Do It Yourself Cabinet Refinishing

Restore your cabinets at a fraction of the cost of having them done by professional cabinet resurface contractors with do it yourself cabinet refinishing. Let's take a look at this step-by-step method of getting your kitchen cabinets in tip-top shape without breaking the bank in the process!

The first step to restore your cabinets involves getting them as clean as possible. This makes applying new finishes much more successful and professional looking. New paint adheres much better to a dirt-free surface and this helps prevent future bubbling, cracking, and peeling.

Remove cabinet doors, marking them on the back with masking tape so you can later determine where each door goes. Cover floors, counters, and appliances with drop cloths. You'll be making a mess with cleaners and water, so make clean-up that much easier by getting the mess mostly on the drop cloths that you can then simply remove and dispose of afterward.

Use cleaner according to package directions and allow yourself a good full day filled with plenty of old-fashioned elbow grease to get the cabinets and doors as clean as possible. This includes taking off all hardware, soaking it in hot, soapy water, and using a small brush to clean hard-to-get-to areas.

For your new finish, a good rule of thumb - unless you're terribly industrious - is to go with paint if your cabinets are already painted. If they're stained, then sand and re-stain them with a nice, fresh coat of your favorite wood hue.

Of course, if your cabinets are already stained and you want to go with paint, that works, too. The hardest selection is to stain painted cabinet. That means stripping, which at best is an arduous, time-consuming task.

After preparing with sanding and/or stripping, apply the paint or stain according to directions and allow to dry. With stain, you will want to add a coat of lacquer or polyurethane as a final finish.

To really dress up your cabinets, try adding moulding. French moulding added to the front of cabinet doors adds greatly to the appearance of cabinets and costs little compared to buying new doors or what you'd pay cabinet resurface contractors. Replacing cabinet hardware also makes a big difference.

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