How do I replace inside kitchen cabinet shelves?

by Nan

The shelves in the bottom of our cabinets are made of icky particle type board and are looking awful, even coming apart around the brace boards. I can't afford new cabinets and was thinking of painting or restaining them. But with such ugly shelves I've lost my will to begin fixing it up.

  4 answers
  • William William on Apr 29, 2019

    Just replace the existing shelves with 3/4" plywood. Use the old shelves as templates to cut the new shelves.

    • Nan Nan on Apr 29, 2019


      Thanks for your reply and pardon my ignorance. How do you get the old shelves out? They seem to be adhered in front, back sides and by support boards.



  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 29, 2019

    I would recommend having shelving board cut to replace the particle board.

  • Baxter Baxter on Apr 29, 2019

    Unless you're really wanting to make new wood shelves, you could cover up the existing particle board bottoms with self-adhesive floor tiles. (You may need to inspect and make minor repairs using wood putty on your existing cabinet bottoms to insure the tiles will adhere.) The tiles come in a variety of designs and colors, are inexpensive, easy to cut/install and you get the added bonus of having a protective water-proof cabinet bottom. Good Luck!

  • William William on Apr 29, 2019

    What I have done in the past is use a jig saw and cut the shelves from front to back in two spots. Then use a hammer, pry bar to get them out. Since you do have support boards they may just be wedged in place. Try using a hammer and bang under the shelf on one side and see if it pops up.