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Do your cabinet doors look a bit worn and weathered.. don’t want to completely redo them but do want a new look

Punched tin, one of the old fashioned early American looks might be the answer that you are looking for.

It is hardy, wears like iron, is easy to do, is stylish and very elegant and can be lit up from behind or simply placed over the door in the center and framed with molding.

Renovation projects can be expensive, time consuming and inconvenient.

If you are looking for a new look without the high cost of time and money then the kitchen cabinet doors are a great place to start to renovate your kitchen.

Just renovating the doors of the cabinets will make a huge difference , particularly if they are older or worn
A new look for your kitchen can be accomplished by changing the color, style or finish.

Tge easier way to do this is by replacing the door and hardware, or perhaps by refurbishing the doors your cabinets currently having using some molding, some tin or copper and an ice pick.

Choose a design from the myriad numbers of punched tin designs that are available and get to work.

Materials

Tin or copper sheeting.

Tin punch pattern
ice pick
half round or other molding of your choice.
New hardware to match or complement the tin or copper.


Measure your cabinet doors.
You will need to leave about 2 inches outside the punched tin, so that the remainder of the door frames it nicely.

Punch the design that you prefer, and place it on the center of the cabinet door.

If you would like to have lights show through your punched tin work, you will need to cut out a hole in the center of the cabinet door and then add the tin work.

(a simple plug in nightlight bulb and a small light fixture can be placed inside the cabinet to provide the backlighting to your tin piece)

WHen you have completed punching the design to fit your cabinet inset area, place it on the cabinet, using folded tape to hold it in place.
Miter and cut the molding that will frame it and using either small galvanized screws or finishing nails tack the molding in place catching the edges of the tin materials as you do so, so that it not only frames, but also holds the tin in place.

What you will end up with depends largely on your skill and time in punching the tin as well as the design and way you do your punching.

It could be anything from ancient celtic to early american in nature, but the technique can absolutely transform an older kitchen into something that is remarkly unique and interesting..

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