I've got a 10-year-old condo with a kitchen that was treated pretty poorly by the previous owners. After layers of crud were removed, I discovered that some of the lower cabinet doors have 1x1" holes in the white veneer, revealing partical board. I am now looking for ways to camouflage this.
I cannot reorder doors in this style. The cabinet company no longer makes them and I can't really find anything that looks similar. They are flat white cabinet doors.
I don't want to paint the doors. I'd have to paint all the bottom ones or the three damaged ones would stand out. And this is a condo in an upscale neighbourhood. Painted cabinets would not really look right in a modern kitchen.
I realize that I could put new veneer on the cabinets, but I did that at my old place and, with wear and tear, the veneer started to peel away. If I was just planning to flip this condo, I'd redo the veneer. But I'm going to be here a while.
I have considered replacing the cabinets or the doors. However, I'd prefer to save my budget for other things, since I am not planning on living here for more than a few years. If I must replace the doors, I will. But let's not go there with this thread.
Today, I remembered a Debbie Travis TV show where she used aluminum channels
to hide chipped cabinet doors. (She also went crazy with orange plastic...I don't want to do that.) It occurred to me that, because the damage on my cabinet doors is within an inch or so of the bottom of the cabinet doors, it could be disguised with some sort of metal channel. For example, I could just put the channel along all the bottom cabinets and make it look like a feature. Given that there are some metal separators between the drawers and the cabinets, this would not look out of place.
However, I wondered what other means I could use to disguise the damage. I'd like to do something that looks modern and clean. So, aside from metal channels, what other things could I use to hide the damage?
FWIW, we'll be replacing the appliances and putting in stone counters. And I've searched old threads here, in Google, and looked at what's available from Home Depot and Lee Valley. But I may be looking for a non-standard solution -- who would have thought to use metal channels, for example?