Wire mesh or screen
Saw and glue (for a too-large frame)
You’re not the only one who lives in a fixer-upper but don’t fret over that; just get busy fixing it up! Of course, when there’s no money for remodeling projects there isn’t much that can be done. Or is there? Maybe you should just look at some common items in a new way. For instance, are you in need of replacement cabinet doors in your kitchen? Did you know that a picture frame can be used instead? It might seem odd, but when you get the picture frame cabinet door on, you’ll instantly love it!
Sure, if you were to go out and buy a brand new picture frame – a big one, and you were to have it made to exactly fit your cabinet, it could cost a whole lot of money. But if you shop at a thrift store, and find an old frame that’s worth saving, you can get the cabinet door for a couple of bucks or so. Have you priced replacement cabinet doors for your kitchen? Okay, let’s continue!
You likely don’t want the picture in the frame that you pick out so don’t select a painting that way. Instead, look for the perfect frame – a thick, solid wood frame – and one that is flat instead of beveled. The frame that you buy can be the same size as the original cabinet door, can be a bit smaller, or can be a bit larger.
If the picture frame that you buy is a perfect fit you will have no problem getting it up on the cabinet. After removing the painting or print, you’ll end up with a large opening, and that won’t work for a cabinet door. So, purchase wire mesh, or metallic screen, and cover the opening of the frame by stapling the grid to the backside of it. With that done, hinge the door to the cabinet, and enjoy the new look.
If the picture frame that you purchase is a bit too small you can usually get away with that; you’ll just show a little more of the cabinet around the perimeter of the door. But if the frame is too wide, too long, or both, there is a simple procedure that you can do to fix that. Cut a piece off of each long side if the frame is too long; cut some off of each short side if the frame is too wide. Make each cut in the middle of that side. After removing the amount needed, glue the frame back together, and when the glue dries, hinge the frame on the cabinet.