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Need help upgrading/rebuilding my bathroom cabinets

I'm looking to upgrade the look of my bathroom vanity. Instead of replacing it completely I thought I'd just swap the panels. So instead of the plastic-like white, I'd like it to be a nice walnut wood. Basically simple flat panels, like the existing ones. Question is, how? (I'm not experienced in this).

This is the cabinet:




Solid panels of walnut are expensive. Would the right way to do this be to use composite plywood? Like?:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Columbia...1765/203552991

If that would work, how to handle the edges? Some of that iron-on wood edging? That would be simple. Or, could I do solid wood edges, like:



Or (would this be difficult?):



With solid wood I could round the corner a bit, or cut a simple handle into it (or not). Could I do that with plywood?

Or perhaps there is a more cost effective solid wood that would look nice?

Any help or insight will be greatly appreciated.

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I think I would go to a cabinet door replacement company. If you want to do it yourself, then perhaps veneer or even faced ply or hardboard. with edging strip.

https://www.kitchenrestoration.co.uk...hoCHv0QAvD_BwE

This company in UK, bound to be several in US.

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I think I would probably search the Internet for walnut veneered MDF, it's easy to work with and cut (but make sure you wear a mask). Most places selling it will sell (or give) you some edging veneer too. With it being a bathroom, ask them if they can supply moisture-resistant MDF, I would also ask them if they can supply them cut to size and already edged.

Your existing cabinet looks like Ikea or similar, so the fixings no doubt use 5mm holes. Measure the hole positions and, drill them using a depth stop to match the existing holes, you should be able to re-use the drawer hardware, although you may want to change the handles.

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The big box plywood isn't the best. Get a good cabinet grade plywood at a lumber yard or hardwood/plywood supplier. You could attach solid wood edging with biscuits which would be quicker than the routing approach. You could round over the edges with a trim router.
Biscuiting is very easy to do and has a minimal learning curve. Alignment is foolproof.

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Thanks for the input guys!

I'll consider the MDF option, but I may just go with plywood. I'm still considering hardwood for the drawer panels and plywood for the box, but only if I think of another wood I like, walnut would be too expensive. And yes Grant, it's Ikea. That's my thinking, I should be able to follow the holes on the existing piece and use the same hardware. And no, I don't want those handles! I'm thinking of cutting into the wood for a natural handle. Something like:



I'll also replace the legs with some tapered wood legs.

As for the big box wood, I didn't realize it would be a problem. I'll check a good lumber yard and see what they have, it may be worth the extra expense, you're right. Not to mention, I'll get a better sense of things looking at the actual wood. Not sure about my options considering Covid and store hours, we'll see.

As I'm thinking about the wood type, I'm wondering if I could get away with plywood, without having to deal with the edging? If I soften the corners and finish the wood, seeing the plywood layers can be interesting? Like:



Of course it would be best to achieve a clean hardwood appearance. But with edging, I couldn't do the cut-out handles, would need to be either hardwood or plywood with no edging.

It may be best to purchase some cheap wood and practice, try some things out.

Thanks guys!
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Thanks for the input guys!

I'll consider the MDF option, but I may just go with plywood. I'm still considering hardwood for the drawer panels and plywood for the box, but only if I think of another wood I like, walnut would be too expensive. And yes Grant, it's Ikea. That's my thinking, I should be able to follow the holes on the existing piece and use the same hardware. And no, I don't want those handles! I'm thinking of cutting into the wood for a natural handle. Something like:



I'll also replace the legs with some tapered wood legs.

As for the big box wood, I didn't realize it would be a problem. I'll check a good lumber yard and see what they have, it may be worth the extra expense, you're right. Not to mention, I'll get a better sense of things looking at the actual wood. Not sure about my options considering Covid and store hours, we'll see.

As I'm thinking about the wood type, I'm wondering if I could get away with plywood, without having to deal with the edging? If I soften the corners and finish the wood, seeing the plywood layers can be interesting? Like:



Of course it would be best to achieve a clean hardwood appearance. But with edging, I couldn't do the cut-out handles, would need to be either hardwood or plywood with no edging.

It may be best to purchase some cheap wood and practice, try some things out.

Thanks guys!
That clean plywood edge you see is usually gotten with Baltic Birch plywood which is void free. A good cabinet grade plywood might give you that look but no guarantee that there won't be voids. You could do a cutout with a solid wood edge but it would take some work to do. You could also use iron/glue on edging to cover the plywood. Not sure how it will hold up in a high-use moisture prone area i.e. the bathroom.
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Not sure how it will hold up in a high-use moisture prone area i.e. the bathroom.
close proximity to the shower (pic 1 and 2) would indicate staying away from any wood product
or at least save the ikea fronts for a few years, as that may be all the longer wood lasts with shower spray
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