Remodeling your home can be pretty expensive but no owner wants to cut corners during renovations; this could ultimately result in your home becoming unsafe and thus lose value as well. As such, if you do want to save money during the remodeling process or just want to give your kitchen a face lift then used kitchen cabinetry may well be one of your best options.
Your Used Cabinetry Options
There are two options for making the most of used kitchen cabinetry. You can either use your own kitchen cabinets and just make them look a little different to fit in with your new wants, needs and designs, or you could purchase used kitchen cabinetry from elsewhere that had previously been used. A good example of this is the cabinetry that has been used in showrooms or show homes that needs a good home after it has served its purpose.
If this is the kind of used kitchen cabinetry that you are looking for, then you will most likely be able to find cabinets that will fit into your new kitchen without much rework. In this case, all you will need to do is make sure that the measurements are completed accurately so you know that your new cabinets will fit into your home with little effort.
However, the most common form of used kitchen cabinetry that is utilized in a newly remodeled kitchen is the very same cabinets that furnished the kitchen prior to renovations! This is a quick and easy way to save money and yet be able to place apparently new cupboards into your brand new kitchen. If you have decided to do this then you can follow the steps below to achieve the finish that you want.
Refinishing Used Cabinetry
The steps that you will need to take to give your used kitchen cabinetry a whole new finish are as follows:
1. Strip The Cabinets Down – Depending on the initial finish of the cabinets, you can either use a steam paint stripper or sandpaper. A basic varnish finish should be treated using the latter and a painted finish would need the former. However, you should always give the cabinet a once over with the sandpaper after stripping the paint off as well to make sure that the surface is at its optimum for the makeover.
2. Prepare – Make sure that all of the previous finish is completely removed before moving on this stage. Sand it with a fine sandpaper to prepare the surface. It should be smooth and even. You may even want to use a product like grain filler if your cabinets are made on a hardwood, like oak for example. This will help to flatten and smooth the surface following fine sanding.
3. Detailing – You can either add extra detail here if you are skilled with tools and wood carving, or you could simply finish it! There are companies that will carve your own pattern designs into the wood for you. However, if you want to complete the job yourself with no extra detailing then you will need to stain the wood next. You can apply it with a cloth or a brush and should apply two coats around five hours apart to give the first coat a chance to dry.
4. Paint Your Cabinets – Wait 24 hours after the final coat of varnish has been applied and then paint or stain the cabinets using the directions on the paint can as a guide. You will probably have to apply two or three coats several hours apart, and then allow the final coat to dry thoroughly before mounting the cabinets on the wall. You can then enjoy your used kitchen cabinetry and enjoy the effect it has on your kitchen.
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