Updating cabinet door

13 Nov

There's a missing element in most American kitchens, and it's not a ,500 range or a 4-acre refrigerator. The hidden fixtures of undercabinet task lighting, which are fairly easy to retrofit beneath upper wall cabinets, bathe the countertop in bright white light—a boon for everything from dicing veggies to reading recipes.

Connect the fixtures to a dimmer switch, and you also have the key to dramatic accent lighting or a night light for midnight snackers.

And in most cases, they'll even cut the plywood to your dimensions.

If you've never attempted a woodworking project as seemingly complex as this one, don't worry.

Master Carpenter Norm Abram created a simplified, straightforward design that can be easily constructed with ordinary tools.

For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Install a Pull-Out Cabinet Shelf.

You can bring this classic aesthetic to your kitchen by constructing a prep island from easy-to-buy materials or choosing one of the dozens of styles available through retailers and furniture makers.

What you don't need is a whole lot of money, as the transformation will cost you a fraction of even the cheapest new cabinets.

And that's news that should sure light up your day.

"Today, manufacturers assemble them faster and more economically than we can." The goal is to take this collection of boxes and bring them together to make a beautiful piece of built-in furniture.

The basic installation sequence is straightforward: You want to get everything straight, plumb, and level. For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Hang Kitchen Cabinets.