Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

Do you have handyman in your family, or are you ready to assume the role? When you think that it’s the kitchen you should start with, and the specific project demanding your immediate attention is refinishing kitchen cabinets, then buckle up make time for the refurbishment.

Do-it-yourself refinishing entails time and some materials, but after you’re done, you can marvel at how new your once shabby-looking and overused kitchen cabinets can look. Just make sure that you set aside time as doing a refinishing job may take a while. Choose a well-ventilated area to do the job.

Some people go about with the refinishing job by removing the cabinet door first. When you do this, mark the spots where the components go so that it will be easy to reassemble the cabinet door.

If the cabinet is situated atop counter tops or furniture, move the furniture first or put a protective covering on countertops and even the floor before doing the cleaning paint job.

Next comes the cleaning part. Cleanse off residue from accumulated cooking oil and other grime using a soft cloth with some household cleaner or mineral spirits. Try to eradicate traces of dust, oil and other residue. They may cling on as they’ve accumulated on your kitchen cabinet over the years, but do your best to clean them, as paint will not be sticking to unclean, oily surfaces.

The cabinet surfaces will then have to be sanded using sandpaper. The sandpaper and other material for painting and staining your kitchen cabinet can be bought from a home improvement or hardware store. Your goal in sanding is to smoothen the outer surface. Follow a long stroke technique and move in the direction of the grain – to prevent scratching. By this time, there will be plenty of dust from the sanding, so clean with a rag.

The next step is to use an acrylic primer or undercoater to seal cracks and uneven or imperfect spots. You may then move to the painting stage. A couple of paint coats are ideal. Start painting the panel components, before moving to the flatter surfaces. Apply the first coat of paint smoothly and evenly. Remember to let the paint on the cabinet face and also on the door dry between coats. When the refinishing is completed, allot about 24 hours for the cabinet to dry before putting it to use.

If you’re unsure or uneasy about doing a great refinishing/painting job, you may inquire from a professional or the hardware store men about some techniques like how not to introduce air bubbles into the paint which may produce an unsightly effect. The other option is to get a hired hand who has done similar painting/refinishing jobs before.

A do-it-yourself-job may have setbacks, especially if you have not done something like refinishing kitchen cabinets before. Substandard work and messy mistakes can waste both time and money. Then again, if you study all the steps first and think you can pull off the job, then you should set aside time and the right materials to carry out the task.