One Way to Skin A Cabinet by Marylee MacDonald Step 1. The existing plywood wall cabinets are extended up the ceiling with plywood sides and a pine face-frame. How to put a pretty new hardwood face on plain old cabinets-and make them taller, too. Step 2. After measuring the cabinets, we cut the pre-finished oak veneer, big pieces first. The goal in this project was to upgrade a 1950s kitchen without spending a lot of money and without disrupting the lives of the tenants living in the apartment. In addition, we wanted the kitchen remodel to fit in with the original style of the turn-of-the-century home. Oak cabinets with raised-panel doors