Shaker Style Cabinet Door Makeover


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Doing kitchen renovations is not an icing on the cake. You need to do lots of planning and budgeting to make it your worthwhile investment. Inline, making your kitchen cabinets look stunning would cost much, especially if you are going to make a new one.

Turning your boring flat cabinets into a shaker style cabinet is the best economical and creative way of renovating it. It is much cheaper than refacing your wooden cabinets. To help you with this project, here are some easy steps to guide you in creating wood shaker cabinets.

Materials Needed to Make Shaker Wall Cabinets

Is it hard to make your DIY wood shaker cabinets? Honestly, it is not that difficult but it takes a lot of your time in creating one. Before starting your project, make sure to have these materials.

  • Wood filler
  • Sander
  • Miter saw
  • Nail gun
  • 4 x 8-1/4” strips of plywood
  • Putty knife
  • Caulk gun
  • Face mask

The Process – How to Make Cheap Shaker Cabinets

The entire process is simple and straightforward, you just have to invest enough time, effort, and creativity to renovate your flat wooden cabinets. Here are some of the basic steps in creating your own shaker style cabinets.


You need to first take out the cabinet doors, hinges, screws, and other hardware of your wall and kitchen cabinets.


After taking out those doors, use your orbital sander to smoothen out its surface. You can start with an 80-grit sandpaper then go for 150 and 220-grit to achieve that smoothness. After sanding, wipe off the dust with a dry cloth or feather duster.

Work on the Trims

The width of your trim or plywood strips would depend on the dimension of the cabinet doors. Nevertheless, we recommend you to have a trim with 2” or 2.5” width at the sides while 1.5” for the top and bottom trims.

It is best if you install the trims on the sides first, then work on the top and bottom trims last. When you have all four trims ready for one shaker style cabinet, make sure all edges and surface has been sanded out.

Nail the Trims Down

Grab your nail gun and nail down the vertical trims first, and then work on the horizontal trims next. We recommend that you nail on the center of the trims first, before going nailing both ends.

Fill It Up with Wood fillers

After nailing all four trims, grab your wood filler. Make sure the color of your wood filler matches the color of your trim and cabinet door. Fill up the gaps or spaces between each trims. Likewise, fill up the nail holes.

You will only use the caulk gun when there is a huge gap between the trim and the cabinet door. If you think some of the edges and surface of your wood or maple shaker cabinets are rough, grab your detail sander and do some sanding.

Choose the Right Color and Start Painting

Once you are done finalizing the gaps, trims, and the rough edges, the next step is choosing a suitable color for your shaker wall cabinets. If you like a modern theme, we recommend you to choose neutral color tones, white or even black for better contrast.

A white shaker cabinet is suitable for smaller kitchen and bathroom areas. It creates more visual and airy space in your home. Meanwhile, a black shaker cabinet would look best if your kitchen wall is of a lighter hue.

Likewise, to create a spontaneous appearance, it is also good to have parallel color tones with your shaker wall cabinets and countertops.


Whether you go for a maple or fabuwood shaker cabinets, this is an awesome and affordable way of lifting the beauty of your flat wooden wall cabinets. You can further search other designs and tips regarding shaker cabinets for more ideas.

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Bayram Gulsen

Bayram Gulsen is the owner of Cabinets City. He always had this passion to redefine cabinetry to be at its best along with his dedicated team and the author of Cabinets City blog: You can find Bayram on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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