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DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Using No Miter Molding

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How to add no-miter molding and bead board to plain kitchen cabinets to give them a custom look.

Before: Sealed Light Oak Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen Renovation Before

When I moved into this house the oak cabinets in the kitchen didn’t quite float my boat, but I knew that we couldn’t afford to get the kitchen re-done, so I lived with them for seven years until I had the time to give them a makeover with paint and no miter

After: Painted White With DIY Custom Molding Added to the Cabinets

Fast forward a few years – I just could not look at them anymore. I had successfully painted many pieces of furniture and knew I could paint the cabinets; it would just take a little longer than just re-doing one piece of furniture.

I wanted them to look as professionally done as possible so I took a trip to Home Depot to investigate how I could add some detail to the cabinets themselves and found No-Miter molding.

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The sign said – professional results, eliminating the need for miter cuts. Specifically designed to highlight corners and turns, which was perfect as I wanted to highlight my center island.

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The possibility of having decorative molding in my kitchen was becoming a reality.  I had a simple table saw and this was something I knew I could handle by myself without the help of my husband or a contractor.

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So I bought myself some decorative baseboard, decorative corners, bead board panels in two different styles, wide (Pickwick Pattern) and the narrow (traditional). I didn’t stop there – I had seen in many magazines, cabinets that had feet like a piece of furniture. I wanted that look. I can be quite resourceful when I really want something and found that pine shelf brackets sold in craft stores very inexpensively would work perfectly if I cut them to the correct height to fit under the cabinets at each corner to resemble feet.

Kitchen island redone with bead board and no miter molding.
The size of the kitchen is 13′ x 20′. The island is 26″ x 62″

I was thrilled with all my efforts. A few years later we also got new countertops right before we moved to a new home.

How-To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

If you decide to do this the best advice I can give to you is – take your time and do it right. It took me 3 weeks.  I worked a section at a time so we could still use the kitchen.

To learn how I successfully painted these cabinets, follow the steps I outline in this post:

I took the doors off and painted them on sawhorses set up in my basement. All the other work I did right in the kitchen.

When you are finished you can really be proud and say:  I did it myself! 

This photo shows the original cabinet, the new side with molding and paint, and attached shelf bracket

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Same cabinet After

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Painted Kitchen Cabinets



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I did not paint the inside of the cabinets, but I did paint both sides of the doors and a half inch strip inside – along the cabinet opening as you can see in this photo.

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I bought all of my supplies at The Home Depot except for the shelf brackets which I got at AC Moore.

How-to Install No-Miter Molding without Fear

supplies needed:

Ornamental Moldings Rope Acordonada Baseboard 3/8” x 4 Decorative Outside Corner Molding Decorative Inside Corner Molding
Pine Planking Bead board
Pine Shelf Brackets, one for each foot
Glidden Gripping Primer
Sherwin Williams Semi-gloss latex in Antique White
Saw/Electric Saw/or a Table Saw
Electric Sander and med grit sandpaper
Tack cloth
Small Foam paint roller with rounded end
1” angle brush
Paint-able silicone caulk

How to Add No-Miter Molding

 1. Cut bead board to height of section you want to cover. Starting at one end of each section – glue each tongue and groove piece on with Liquid Nails. The last piece you may have to cut width-wise in order to fit the space. Make sure as you place each section in that they are straight. You may need to add a finishing nail in some areas. I needed only a few.

2. Measure length of cabinet base for baseboard. Make sure to leave enough room for the corner pieces to fit.  (Each corner piece has a notch cut into it so that it fits right at the corner. Cut baseboard to size and attach with liquid nails, then attach the corner pieces.

3. Apply a bead of caulk along all seams and junctions between bead board and the baseboard. This will make the pieces look like they are one. Lightly go over the caulk with a wet finger tip to smooth. Let dry.

Aisle in Home Depot


Moldings and Shelf Bracket


Bead board Planking


Bead board Planking, Primed



How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

I used Glidden Gripper primer and Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Semi-Gloss paint in Antique White. To make the painting process easier, do one section of cabinets at a time. Set up 2 x 4’s on saw horses to place the cabinet doors on  and allow you to make a production line.

1. Remove doors and all hardware. Lightly sand doors and cabinet fronts. Clean off thoroughly with a tack cloth.

2. Apply a light coat of gripping primer with the small foam roller with round edges (lessens the look of roller lines), let dry, add one more coat, let dry.

  • If you have recessed framed cabinets use a Purdy brand 1-1/2″ angled brush to paint the recessed sections.  (If you see any paint ridges – sand with fine grit sandpaper in between coats and then clean off with a tack cloth.)

3. Apply two coats of latex paint. Let dry between each coat. If you need more coverage, paint another coat, but keep each coat light.

4. When dry – hang the doors back on.

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  1. Hi Everyone- Thanks for all the wonderful comments. I had stenciled the floor a few years before I painted the cabinets. The kitchen floor is in dire need of refinishing and when that happens the stencil will be gone. I found the baskets for the shelves at TJ Maxx. They fit perfectly into the shelves, but it took me 9 months of going around to many TJ Maxx stores to accumulate 6. It was worth the time and effort. When I move from this house, those baskets are coming with me.

  2. WOW! Love it… You encourage me to paint my cabinets. I’ve got a Power of Paint Party on Wednesdays. I’d love for you to link up your kitchen

  3. I am pretty much speechless! That totally looks like the pros came in and took over! The stencil on the floor is such a sweet touch. The basket shelf! The beadboard…OK so I am not speechless! Awesome, amazing job!