Update flat-panel kitchen cabinet doors with a raised-panel look. Then add a colorful painted patina with a distressed finish.
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Measure the center panel of the cabinet door and cut a plywood piece 5 inches shorter than the panel size.
Center the panel on the door and mark the panel corners with painter's tape. Then apply glue to the back of the panel.
Lay the glued panel on the door between the taped corners and clamp in place.
Cut base cap moulding with 45-degree miters to wrap around the door panel. Glue and clamp the moulding to the panel and door. If necessary, fill any gaps at the corners with wood putty.
Immediately remove any glue that squeezes out after clamping the panel to the door.
Paint the entire door a base color. (We used Fall Leaves.)
Apply painter's tape around the contoured edges of the doorframe. Paint the door panel a contrasting color (Backstroke). Remove the tape after the paint dries. Then tape the edges of the center panel and paint the cabinet frame a color (Summerhouse Blue) that complements the raised panel and base color.
On the raised panel and doorframe, lightly sand away parts of the top color to expose the base color. Paint the cabinet box frame to match the doorframe, distress the frame, and reinstall the doors.