About Kitchen Cabinet RefurbishmentWhat 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 Refurbishment Guide for Live Oak Residents and BeyondBefore you jump head-first into the idea of kitchen cabinet makeover, 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. Then, do the following:
- Remove all the hardware. Using a drill-driver or screwdriver, unfasten the hinges from the cabinet doors — you might have to pull the hinges free with pliers. Next, unfasten the pulls. You can put the hardware into plastic cups if you are going to reuse them, or, into plastic bags if you’re replacing the hardware.
- Sand and prime the cabinets. To get a truly adhesive surface, you’ll need to sand the cabinets and the unattached doors, down to the wood, especially if the original color is dark. Then, prime the cabinets and doors, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Apply the veneer. Next, you can apply adhesive to the stiles and rails of the cabinets, the vertical and horizontal parts of the frame, and then apply the veneer. Thereafter, apply the adhesive and veneer to the doors.
- Let dry and reattach the pulls. Allow the adhesive to bond to the wood and veneer, then attach the pulls. You can then rehang the doors onto the frame to finish. If you want, purchase new hinges and use those to replace the old ones.