabinet doors may be covered with fabric, beadboard, repainted or stained. A scorched wood door is another distinctive way to dress any cabinet.

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Copper Panels

Copper ceiling tiles may be attached to the outside of a cabinet door to create a decorative finish. Copper foil that’s been hammered or punched with a design is another way to add an interesting look to your cabinets. Punched metal doors have a long history in cabinet design; it’s as simple a project today as it was long ago. Tape a design to the copper foil, and then hammer nails through the paper and the copper to create a punched design for the cabinet door.

Fabric Panels

Self-adhesive fabric is a simple and decorative way to refurbish the centre panel of five-panel cabinet doors. The material is available in a variety of designs and comes in rolls, similar to contact paper. You also could cover an entire flat-panel cabinet door with regular fabric to create a completely different look in your kitchen or bathroom.

Stained Glass Insert

One of the most beautiful inserts for a five-panel cabinet door is a stained glass panel. Add a light inside the cabinet for a dramatic effect. If the cost of real stained glass exceeds your budget, create glass panels that look like stained glass with stained glass paint. Stained glass paint is simple to apply; trace the outline of a design pattern onto the glass with liquid leading, let it dry and then fill in with colourful stained glass paint.

Scorched Wood Grain Panels

Create a set of scorched wood cabinet doors by highlighting the wood grains with a propane torch. Running the fiery end of the torch over the patterns in the wood deepens the grain for a unique and decorative finish.

Coloured Acrylics

Replace the centre panel of an old cabinet door with colourful acrylic panels. Sheets of acrylic are available in a variety of colours, so you can alter the design any way you like. Attach the panels to the cabinet door frame with clear construction adhesive.

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