Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Unfinished Wood Doors: Create Your Own Unique Style

by Jeffrey Anderson
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Just about everyone has an interior designer inside them just waiting to burst out. Refacing your cabinets is a great way to make your kitchen look new again, but how can you get it to reflect your personality? If you don't mind a little extra work, there's a way to make your kitchen uniquely your own and perhaps save a little money in the process.

Customize with Unfinished Wood Doors

Using pre-finished cabinet doors and drawer fronts saves some time and work during your refacing project, but confines you to finishes cabinet companies feel are popular at the moment. When you select unfinished wood doors and drawer fronts for your kitchen, you allow yourself almost endless design and color possibilities. Another benefit is the cost: in most cases, unfinished wood products cost less than those finished by the manufacturers.

Unfinished wood doors are available from large cabinet companies such as Merillat and American Woodmark and from smaller cabinet shops near where you live. You can also buy from online cabinet parts retailers who carry unfinished wood doors. Door styles include:

  • Cathedral
  • Square
  • Arched
  • Double Arch
  • Double Cathedral

Companies offer unfinished wood doors in popular wood species such as oak, maple, and cherry. Many exotic woods can be special ordered. Expect to pay in a range of $18 to $20 per square foot for unfinished raised panel oak doors and $21 to $22 for the same styles in maple, but prices can vary based on where you purchase and the quality of the wood. The money you save by purchasing unfinished wood doors may cover the cost of the stain or paint, helping you create your own unique design.



About the Author
Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I., and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time. He spends his time writing, remodeling

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