What the best way to turn kitchen cabinet doors into a shaker style?

I have solid wood cabinets in my kitchen that I want to redo. The doors are the plain slab style with a "decorative" groove cut around the perimeter with a router. I want to turn the doors into shaker style. Is that even possible with the groove border on the doors and drawers? The cabinet doors are not very thick but it would be extremely expensive to try to replace them. Any ideas??

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  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 11, 2018

    Shaker style is plain. Why not simply try plain door and cabinet handles in Shaker styling, or long slim handles that replicate a transitional look?

  • William William on Jul 11, 2018

    Here ya go. What other Hometalkers did.


  • Heje Heje on Jul 11, 2018

    I just finished changing my kitchen doors into shaker style. It was not hard. I had the lumber yard people cut luan (1/4 inch thick) into 3 inch strips. I had to go 3 inches to cover the cut in design on my doors. Then at home I cut them to the right size, glued and used small names to attach them on each door. I had to clean and sand my doors first and caulked the corners that would still be showing. Sanded the edges, primed and painted which left me with a more modern kitchen.