About Kitchen Cabinet RefacingWhat you should know about kitchen cabinet refacing is that it’s not always a viable option. There are certain materials which just aren’t conducive to such a transformation. For instance, some types of wood don’t respond well to different types of paint color. Of course, it the cabinets aren’t made of wood, you’ll likely be unable to reface them.
Refacing your kitchen cabinets includes covering the exposed frames with a thin veneer of real wood or plastic laminate. Doors and drawer fronts are replaced to match or complement the new veneer. New hinges, knobs, pulls, and molding complete the transformation. —House Logic.comBut, you can also replace veneer or plastic laminate. However, these two require experience and the right equipment. So, if either of these are in your kitchen, you’re farther ahead to just switch them out. But, if the cabinets are wood, you can give them a new lease on life without much of a fuss.
Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Guide for Tampa HomeownersBefore you jump head-first into the idea of kitchen cabinet refacing, you’ll need drill-driver or screwdriver, pliers, plastic cups, eye protection, dust mask, paint drop cloths, sandpaper, primer, paint, roller or spray gun, and scrap wood. Plus, you’ll also need new hardware, such as hinges and pulls. Then, do the following:
- Remove the hardware. Start by taking the hardware off the kitchen cabinets. This will allow you to remove the doors and then take the shells from their locations. Be sure to exercise caution when taking the cabinet shells down to avoid injury to yourself and prevent damage to the countertop and/or floor.
- Sand and prime the wood. Next, you’ll sand down the cabinets and the doors to remove the old paint. Once sanded, you can then apply a primer, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Brush on a coat of fresh paint. Once the primer dries, it’s time to add the first coat of paint. Allow it to dry, then add another coat of paint. Once it’s dry, add a third coat of paint, if necessary.
- Replace the hardware and rehang. To finish, you simply need to replace the hardware (the hinges and pulls) and then rehang the cabinets to enjoy a brand new kitchen space.