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Attempting an 80's Kitchen Update

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I have read the other replies to the post "painting melamine kitchen cabinets" with great interest. I replied to this post as well but was afraid no one would sift through 3 pages of replies to get to my post, so I decided to start a new thread. Sorry for being redundant.

Anyway, I too am hoping to try my hand at updating my 80's melamine kitchen. I really love the looks of the cabinets acheived by those who responsed to "painting melamine kitchen cabinets". I got some great tips, Thanks!

However, before I dive into my own project, I have a few questions:

1) What is the best material to use for the accent trim on the cabinet face? MDF, oak, pine?
2) How do you attached the trim to the cabinet face, glue, tack nails or both?
3) If glue was used, what kind of glue?
4) My bottom set of cabinets have a combination of vertical cabinet doors and horizontal drawers. I was thinking of applying trim only to the top and bottom edges of the drawers, rather than creating a frame of trim on each drawer. I'm just not sure if this would look weird next to vertical cabinets with the full frame of trim? (see photo below)
5) Also not sure how to negotiate the trim on the bi-fold doors that house the lazy susans on either side of the stove (see photo)? I'm guessing a full frame on each panel of the bi-fold door would be most approriate, but I'm open to suggesions?
6) I have a very narrow set of vertical cabinets running along side the fridge (see photo). Any suggestions on what kind of trim layout would work best here?
7) Finally, any suggestions how to incorporate the trim motif to the open oak shelves above the stove?

Thanks, in advance for the advice and wish me lots of luck... I'm gonna need it! :o

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