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Install Doors and Add Finishing Touches to an Outdoor Cabinet

Install the cabinet doors to an outdoor kitchen unit and add a few finishing touches.

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    $500 - $1,000

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Step 1: Install Cabinet Door Frames

In keeping with the look of the stainless steel countertop, sink and appliances, we installed stainless-steel cabinet doors on the fronts of the cabinets. We began by installing the cabinet-door frames in the cabinet openings. These pre-fabricated frames have hinge-brackets built in. They also have pre-drilled holes, so they are easily secured to the cabinet using 2" decking screws.

Install cabinet door frames in cabinet openings

Courtesy of Lucie Rowe

Step 2: Insert Cabinet Doors

Once the metal frames are in place, insert the stainless-steel doors into the hinges in the frame (Image 1). Once the doors are all hung, remove the plastic coating that protected the surface during shipping (Image 2).

Step 3: Meet Code

Code requires that the outdoor-kitchen grill and burner be installed and attached by a licensed technician. Installation is simplified by the fact that holes of the proper size and dimension have been pre-cut to accommodate these appliances. The grill features stainless-steel burners, a central grease-trap, a container for wood-chips (used for smoking) (Image 1). Completing the grill installation are stainless steel grates over the grill and porcelain rods that dissipate heat evenly for an even temperature across the grill (Image 2).

Step 4: Install Fridge

The last appliance to install is the under-counter refrigerator. The counter unit was designed so that the refrigerator could be easily pushed into place or removed during winter months.

undercounter refrigerator last appliance installed

Courtesy of Lucie Rowe