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Project by Phred posted 03-19-2008 05:41 AM 1393 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well.. my mom needed a set of cheap kitchen cabinets for her house. She wanted cheap.. so.. I did white painted MDF Cabinets. What a pain.. the cabinets are frame and panel MDF, painted with White Laquer. Still needs a few finishing touches. This was my first kitchen, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to do hers before I did mine.. learned A LOT!!!

The cabinets are european framless cabinets, I used 3/4” white melamine with a full back (3/4”) I used european cup hinges (120 degree full overlay.) the drawers are all 1/2” Baltic Birch mounted on full extention drawer slides. I used leg levelers on all of the base cabinets as the floor drops 3 inches from one end to the other!!! I installed a Wire Lazy Susan in the bottom corner cabinet, and a tip out in front of the sink.

The biggest challenge was the 5 full size pantry cabinets, they are 18” deep. I think by far this was most of the work in building the full kitchen. My mom needed the extra cabinets, as she has no closets etc (the house is only 900 sq ft so they were a neccesity.

Another fun part of the kitchen, if you can see in the original picture, the box beside the fridge is covering a furnace duct that is going into the floor. I had to make a “cut out” drawer (similar to an L shape) in the bottom drawer left of the stove.

-- But honey.. this new power tool will pay for itself when we re-do the kitchen!





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sidestepmcgee

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#1 posted 03-19-2008 06:14 AM

looks good, mdf isnt half bad for the wallet.just did the same for my parents . i like the tall pantry doors

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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vwmike99

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#2 posted 03-19-2008 06:24 AM

Nice! I want to do some cabinet work in my bonus room out of MDF. How was working with the MDF?

-- If I knew what I was doing, someone would be paying me to do it!

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GaryK

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#3 posted 03-19-2008 06:26 AM

Looks great! How do you think the screws in the hinges will stand up to use in the MDF?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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rikkor

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#4 posted 03-19-2008 11:29 AM

Well, they look good. The pulls are interesting.

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 03-19-2008 11:54 AM

Hi Phred,

This is a nice looking project. It certainly brightens up the kitchen and I am sure it made your mother happy to get the remodel.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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HickoryHill

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#6 posted 03-19-2008 01:01 PM

They may be cheap MDF cabinets, but they look a he** of a lot nice than what was there. Good work!

-- Jim, Michigan

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ND2ELK

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#7 posted 03-19-2008 01:35 PM

Very nicely done. Your mom should be very happy with her new kitchen.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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SPalm

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#8 posted 03-19-2008 02:23 PM

Good job, It looks really nice. (Great way to perfect your skills also)
What type of hinges did you use?
Maybe you could explain more what you learned, to share with others.

Welcome to LJs,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 03-19-2008 02:48 PM

These really came out very nice looking. Huge improvement over the old kitchen.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bill Butler

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#10 posted 03-24-2008 06:45 PM

You should have your own show on HGTV. Definitely a stunning reveal, regardless of how “on-the-cheap” you may think it was done.

Bill.

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jeanmarc

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#11 posted 08-16-2008 11:16 PM

This is a nice looking project

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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Karson

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#12 posted 08-16-2008 11:19 PM

Very nice looking cabinets.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Zuki

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#13 posted 08-16-2008 11:24 PM

Great looking cabinets. I agree with Rikkor . . . the pulls are great.

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