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Interested in storing and displaying your kitchen wares? Consider removing your cabinet doors -- a process that's hardly labor-intensive yet high in visual impact.

cabinet doorsRemoving cabinet doors is a relatively simple job, but some care is required to prevent mishaps! Photos by Joe Provey, Home & Garden Editorial Services

Earlier today, our sister site ShelterPop inspired us with their post about removing cabinet doors to acheive a more open, airy design while revealing display-worthy dishes, glasses and other kitchen wares.

From a functional standpoint, it's easier to access stored items in open cabinets -- and easier to put them away, too. Of course, the next thing we thought was, is the process of removing cabinet doors as easy as it sounds? The answer: Yeah, pretty much.

A lot of care goes a long way, though, so be gentle when removing the doors to avoid damaging them (you may want to rehang them some day). It's also easy to damage the frames of the cabinets as you remove the doors, and the damage will be very obvious once the doors are off.

The good news? Follow the steps below and you shouldn't run into any problems.

removing cabinet doorsJoe Provey, Home & Garden Editorial Services

Step 1: Remove bottom hinge screws first while holding the cabinet door so it remains aligned with the cabinet frame. If the door swings out of alignment with only one hinge attached, the frame or hinge may be damaged. Keep a container handy for the hinge screws.

removing cabinet doorsJoe Provey, Home & Garden Editorial Services

Step 2: Remove the top hinge while grasping the door firmly. You may want to have a helper support the door to be sure it doesn't drop as you remove the last screw.

removing cabinet doorsJoe Provey, Home & Garden Editorial Services

Step 3: Fill screw holes with wood patching compound. You may use a plastic putty knife or a craft stick, as shown here, to push the compound into the holes. (Fingers work fine, too!) Choose a latex patching product that can be stained or a pre-colored one that matches the color of your cabinet.

removing cabinet doorsJoe Provey, Home & Garden Editorial Services

Step 4: Smooth the filled holes with 120-grit (or finer) abrasive paper.

removing cabinet doorsJoe Provey, Home & Garden Editorial Services

Step 5: Use an artist's brush to apply a matching stain to the filled holes and to other nicks and worn spots.

removing cabinet doorsJoe Provey, Home & Garden Editorial Services

Step 6: Wipe away excess stain, allow to dry, and reapply if necessary to match the cabinet stain. The filled holes should not be very noticeable when you're done.

After You Remove Your Doors
Keep the hinges screws in an envelope or plastic bag, and tape it to the cabinet door so they don't get lost. Store the doors in a dry place where they won't get knocked around. Tip: The doors will be easier to store, and less likely to be damaged, if you remove the hinges and door pulls before stacking them.

SEE ALSO:
New Uses for Old Kitchen Cabinets

Refacing Kitchen Cabinets


See a tip on how to organize kitchen cabinets in the following video!



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