Refinishing cabinets can save homeowners a lot of money during a redesign. By doing the cabinets yourself, you can create the custom look you desired without dropping loads of cash. Plus, the process of refurbishing is quick and easy.
Label The Doors
To avoid future confusion, label which door belongs with which cabinet by assigning numbers. Rip off a piece of tape and write the number with a permanent marker. Door one belongs with cabinet one and vice-versa.
Fill Holes with Wood Putty
This step is optional depending on whether or not you are planning on using the original hardware. If you decide to buy new hardware, fill the original holes with wood putty.
Sand The Wood
Begin by lightly sanding the wood surface to remove any remaining sheen.
Prime Coat The Cabinets
Invest in a quality primer for this project. If you are using a darker paint on your cabinets, buy a tinted primer. If you are painting a lighter color on the cabinets, you will apply fewer coats of paint and primer.
Rent an HVLP Paint Sprayer (Optional)
HVLP paint sprayers can be rented at your local home improvement stores and help with the overall quality and professional look of your cabinets. This sprayer helps avoid streak marks caused by an unsteady hand.
Use a Jig
Mark with a jig where you want your new hardware to be on the cabinet.
You will need to match the doors with the numbers from before, and we are in business.
Basic touch-ups can be done after installation.
By now, you should have decided whether or not you want to use your previous hardware or new hardware. New hardware allows you to add your personal touch to the piece. Consider playing around with different sizes and shapes to add character.
Protect with Felt Door Dampers
These help to protect the doors from everyday use. We encourage you to place them on to protect your recently refurbished cabinets.
Revamping your cabinets will add character to the room. Whether you are restoring the kitchen or the bathroom, it is an inexpensive but charismatic look for all budgets.
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