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Shaker door's outer frame too high/thick?

13 years ago


I ordered shaker style cabinet doors and when they arrived (they're not yet installed), I was sort of surprised to see that the outer frame of the door itself seemed incredibly thick (depth-wise). From googling, apparently this is referred to as the beveled outer frame being 90 degrees to create more of a shadow (as if this were a good thing).

My house is 1913 and I was trying to go for a more subtle, period-appropriate craftsman look as the lower cabinets once had. Our uppers are still original and while multi-paneled and intricately beveled around each panel (can't afford to duplicate!), none of their outer frames are so shadowy and boxy looking - so thick looking. Nor were they at any point in history. In fact from a distance they look relatively flat.

I guess I was expecting something a bit more like this flatter look:!

Instead, what I got was a lot like what you'll see from the link provided below here (though not from this particular website)...

My contractor looked at me kinda funny when I inquired about whether or not I could turn the doors inside-out and use the flatter side (inside!) of the doors! Have you ever heard of doing such a thing? The inside's more attractive, less steep looking to me! My lower cabinets will have traditional latches, and all of the room's cabinetry and trim will be painted that BM Fieldstone Gray color and then cream walls, in imitation of the designer Sally Wheat's kitchen. My original upper cabs can be seen in my home pics, here:

Thank you!

Here is a link that might be useful: Shaker door like the ones I received...

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