When we bought the flip, we were thrilled that the existing cabinetry was in great shape – but unfortunately, the cabinet doors with arched details were not our style. And they were all over the house.
We knew that we would be changing the layout of the kitchen and master bathroom so those cabinets would be removed, but what about the cabinetry in the jack ‘n jill bathroom and the bathroom that adjoins the fourth bedroom? We wanted to save it since it was in such good condition, but the arched doors definitely didn’t go with our new streamlined design scheme.
Luckily, it turns out that the cabinet doors could be saved! Here’s how the cabinets look in the third bathroom after they were refurbished:
We originally thought that the arched detail was a raised panel that was part of the cabinet front – but our contractor figured out that it was actually an applied molding that was just glued to the front of the cabinet. So it could be pried right off!
Our painters went to town with their putty knives to pry off the arched detail, and then filled in any holes or rough spots with wood putty – then they just sanded, primed and painted like usual. (Note – the arched detail on the cabinet door on the built-in desk in the fourth bedroom actually was part of the cabinet door so it couldn’t be pried off. We replaced that door, along with the doors on the bookcases in the great room so they would match the new kitchen cabinets.)
Great trick, right?