Fixing Up Your Kitchen Cabinets
The appearance of your kitchen cabinets has a significant effect on the overall look of your kitchen’s décor. A great way to enhance old or dingy cabinets is to refurbish the surface and replace the hardware.
You can start the process by evaluating the current condition of your cabinet’s finish. Painted cabinets can receive a new coat of paint. There are two options for stained cabinets. You can retouch the stain to obtain a different shade or paint the cabinets. There is a wide array of cabinetry hardware that can complement your cabinets and kitchen décor. You can impart an art deco, contemporary or rustic ambiance with carefully selected cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. After you determine the changes that you want to make, you can establish a budget for your kitchen improvement project. These tips will help you save money by refurbishing your own cabinets.
Empty all the contents from your cabinets. Use a screwdriver to loosen the door hinges and remove the cabinet doors. Pull out all of the drawers. Remove all of the cabinetry hardware, including door hinges, drawer pulls and cabinet handles. Marking each drawer and door will make it easier to reinstall them when the makeover project is complete.
Use a soft cloth to wash the cabinet frames, all the doors and drawers with a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap. The dish washing detergent will help cut through any grease that has accumulated on the cabinets.
You need to remove damaged or peeling finish with a chemical stripper and a scraper before sanding the wood. If the finish is in good condition, lightly sand the doors, drawer fronts and cabinet frames. This will enable the new paint or stain to adhere to the surface. You should use a soft damp cloth to wipe away any sawdust.
Apply a light coat of primer and allow it to dry before adding a second coat. Once the primer is dry, paint the cabinets with a base color of your choice. If you elect to stain the cabinets, apply a thin coat of the stain and wipe off the excess liquid. Continue to apply additional coats until you achieve the look that you want. A coat of polyurethane will protect the finish. After the surface is dry, you can use a decorative stencil or freehand a sketch to add a motif to the center of the cabinet doors.
Use a screwdriver to reattach the doors to the cabinet. Make sure that you align the doors so they close properly. Install the new cabinetry knobs and drawer pulls. Your final step is to reinsert the drawers in their proper locations.
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