One Chick & Her DIY Kitchen


How to DIY Shaker Style

I’m going to show you how we can get this Shaker Style Kitchen….

I’m going to show you how we can get this Shaker Style Kitchen….

Earlier this year, I took a crummy, boring, old laminate cupboard, kitchen; restyled it on a ridiculously, small budget, and transformed it into a two tone, rustic, shaker style.

I’m going to be honest, when I began, I set the bar real low and worked with bravery rather than skill, and with the mindset that if it failed, the OH would have to dig deep and a new kitchen it would have to be. 

Maybe I was secretly wishing for the latter and so I tackled it with wild abandonment.

I decided early on, that if I was going to do it, I was going to try the whole caboodle, and so with a little bit of corner cutting, a lot of knowing no better, a whole bunch of rule breaking, and a little bit of pixie dust, ( this can be hard to come by, so for this project you need to have an awful lot of the other stuff), in just over two weeks, I pulled it off.

It actually turned out exactly how I had seen it in my head, and so feeling rather proud of myself, I posted it on my Instagram feed.  The response was overwhelming and the questions even more so.

As a result I promised to write a blog, but then as the days pass you think where will I start, and I procrastinated. 

I’m still getting messages to this day, and so for those of you that have been waiting, thank you for your patience, and for all of you, thank you for giving it so much love that I needed to write this.

I wish you the best of luck if this leaves you inspired enough to embark on your own project, and ask if you would be so kind as to pop me a tag, and credit me if you do.  I would love to see what you come up with.

From these old laminate kitchen doors

From these old laminate kitchen doors


I’ve never been afraid to paint something or ‘tart’ it up, so it didn’t seem a scary prospect to stick wood to my cupboard doors.  I was more afraid that if I simply painted them, they could look cheap.  I decided that if I added plywood squares to them it would give the doors depth and would produce the shaker style

My strips were about 7cms wide but you can obviously make them to suit the size of your own cupboard sizes

You could mitre your corners if you like to be more ‘flash’ but I looked at other cupboards in kitchen stores and not all of them seem to do it, so I went real easy on myself.  You want to make this journey as simple as possible

Stage 1

You will need

5 mm plywood cut into strips and sanded ( mine were 7cms wide)


Measure the length of your cupboards and cut your verticals strips first. That way you can then work out the lengths of your horizontal strips

EXAMPLE ONLY :-   cupboard = 50cm wide x 55cm high ( so here we have our obvious vertical strip length)


So now to work out our horizontal strip lengths

50 cm – 14 cms ( that’s 7cm x 2) = 36 cm in length

so …our verticals are 55cm and our horizontals are 36cm

These measurments are example only

These measurments are example only


Stage 2

Heres the shocker…. Just stick em with glue !

Stick your two vertical lengths then slide in your two horizontals.. easy peasy

I used a combo of  Gorrilla Glue and No More Nails, but you could use any wood glue.

I found the best way to get your sticking done was to take as many doors as you have room for and lie them on the floor.  I then literally had to find anything and everything in the house to weight them down until dry.   I recommend that you glue all the verticals first and then add horizontals when dry.

You will need to get yourself a bunch of vice grips to hold any areas that are being a bit difficult to hold and you will need to keep an eye on the whole shebang because you get serious serial unsticking

Once dry and stuck, tidy up any gaps with decorators caulk, but really only cover gaps that really need it.


Stage 3

Get your doors back on and prime with 2 healthy coats of a good primer, letting your first coat dry sufficiently before applying the second.

I used Zinsser because it is a Primer, Sealer, and Stain Killer all in one and gives good solid coverage.

Stage 4

Once dry, paint all doors with two healthy coats of your cupboard paint, letting your first coat dry sufficiently before adding the next.

I opted for a two tone kitchen because although I wanted a white kitchen, there’s an awful lot of traffic that goes through it and I do a lot of heavy wood work in there, so it takes a lot of knocks.

Valspar paint is an absolute dream to work with. With over 2000 colours to choose from you are good to go, but can also colour match if you take in a sample of what you need. This is stocked at B & Q and they have THE most amazingly helpful staff on the paint department so make use of them

So there it is.  It’s been done since March and up to now its still looking real good.  I simply wipe it down with cloth that’s been in fairy liquid but not too many bubbles, and buff with an old tee shirt

I hope it was clear enough for you all to understand and that you have seen that with a little determination that is it a relatively easy project.

Keep and eye on my blog because next time I’m back with how to create a chunky, rustic modern, kitchen counter top, and paint your tiles like I did

Don’t be afraid to ask any questions and please leave me some feedback if you have time.

Don’t forget ! If you take a shot at this, please tag me in, I would love to see how it works out and if you could credit me that would be fabulous !