Prepping My IKEA Veddinge Cupboard Doorways & Drawer Fronts For Paint – Sanding, Including Trim, And so forth.

When buying IKEA Sektion cupboards for my studio, I opted for the Veddinge cupboard doorways and drawer fronts for one quite simple purpose. They have been one of many least costly choices. And whenever you want as many as I wanted for my studio (which might be equal to a really massive kitchen), these financial savings added up fairly a bit. And whereas I didn’t need flat entrance cupboard doorways and drawer fronts in my last studio design, I knew that I may add my very own trim and nonetheless find yourself with fairly a financial savings. Plus, my plan from the start was to color my cupboards a enjoyable shade (you may see all the colours I thought-about right here), so including trim wouldn’t be that large of a deal.

I did have a tough time deciding simply how I needed to trim them out, although. I thought-about numerous designs (a few of which you’ll see right here), and completely different choices to get that design. I believed I had landed on the concept of utilizing Overlays (that are laser lower designs that you just adhere to the fronts of the doorways), however the deciding issue all got here right down to the one cupboard proper in the midst of the mural wall that has six 5-inch-high drawers. In the long run, I made a decision that I needed these drawers trimmed out individually, however no design I attempted would match on these brief drawer fronts. In a pc drawing, it appeared to work…

However after I tried that concept with actual trim on an actual drawer entrance, I spotted actually rapidly that precise trim takes up far more area than a skinny drawn line on a pc mock up.

After making an attempt each design I may consider, I lastly concluded that the one design that might match on these doorways was a easy rectangle. And if I’m going to do a easy rectangle, there’s actually no must order Overlays and wait their three-week turnaround time after I may simply purchase some easy trim, lower strips in the appropriate size and mitered on the corners, and make my rectangle frames.

In order that’s what I did. I had in thoughts that I might use wooden lattice trim. The worth for wooden lattice is sort of the vary, from $1.48 per linear foot (which might have price $556.48 for the quantity I wanted) to $0.98 per linear foot (which might have price $368.48 for the quantity I wanted).

There’s additionally a small trim known as display, which I’ve used many instances through the years for varied tasks. It’s $0.78 per linear foot, which might have come to $293.28. I most likely would have bought this one had they’d sufficient in inventory. However they have been nearly offered out.

And I’m glad I saved trying as a result of I landed in a piece that I by no means take a look at and by no means even take into account — the plastic trim. It’s known as polystyrene, which I all the time affiliate with Styrofoam. Once we moved into our home, the ceilings all through the home have been coated in polystyrene tiles, and so they had that very same really feel as a Styrofoam espresso cup. However this plastic is tough, but it surely’s not shiny plastic. The floor seems like a primed floor that may simply take paint.

That they had the identical display trim within the plastic trim, however this price $3.48 per 8-foot piece. That’s $0.44 per linear foot.

In order that’s what I bought, and it price $163.56 for all of the trim I wanted for all three sections of cupboards within the studio.

To prep the cupboard doorways and drawer fronts for trim and paint, I wanted to sand the tremendous shiny end off of all of them. I did this utilizing my electrical sander and 100-grit sandpaper discs. I attempted 120-grit, however that didn’t lower by way of that manufacturing facility end. (The end on IKEA Veddinge cupboard door and drawer fronts is superb and extremely sturdy, FYI. I might think about they’re all like this, and I’m fairly impressed with the standard of the end. If solely they offered pink doorways! 😀 ) The 100-grit labored rather well, although. I took extra of the end off than was vital on this primary cupboard door. On the following ones, I sanded simply sufficient to take away the shine, however probably not sufficient to see by way of the white paint.

After they have been all sanded, I made myself a jig to mark the place the trim would go on every door and drawer entrance. Since IKEA Veddinge doorways are 5/8-inch thick, I made the jig with one piece of scrap 1-inch lumber ripped to 1 3/8 inch (do not forget that 1-inch lumber is definitely 3/4-inch thick), and nailed that to a different scrap piece of 1-inch lumber ripped to 1 inch. That manner, once they have been nailed collectively, the within of the larger piece was 5/8 inch to suit completely on the aspect fringe of the door or drawer entrance, and the piece that might go on prime of the door would mark the 1-inch area that I needed to go away on the sting earlier than the trim.

