Adding Trim to 1960s Cabinets

When we moved into our home a decade ago, we were faced with the 1960s original cabinets in the kitchen. Working on a tight budget, and a ticking clock with a baby on the way, we had to make due. So we ripped out the bulkhead, painted them, and got new hardware. That's about as fancy as we could get.
A couple years ago we ripped off some fronts to create open shelves, and added some crown molding at the top...
But I've always wanted to add some trim to them...make them a little more interesting. I've been doing a little mini makeover in the kitchen so I finally decided to tackle this project last week. I went to Lowes, found some trim, and got to work.
I measured and cut the wood using a portable circular saw. I used some wood glue and clamps to set the pieces in place. Drilled new holes for the new knobs, and all that was left was some priming and painting!
And now we have some seriously updated cabinets!
And now...
And after...
Same view now...
I am in shock at what a difference a little trim can make!
The '60s never looked so good;)
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  • Bernice H Bernice H on Jan 23, 2017
    I absolutely love this and keep it to show hubs! your stove and microwave vented to the outside,or is the hood a recirculating filter type? Thanks for being my inspiration!
  • Lau Cormier Lau Cormier on Jul 21, 2017

    The corner near the stove. Are those tiny corner draws or just dead space?

  • JudyH JudyH on Aug 29, 2017

    Your original 'before' and final 'after' looks like your transformation included more than paint and cabinet molding/new hardware. You also changed the counter tops and all appliances - correct??

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