Cabinet refacing is one of the best ways to revamp your kitchen cabinets without investing in new cabinetry. It's amazing what a little love and attention can do. After reading our guide to refacing cabinets the right way, you'll be well on your way to having the kitchen of your dreams.
There are a couple different ways to transform your kitchen cabinets. Depending on what type of look you're going for, you can reface your kitchen cabinets with paint or stain. To begin your kitchen cabinet refacing project, clean your existing cabinets with a wood cleaner and warm water or antibacterial wipes. Thoroughly cleaning your cabinets can remove years of dirt, food splatter and sticky finger build-up that might interfere with new stain or paint. Next, remove cabinet doors and drawers you wish to refinish along with all hardware. The next step in this process is to sand the current stain or paint off your cabinetry. You don't need to get every nook and cranny of your cabinetry, but you do need to make sure your sanding is consistent. Don't forget those in-between areas that might show while drawers and cupboards are open! When painting your kitchen cabinetry, you will need at least one coat of primer and two coats of paint to get an even, professional looking paint job. When using a stain, wood cabinets do not need to be primed after being sanded. Just apply at least two coats of stain with a brush, sponge applicator or even an old sock. But remember to apply evenly! After you are happy with the thickness of the stain, apply a clear top coat to seal in your beautiful new cabinetry. After your cabinets are refaced and ready to reinstall in your kitchen, consider replacing your old hardware for a full transformation. You might not even recognize your old cabinets anymore! Sound like too much work? Not interested in refacing your cabinets yourself? Call Mr. Handyman. It'll be On Time. Done Right.® Mr. Handyman is here to help with all your in-home projects. For professional advice on cabinet refacing and installation, contact your local Mr. Handyman here.