Luan Wood Cabinet Doors

Luan Wood Cabinet Doors

Give stylish new life to your cabinet doors with custom luan wood panels.

5 col

Difficulty: Difficult

Carpenter’s square
¼" luan wood sheets (cut to size of existing cabinet door)
2"-wide painter’s tape
Box cutter
Tape measure
Paint (50/50 water-paint mix)
120-grit sandpaper
Wood stain
Finishing nails
Industrial-grade epoxy


1. Use the carpenter’s square to measure 2½" from the edge on both vertical sides of a luan wood sheet to create a border with a pencil. (See the red lines below.) Draw another line straight down the middle of the sheet between the two red lines. (See the yellow line below.)

2, Use the carpenter’s square to draw triangles. (See the blue lines.) The tip of the carpenter’s square should line up with the center yellow line. The blue lines should be 2" apart

3. Place a piece of painter’s tape along the outside of both red vertical lines

4. Use the painter’s tape to fill in the triangles you created

5. Using the 50/50 water-paint mix, paint the inside of the triangles

6. After the paint has dried, use the sandpaper to sand away all pencil lines that aren’t covered by paint

7. Use a paintbrush to apply wood stain. Use a dry rag to wipe the stain off the painted triangles. Repeat this process for the remaining luan wood sheets

8. To begin installation, apply industrial-strength epoxy to the back of each luan wood sheet

9. Place the luan wood sheet on the front of the existing cabinet door. Secure the luan wood sheet with the hammer and finishing nails in all corners

10. With a tape measure, find the distance between the holes in the hardware

11. Use the measurement from step 10 to drill holes in the cabinet or closet doors. Confirm the right-size drill bit to use based on the size of the hardware screws 

12. Install the handles with the provided hardware screws

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