Updating cabinet doors rejuvenates a space and gets rid of that boring and dated look. This can be accomplished fairly simply with little or no experience and without any big power tools, messes, or expense. Choose a tin insert to add French country charm…the possibilities are endless.
Things You’ll Need
- Faux Tin Panel (Fasade Backsplash panels at Lowes – $19.95)
- Liquid Nails or Strong Adhesive
- Scissors or utility knife (Scissors were used for better accuracy and control)
- Paper towels or Tissue paper
- Pencil and Sharpie
- Straight edge
- Tape measure (Fabric tape measure used for easier access inside the inset.)
- A touch of patience – this project is pretty simple, so shouldn’t need too much of that.
Let’s Get Started
1. Create a template for the cabinet insert. Paper towels were used (it’s cheap and sitting on the counter), but any paper, that is easy to manipulate, can be used. The goal is to position the paper into the inset, in order to trace around the curves and details and get an accurate template.
2. Check the traced template for accurate measurements….measure twice and cut once.
3. Cut out template.
4. Apply the template to the back of the tin panel (or insert of your choice) and trace with a sharpie marker (do not use a sharpie on the front).
5. Cut out insert. Scissors or utility knife can be used. If using real tin or metal, use metal cutting shears.
6. Finally, the first cabinet insert complete. Before adding the adhesive, make sure the tin insert fits correctly; minor adjustments and trimming may be necessary.
7. Add adhesive to the back of the tin insert and to the cabinet inset; press firmly and admire the new look.
Tips and Reminders
- Clean the cabinet doors before starting this project.
- Pay attention to the pattern on the tin panels. If a symmetrical tin pattern is desired, planning and lining up tin panels and patterns is required before tracing and cutting.
- Once in place, any small gaps or minor imperfections around the insert can be filled in or touched up with paint.