How to Reface Kitchen Cabinets: DIY Tips

If you are a homeowner and you have a quirky sense of fashion, your house might be one victim of your quirkiness by having it remodeled, repainted, and furnished. It’s not impossible though.  After all, it’s your home and what better way to say that it’s yours than reshaping everything based on your personality.

If you are a foodie, a chef, or just someone who likes to have a house as ravishing as possible to the eyes of visitors coming in, especially in the kitchen area, having a great looking kitchen is important because you become more inspired on what you are going to cook. Also, having an inspiring kitchen space can actually improve the meal you will prepare for your family.

One of the biggest and most important parts of your kitchen is your kitchen cabinets. When kitchen remodeling, there is no way that kitchen cabinet would be out of the picture. As we all know, cabinets are used for storing food, kitchen equipment, and other materials that we need for cooking. Spacious and durable wood is essential in having a kitchen cabinet.

When deciding for cabinets, make sure that they can withstand the everyday wear and tear in the kitchen. Once you are tired of its design, replacing cabinets involve demolishing. However, there is a process today called cabinet refacing that would save your cabinets from getting destroyed and replaced just to look fresh and updated.

Cabinet refacing is the process of replacing the cabinet doors, hinges, and drawer fronts and applying a new veneer without removing the cabinet body. In refacing your cabinets, there are ways and tips on how you can reface your cabinets yourself. Who would have thought that cabinet refurbishing can be done D-I-Y? Here are a few tips on how you could step up your cabinet looks.

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1. Clear the cabinet and put the everything away– Of course, how could you remodel your cabinets if there are unnecessary items that are inside? Have a separate container that could be used as a temporary storage item for kitchen utensils, condiments, and everything that you have on your cabinet. Secure them by placing them in a different room. If you have kids, kindly tell them not to meddle with kitchen equipment. Return the items on the cabinets once the refacing is finished.

2. Remove cabinet doors and fronts– First, unhinge the doors from the cabinet using an electric drill. If you plan to keep the hinges and use them again, make sure that you have a little container for those so they would not get lost. However, the best option is to purchase new screws since they don’t cost that much.

3. Sand the cabinets– Once you have removed the cabinet doors, the next step is to sand them with sandpaper. Use 150-grit sandpaper when scuffing the surface of the cabinet. Sanding the cabinets will ensure that the self-adhesive covering will stick efficiently on the cabinet later when you are about to apply them on the cabinet surface.

4. Clean the cabinets– After sanding, remove the dust from your cabinet using a tack cloth. Mix dishwashing liquid with water and drench the tack cloth in the solution, do not make the tack cloth soaking wet. Rinse with a damp rag and let it dry. To remove the wax from the cabinet, apply ammonia to the cabinet surface.

5. Attach the cut-to-size plywood to the cabinet- Apply wood glue to the plywood that you will attach to the cabinet later. Once applied, attach the plywood to the cabinet. To strengthen its hold, use nails to the cabinet.

6. repeat steps 3 and 4 to the edges of the cabinet.

7. Apply self-adhesive veneer– First, cut the self-adhesive veneer using sharp scissors. Make sure that you cut the veneer ½ inch wider and 2 inches longer that the cabinet length and width. Cut veneer or laminate to length to fit inside edge of stile. Then, peel the top of the strip you cut. Press the peeled area to attach the veneer. Repeat this to other stiles of the cabinet.

8. Trim the veneer– Cut the overlapping veneer on the stiles and rails. Make sure that they are cut exactly. Be careful or else; you might cut your fingers.

9. Use a smoothing blade- with a veneer smoothing blade, scrape the veneer. Scrape it in one direction and scrape the stiles and rails of the cabinet.

10. Install door hinges– You can also apply veneer, laminate, or paint on the cabinet door. Re-install the door hinges by screwing it to the cabinet.

On average, veneers can cost from $1000 to $6,000 depending if it’s laminate or wood veneers on a typical 10 x 12 kitchen. The same process goes for cabinet drawers. After refacing the veneer, make sure that you put back the utensils and food that you have stored on the kitchen cabinets.

See? Refacing kitchen cabinets is not that hard. If you ever think of changing the kitchen, you can start with this. At least, it’s a step away to having that kitchen makeover you wish.


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