The cost of a kitchen remodel is often very expensive. Creative homeowners will often find ways to save some of their remodel budget and complete one or two projects on their own. A good DIY project in a kitchen remodel is to refinish kitchen cabinets.
The cost of new kitchen cabinets adds up fast. Even more so if you decide to purchase custom-made cabinets for your home. The good news is that refinished cabinets add new style to your home for much cheaper.
Here is how to refinish kitchen cabinets:
The first step in the project is to remove the hardware from the cabinets. You should just need a screwdriver for this step. If you are going to reuse the hardware, store the pieces somewhere you won’t lose them. Otherwise, if you intend to purchase new hardware, you can throw out the older pieces.
You should thoroughly wash each cabinet box you want to refinish and fill the old screw holes with wood putty if you won’t be using the old hardware again.
Once the cabinets are dry from washing them, you should sand them with 150-grit sandpaper and remove residual dust with a cloth or a handheld vacuum.
Then start with a coat of primer or sealer on the cabinets. The new color in style is white for the farmhouse look but you can also choose a wood stain for your refinished cabinets. You will probably need one coat of primer and two coats of the finishing paint for the best results.
First paint one side of the doors and drawers and edges and let it dry. Then flip the door over to the other side and repeat the process. Do this for all of the doors and drawers you want to refinish. Let the pieces dry overnight.
The next day, sand the surfaces with 220-grit sandpaper and remove the loose dust and debris from the doors.
Now measure the holes for the new hardware and drill pilot holes into those locations on the doors and the cabinet boxes. Then you will need to install the new hinges you bought from the hardware store. You will need a drill for this part of the project.
Then the last step is to reattach the doors by screwing each door into the new hinges using either a screwdriver or drill.
Your cabinets should look brand new with a fresh coat of paint or stain to match the new style of your kitchen remodel