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Revamp Your Kitchen on a Budget: How to Reface Your Cabinets

Updated: Mar 1

Refacing cabinets is an excellent way to update the look of your kitchen without undergoing a complete renovation. This process involves replacing the cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware while leaving the cabinet boxes intact. It's a cost-effective and efficient way to give your kitchen a fresh new look. Here's how to reface your cabinets:

  • Plan the project: Before you start, you need to plan the project. Decide on the type of refacing you want to do, such as painting or staining the existing cabinet boxes or replacing the doors and drawer fronts. You should also decide on the style and color of the new cabinet doors and hardware you want to use.

  • Measure and order materials: Once you've decided on the type of refacing you want to do, you need to measure the existing cabinets accurately. You'll need to order new doors and drawer fronts to fit the dimensions of your existing cabinets. You'll also need to purchase new hardware, such as knobs and handles, to match the new doors.

  • Remove the old cabinet doors and hardware: The next step is to remove the old cabinet doors and hardware. This involves removing the hinges and handles from the doors and then unscrewing the doors from the cabinet boxes. You can use a drill or screwdriver for this.

  • Prep the cabinet boxes: Before you can install the new cabinet doors, you'll need to prep the cabinet boxes. This involves cleaning the surfaces and sanding them lightly to create a rough surface for the new veneer or paint to adhere to. Make sure to wipe away any dust or debris before applying the new veneer or paint.

Veneering an old cabinet is a great way to give it a fresh, new look without having to replace it entirely. Veneer is a thin layer of wood that is applied to the cabinet's surface to give it the appearance of solid wood. Here are the steps to apply veneer to an old cabinet:

  1. Gather materials You'll need a few tools and materials to apply veneer to your old cabinet, including veneer sheets, contact cement, a veneer roller, a utility knife, a straight edge, a sanding block, and a pencil.

  2. Prepare the cabinet Remove all hardware, such as handles and hinges, from the cabinet. Clean the cabinet's surface thoroughly to remove any dirt, grease, or other debris that might interfere with the adhesion of the veneer. Sand the surface of the cabinet lightly to ensure that it's smooth and free of any bumps or scratches.

  3. Measure and cut the veneer Measure the surface of the cabinet where you'll apply the veneer. Cut the veneer sheets to size using a utility knife and a straight edge. It's a good idea to cut the veneer sheets slightly larger than the cabinet's surface to allow for trimming later.

  4. Apply the contact cement Apply a layer of contact cement to the cabinet's surface and the back of the veneer sheets using a brush or a roller. Make sure that you apply the contact cement evenly and in a thin layer.

  5. Place the veneer sheets Place the veneer sheets onto the cabinet's surface, aligning them carefully. Use a veneer roller to press down firmly on the veneer sheets, ensuring that they adhere to the cabinet's surface.

  6. Trim the veneer Once the veneer is firmly attached to the cabinet's surface, use a sharp utility knife and a straight edge to trim off the excess veneer along the edges of the cabinet.

  7. Sand and finish the veneer Use a sanding block to sand the veneer lightly to remove any rough spots or excess cement. Finish the veneer with a stain or a clear coat of polyurethane to protect it and give it a polished, finished look.

  • Install the new cabinet doors and hardware: Once the cabinet boxes are prepped, you can install the new cabinet doors and hardware. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully for installation. If you're installing new hardware, you may need to drill new holes to match the new hardware's placement.

  • Finish the project: After the new doors and hardware are installed, you can finish the project. This involves touching up any areas where the paint or veneer may have chipped or scratched during installation. You can also install new trim or molding to complete the look.

Reface your cabinets today! Refacing your cabinets is an excellent way to update the look of your kitchen without spending a lot of money. It's a simple project that you can do yourself with a little bit of planning and some basic tools. Follow these steps to reface your cabinets and give your kitchen a fresh new look.

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