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Punched-Tin Cabinet Door

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Give kitchen cabinet doors a touch of country charm with these decorative inserts. Use our free downloadable pattern or invent your own customized design.

 Punched-tin cabinet door with dove and heart design

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Hammer
  • 3-in common nail or scratch awl
  • Scissors
  • Painter's tape
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Tape measure

Materials

  • 10-ft x 10-in aluminum flashing, #12538
  • 1/2-in furniture nails, pack of 25, #58197
  • Minwax water-base wood stain, Deep Ocean
  • Brainerd 7-1/2-in nickel bar cabinet pull, #290797
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Instructions

The supplies listed provide enough flashing to decorate about five doors and enough particleboard backing for about 16 doors, depending on their size.

Step 1

Remove the door from the cabinet and remove the hinges. To provide a surface thick enough to hold the furniture nails needed to install the flashing, add a particleboard backing to the inside face of the center panel. Measure the inside dimensions of the center panels for each cabinet door you'll decorate, and then have a Lowe's associate cut 5/8-in particleboard backing panels to those sizes. Glue and clamp a particleboard backer to the inside center panel of each door and let dry.
Good to Know
If you're gluing particleboard to an unfinished cabinet door, no surface preparations are needed. If you're gluing to a finished cabinet door being remodeled, first sand off the existing finish for a stronger glue bond.

Step 2

If you're working with an unfinished cabinet door, apply the stain or paint you'll use for the rest of the kitchen cabinetry. Let dry overnight before adding the punched-tin inserts.

Step 3

Measure the height of the center panel front face and use scissors to cut a piece of flashing that length. (Check to see if you can tuck any slight excess into the frame grooves holding the panel in place.) Hold the flashing in position on the cabinet door using painter's tape.

Step 4

Measure 3/4-in from the edges of the flashing and mark locations 1-1/2-in apart for the furniture nails. Hammer the nails at each mark and remove the tape.
Good to Know
The broad heads on short furniture nails make them tricky to drive. Save your fingers by gripping the nail with a pair of needle-nose pliers while you begin driving it into the wood.

Step 5

Print and assemble the dove and heart pattern. Position it on the flashing slightly higher than the center of the door and tape it in place. (Avoid overlaying the pattern on the furniture nails.) Using a large common nail or scratch awl, hammer just the tip into the flashing at each circle or wherever you prefer along the outline of the pattern. (The holes will be about 1/8 of an inch apart.)
Good to Know
To get a feel for punching through tin with your nail or scratch awl, place a piece of flashing on a scrap of hardwood and practice making uniform holes.

Step 6

 Metal drawer front trim on a blue cabinet drawer
Install a door handle or knob and remount the door on your cabinet. To complement the look of the punched-tin doors, cut thinner strips of flashing and nail them to your drawer fronts before mounting the handles or drawer pulls.