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Panel and Patina Cabinet Door

Update flat-panel kitchen cabinet doors with a raised-panel look. Then add a colorful painted patina with a distressed finish.

Painted and distressed kitchen cabinet doors

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Painter's tape
  • 180-grit sandpaper


  • 1/2-in x 4-ft x 4-ft oak plywood, #6217
  • 11/16-in x 1-3/8-in pine base cap moulding, #5963
  • Elmer's wood filler, 8 ounces, #214588

Valspar Signature paint:

  • Fall Leaves (#CI 88)
  • Backstroke (#CI 18)
  • Summerhouse Blue (#4008-5C)

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Add a Raised Panel

Step 1

Measure the center panel of the cabinet door and cut a plywood piece 5 inches shorter than the panel size.

Step 2

Apply glue to panel back for cabinet door

Center the panel on the door and mark the panel corners with painter's tape. Then apply glue to the back of the panel.

Step 3

Center panel on cabinet door

Lay the glued panel on the door between the taped corners and clamp in place.

Step 4

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.

Good to Know

Immediately remove any glue that squeezes out after clamping the panel to the door.

Create a Distressed Finish

Step 1

Paint cabinet door base color

Paint the entire door a base color. (We used Fall Leaves.)

Step 2

Paint cabinet door panel top color

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.

Step 3

Sand top color to reveal 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.