What can I use instead of kitchen cabinet doors?


I removed doors to try and make the kitchen look bigger,any thoughts about what to use in place of the doors.

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  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on May 07, 2019

    Curtains will soil easily & need to be frequently washed.

    I would work on adding either more cabinets on top or shelves below the uppers and above the window.

    I would put the doors back on, because you’ll find that dust & grease vapors will make all your dishes dirty, just sitting there.

    Also no one is Martha Stewart, no one has perfectly clean pots and pans, perfectly matching dishes. All that stuff is on display now.

    Although I can’t see the lighting, a lot can be done with the kitchen to make it look bigger by adding different kinds of lighting for different situations.

    If you can steal a little room out of another room adjacent, then build a pantry. It’s essentially a shallow closet, with shelving in it.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 07, 2019

    If the doors had inserts, you could take them out and put in glass or wire inserts to keep the open look. You could also put a nice frame on the cupboards and do the same, or just put on the framing. I am sure you can find something to go with your décor, there are many different decorative edgings you may find at home improvement stores.

  • Gk Gk on May 07, 2019

    I removed two cabinet doors and left them open as you have. I painted the inside of his cabinet white. I rearranged my cabinets putting dishes and baking bowls that I use all the time in the open cabinets. They get washed daily if not weekly. I lined these shelves with vinyl peel and stick flooring tiles to make wiping up easier and prevent any moisture damage. I only have to wipe down the shelves about 3 or 4 times a year and it only takes a few minutes of removing the dishes, wiping and putting them back. It doesn't make my kitchen any bigger but it does make it more convenient to get things down in a small kitchen space.

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on May 07, 2019

    Do you find it looks bigger without the doors? I wonder is seeing all your kitchen stuff is actually making it look a bit cluttered. It’s tough to keep open shelves looking tidy.

  • Debi53 Debi53 on May 09, 2019

    I would definitely put back the doors. Everything in your kitchen is the same white. Paint your walls a soft color like pale aqua or some other pale color that will give your kitchen some life but not make it dark. Buy a cord cover to attach to your ceiling and put the cord going across your kitchen in it. Paint it the same color as your ceiling (which I would paint the same pale color as your kitchen walls.) To make your kitchen feel larger, clean everything out of your cabinets--I do mean everything- and purge any extras or anything you don't use every single week. Items that you only need occasionally can be stored in other closets or in plastic tubs in the garage or basement. A small kitchen with tight storage is no place for anything except absolute must haves. Then use storage inserts inside your cabinets to make use of every inch of space. Do your best to get everything you can off of your countertops. Any small items that must remain on your counters should be gathered together in trays or baskets. Put you dish detergent in a decorative dispenser. Get rid of all boxes, bags, etc. from your counters. Also get rid of everything on the front of the fridge and hanging on walls unless it really works for the open feel you are trying to create. Replace all your cabinet knobs and handles with matching modern ones.


  • Heje Heje on May 09, 2019

    Put the doors back on as the kitchen looks cluttered and dark without them. The color looks good on the cabinets. The gold counter top has a lot of storage underneath it. How about getting cabinets from a resale store or a Habitat Restore and put under the gold counter. It would give more storage space and clear the counter tops. A soft color on the walls would brighten the look. Good luck on your project

  • 74734511413 74734511413 on May 11, 2019

    put the doors back. Add lighting. find a couple of battery operated LED under cabinet lights. Maybe a track light on the ceiling. Light over sink.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 12, 2019

    Agree with everyone who has said that having the doors removed only draws the eye to the clutter under the sink. It does not make the room look bigger.

    Although a kitchen with this footprint does not give you any room to expand the floor space, from just this one picture, I do see much space that is presently being used inefficiently.

    -gleaning through your stuff, keeping only the items that you use the most, will make what you need easier to access, and easier to put away

    -separating food from non-food items will reduce the hectic look of the room and will make the room easier to keep clean

    -installing shelves under the countertop so that all vertical space is being used, will eliminate stuff piled up, and falling over.

    -installing shelves or a cupboard above the fridge will make the present empty space useable

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 12, 2019

    I am also wondering what's up with wiring - is it an electrical cord that is dangling from the side wall?

    This does not look safe to me, especially so close to the sink.....