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Guest Post Jason Phillips
Who doesn’t love their kitchen cabinets when they’re new? As much as we’d want them to remain in perfect condition for years, at some point the finish and paint will wear off. The good news is you don’t have to invest another $5,000 to buy new cabinets because you can always reface them. Refacing cabinets is a trending remodeling idea because it allows homeowners to give their kitchens a complete makeover.
Is that old beige making your space look dull and unappealing? No problem; we have a fresh coat of purple paint waiting to bring your kitchen back to life. Let’s get this party started!
Removing the hardware
Let’s start with removing the hardware from your cabinets. Grab a screwdriver (or a drill) and start taking out handles, knobs, pulls, and hinges. Afterwards, separate the cabinet pieces and place them apart from each other.
Cleaning and drying the cabinets
It’s time to clean and dry the cabinets. Put some rubber gloves on and use a solution based on trisodium phosphate and start rinsing the surface. Use a wrung-out sponge and after that process is done, let the cabinets dry for a couple of minutes. If you’ve considered installing new hardware with different screw holes, you might want to fill in the old ones with wood putty.
After the cabinets have been fully dried, it’s time to begin the sanding process. Use a sandpaper with a 150-200 grit, and when you’re done use a vacuum to get rid of the extra dust. If any residual dust has remained on the wood pieces, use a damp cloth to wipe it off. Use painter’s tape to cover the surfaces around your cabinet’s boxes and use drop clothes to cover and protect your floor.
Using the primer
Begin with a coat of primer (or sealer). If you’re using a different color than white for your cabinets, ask at the store for a primer in a similar shade with your paint. Thus, you won’t have to use more than one finish coat for the painting process.
The painting process
Start with painting the doors of your cabinets on one side only. Watch out for the edges (use a smaller brush); while one side stays to dry, start painting the faces of the drawers. Afterwards, you’re free to start painting the other side of your doors and edges.
It’s important to allow all surfaces to dry for about 24 hours. After that, begin the sanding process. Do it gently with 220-grit dry or wet sandpaper. Vacuum all surfaces when you’re done, and a cloth to wipe out the surface to make sure it’s clean. Now it’s time for a second coat of paint, however this is up to you to decide.
Replacing pulls, knobs, and hinges The best way to reface your kitchen cabinets and make them look new again is to replace the pulls and hinges. Painting the cabinets is important, but if you really make your pieces stand out, you have to replace the hardware. Items you need to get started:
·Tape measure drill
·Drawer pull jig (optional)
·Wood putty to fill the old holes
·New pulls, knobs, and hinges
The whole process shouldn’t take more than 1 hour, especially if you’re making use of your old holes. If you’re not an expert at refacing kitchen cabinets, use a jig. It’s a template that makes sure the holes you’re about to drill are evenly placed.
Now that you’ve got the steps, make sure your cabinets are paintable. Wood veneer, solid wood and metal cabinets welcome paint very well; melamine and laminates finishes are not that friendly with paint. Also, you are advised to invest in top-quality paint. Otherwise, it will start to peel in a few weeks and you certainly don’t want your revamped cabinets to look sloppy.
Opt for semi-gloss or satin paint, and try not to use a paintbrush for the entire surface because they leave visible, unpleasant marks that may bother you. The cleanest finish can be acquired with a spray gun, and yes it is an expensive tool. There’s no need to buy one though since you can always rent one for your project.
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