At Kitchen Door Workshop, we’re proud of our range of colours and finishes. But we know that however hard we think, and however many options we make, it’s always fun to have exactly, precisely, and perfectly the replacement kitchen doors that are in your head. We have lots of skills in furniture making but those talents don’t quite extend to mind reading, which is why we introduced the paintable vinyl option. It’s simple to order, you just pick the style and size of your doors as you would normally, but choose paintable vinyl. That’s where the fun begins: these doors are totally customisable!
The Chichester kitchen is shown here in customisable paintable vinyl
To get you started and give you some inspiration, here’s a few suggestions of what you can do with your new cupboard doors.
Get the kids to help
Whether you think your child is a budding Picasso, or you just love the crazy monsters and cute animals that come from their pencils, why not immortalise your child’s art by having them draw it directly onto the kitchen cupboards? Choose a door design with a nice flat surface, not too much carving or detail, get a few different colours of tester pots of paint made for wood, and release the little darlings. Make sure that you cover your floors with newspaper first! Older kids might enjoy using spray paint – they can practice first on big pieces of paper. If you’re using spray paint (which you can get from DIY stores and car accessories shops) you should do it outside in the fresh air on a day when it’s not raining, as the fumes can be quite strong.
Easier and more inexpensive than it looks; gold leaf can give a fun, opulent look to the kitchen. You need a book of gold leaves, some “size”, varnish and a set of kitchen doors. Pick a design that’s carved, for maximum effect. Size is what the sticky paste that you’ll glue the gold leaf on with is called. You can get both from art stores. It doesn’t have to be gold, it can be silver, platinum, copper or bronze coloured, too. The varnish can just be yacht varnish, form the DIY store.
Make sure the kitchen door is clean, then paint on a thin, even layer of size. Let it dry. It will go almost clear and feel rubbery. Then, take a sheet of gold leaf, peel it from its tracing paper backing, and lay it on the size. Rub it down gently. Lay another next to it. Make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies. You can use little scraps to cover any gaps or awkward bits. Finally, give the whole thing a coat of varnish. Voila! A kitchen fit for a king!
This can be really fun. Decoupage just means cut out and collaged paper. You can cover your cupboards with any images you like: cut them from magazines, old books, maps – whatever makes you smile. Just be wary of printing things out on your computer as the ink can run when you varnish it. You could order old records on the internet from your favourite pop hero and cut out the covers to make a collage of David Bowie or Lou Reed. Or use old film posters and cover your kitchen in Marilyn Monroe or Bruce Willis. Just paste them on, PVA glue is fine. Cover the whole lot with a neat layer of varnish, let it dry, and enjoy.
Other suggestions include covering the doors with an exuberant wallpaper, using spray paints to stencil a design on, or just matching the exact colour of your walls for an entirely indigo kitchen, for example. There are loads of things you can do with these kitchen doors, it’s infinitely flexible. Have fun experimenting!