How to Add Trim Molding to Base Cabinets

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Wooden trim molding
Miter saw
Working gloves
Nail set
Sand paper
Paint or stain
Paint brush

Base cabinets are useful structures that any efficient kitchen should have. This type of cabinet is used as base for other structures such as the countertops and sinks. This is the reason why you need to make sure that your base cabinets should always be in perfect condition. One of the things that you can do to protect your base cabinets is to add trim moldings to it. Trim moldings are installed at the corners of the base cabinets in order to protect the edges of cabinets from wear and tear. Installation of trimmings around your cabinet is a very easy task. For this particular type of DIY project, you will need the following things.

Step 1 - Cut the Wooden Trimming

The first thing that you need to do is to cut the wooden trimming according to the desired dimension of your base cabinet. To do this, use a tape measure and mark the areas of the wooden trim molding where you will be cutting later on with the miter saw.

Step 2 - Cut the Molding Using a Miter Saw

Stand the molding on the miter saw and cut the molding by following the marks that you have made earlier. Since the base cabinet has edges, make sure that you cut the edges of the trim moldings with a 45-degree angel. This is important so that you will be able to fuse the molding on your base cabinet cleanly.

Step 3 - Install the Molding at the Edges of the Base Cabinet

Once the trim moldings have been cut according to the desired length, install the moldings firmly along the edges of the cabinet. You can ask the help from a friend or a close family member to hold the other end of the molding while you install the other end on the cabinet. To install the molding, drive a nail using a hammer to attach the molding to the cabinet.

Step 4 - Flatten the Nail Head Using a Nail Set

In order to create a smooth finish on the trimming, use a nail set to flatten the nail head on the trimming. As soon as the nail head has been flattened, use a sand paper and sand the edges of the trimming in order to remove the rough edges of the trimming. Do this procedure on all edges of the trimming.

Step 5 - Paint the Trim Molding

Once you have sand the trim moldings and have removed all of the rough edges, the next thing that you need to do is to pain the trim molding with a paint or stain of your choice. Use a paint brush in order to apply the coat of paint to the molding. As much as possible, apply at least 2 coats of paint or stain to protect your trim molding.