I lower the items to 36 inches lengthy since that was the width of the widest drawer fronts.

So after sanding every door and drawer entrance, I positioned my jig on the sting of the cupboard door with the 1-inch piece on prime of the door, and marked that line. After doing this on all 4 sides, I had a superbly spaced rectangle to mark the place the trim can be hooked up.

Earlier than truly including the trim, I needed to drill holes for the cupboard {hardware}. For the drawers, I purchased these 10-inch pulls. So I folded a chunk of paper (utilizing cardstock or thick photograph paper would have been preferable) and marked the width of the screw holes.

Then I used my tape measure to measure and mark the middle between the screw holes.

Earlier than marking the drawer fronts, I positioned a chunk of painters tape the place the pull would go…

After which utilizing my tape measure, I measured and marked the middle of the peak of the drawer. I did this in two locations.

After which utilizing a straight edge, I used these two marks to attract a line proper down the middle of the drawer top.

Subsequent, I measured over from the sting and marked the center of the drawer.

With the center marked, I used the sample I had made and lined up the center marks, and marked the screw gap positions on the middle line I had drawn.

That gave me the right spacing for the drawer pull.

Earlier than I drilled the holes on the very first drawer entrance, I double checked the marks. However as soon as I knew my sample was proper, I didn’t double test the following drawer fronts.

After which I used to be able to drill the holes.

And voila! Completely positioned, completely spaced holes for the drawer pull.

I do know that appeared like a protracted, drawn out course of, however you solely must make one sample (or one for every dimension of pull). After you have a sample, the remainder of the method goes in a short time. I believe it took me about two minutes to do every drawer entrance.

As soon as the holes for the {hardware} have been drilled, I used to be prepared to connect the trim. I lower all the trim with my miter noticed, chopping the ends at a 45-degree angle. The wonderful thing about drawing the rectangle (utilizing the jig) earlier than chopping and attaching trim is that you should use these pre-drawn traces to ensure your trim cuts are the precise proper size. I lower all of the trim items, after which double checked the lengths by holding them to the drawn traces and ensuring they have been precisely proper. A few of them wanted a bit extra (a couple of blade width) lower off to make them excellent earlier than attaching the trim. Additionally earlier than attaching the trim, every trim piece wanted only a little bit of sanding with 220-grit sandpaper on the lower ends earlier than assembling the frames.

I assembled the frames earlier than attaching them to the drawer fronts, and I assembled them utilizing my sizzling glue gun. It solely took only a very small quantity of sizzling glue to place the frames collectively.

I let the glue dry for a minute or two, after which flipped the body over and added a bead of Loctite building adhesive to the again. One factor I really like about this plastic trim is that the again is definitely indented, making it excellent to make use of with building adhesive. When utilizing trim that has a flat again, the development adhesive normally squishes out the perimeters as soon as the trim is utilized. I didn’t have that subject with this trim.

And since I had already measured and marked the traces the place the trim would go, placing the trim in place was very simple. There was no guess work, no measuring required, and no room for errors.

And right here’s a peek at a drawer entrance with the brand new trim and a drawer pull sitting in place.

I’m not fairly completed including the trim to the cupboard doorways, and as soon as I end that, I’ll have another step earlier than I’m prepared for priming and portray. I nonetheless wish to caulk the corners of the trim to remove these tiny cracks within the joints, after which I wish to caulk all the way in which round all the trim. That gained’t be a fast and simple course of since I’ve so many drawers and door fronts, however it is going to be value it. These kinds of particulars actually go a protracted method to taking a DIY undertaking to the following degree.

In order that’s the progress up to now. My new order of IKEA cupboards is arriving right now, so I’ll have much more sanding and trimming to do. However I’m actually hoping I’ll be prepared for paint by this weekend!