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Woven Wood Veneer Cabinet Door

Weave an exciting new look into flat-panel kitchen cabinet doors using inexpensive veneer even a beginner can apply. Reproduce our design or create one of your own.

 Woven wood veneer cabinet door

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Crafts or utility knife
  • Straightedge
  • Tape measure
  • Iron


  • 2-in x 8-ft red oak veneer, #16547
  • 13-in flat black sisal pull, #362331
  • Minwax stain, Dark Walnut
  • Minwax water-base stain, Onyx
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Step 1

 Loosely woven wood veneer strips

Measure the height and width of the cabinet door front panel. Then cut two strips of veneer to the height of the door and three strips the width of the door. If you want to experiment with other patterns, cut additional veneer strips and test the looks of different designs on a flat surface. You can also change the grain direction by substituting adhesive-backed veneer sheets that you cut across the grain into strips, as shown below.

Step 2

Stain each strip the shade of your choice -- we used Dark Walnut -- and let dry. If the cabinet door is unfinished, stain the frame the same color.

Step 3

Tape off the cabinet door frame around the panel and stain the panel a contrasting shade. (We used Onyx.) Apply additional coats to achieve a color you like and let dry.

Step 4

Lay the veneer strips on the door and weave them together into a pattern you like. (The design will vary with the length and width of the door.)

Step 5

Use a hot iron to activate the adhesive backing on the veneer strips and bond them to the door panel. Allow them to cool before applying a clear finish of your choice.