How to Reface Your Old Kitchen Cabinets?

Don’t forget that Preparation Is Key

Doing it outside? Check the whether! Doing it yourself? Check whether you have all needed instruments.

Step 1 – Remover Door and Drawers

Remove the cabinet doors and drawers, then use a screwdriver to take off the hinges and pulls. Put all of the hardware and screws in a small bucket to soak in soapy water while I started removing the layers of paint.

Step 2 – Strip the Paint

The easiest way to remove several layers of old paint is using paint remover  had on hand from refinishing a table.

There a new types available that are environmentally friendly, and they do a great job.

Step 3 – Apply the Finish

Apply the first coat to one of the doors and let it dry to see what result you will get. But don’t make a mistake! Don’t leave the door sitting upright to dry to prevent runs.
Lay the cabinet doors and drawers down flat.

For the facings, apply several very thin layers and let them dry in between and make certain you catch any drips immediately. When everything is done, it is time to concentrate on the hardware.

Step 4 – Clean the Hardware

All of the hardware had been sitting in soapy water for a day. To remove old paint from paint brushes, heat some vinegar on the stove and pour it over the hardware. Let it sit for about 30 minutes. Any paint that was left on the hardware will be wiped right off. After rinsing, polish] the hardware with lemon oil to give it a nice sheen, and to help protect it from kitchen grease. The hardware is ready to reattach.

Step 5 – Reassembly

All that is left is to hang the cabinet doors and insert the drawers.

It’s not always possible to get something right on the first try, and that’s okay.  Should you have a professional  hand with that  –  contact us!