Fancying Up Your Dishwasher With Cabinet Fronts

published Jul 20, 2010
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Some of the expensive dishwashers have these great fronts that seem to blend into the rest of the cabinetry. While if you have the money, you can get yourself one of these, we found found that hacking your own dishwasher a lot cheaper, since the only things you need to buy are some cabinet fronts.

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You can use any kind of cabinet fronts that you like, but they need to match your current kitchen cabinets. Once you’ve chosen those, it’s time to start hacking! To start off with, you’ll need to remove the front panel of your dishwasher. This can be done quite easily thanks to the screws. Next, you’ll need to pre-drill the holes in the dishwasher to fit the cabinet fronts.

The cabinet fronts can be mounted using construction adhesive and screws. The best way to do this is to let the whole thing dry overnight. Make sure that the dishwasher door has the right amount of clearance off the board that’s under your appliance. You won’t see it unless you look for it. If there is a problem, you can use a jigsaw to cut out the area.

This project is pretty easy and can give your tired appliance a welcome makeover, especially if you don’t want to spend money on a new one to get that special look. You also need to make sure that the cabinet fronts fit flush on the dishwasher, so that there are no gaping holes. Any type of wood can be used, if the panel is of the right dimensions. This means that you aren’t limited by cabinet fronts, but they do make an interesting option since most people will either have a spare somewhere or they’ll be readily available for purchase.