Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets
Well it’s finally arrived. The time you dreaded when your wife decides that the kitchen’s looking a bit tired and worn. But before you start panicking and going to check the bank balance, check out your options. The most effective way of giving your kitchen a facelift is by changing the kitchen cabinets. But you don’t necessarily have to go the whole hog; why not consider refinishing kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them?
Providing you’re a reasonable DIY (do-it-yourself) person you’ll be surprised just how easy refinishing kitchen cabinets can be. But the biggest kick of all; its cheap!
Buying a whole new set of cabinets is always going to be an expensive exercise and will certainly deplete your bank balance. Another option is to replace the doors, but even that can be quite costly and you if you haven’t got much money in the bank, refinishing kitchen cabinets may well be the best, and the least expensive idea.
There are plenty of materials in your local DIY store that can make a great contribution to your project, and if you choose some new knobs and hinges, you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how much you’ll be able to change the look by simply refinishing kitchen cabinets and adding a couple of new accessories which are quite cheap in themselves.
To start refinishing kitchen cabinets that are already installed, you will need to do a bit of simple disassembly; taking off the doors, the hinges, and the drawer fronts. One little tip worth passing on is to number everything, but don’t forget to number both the doors and the cabinets from whence they came as well as the drawer fronts and their apertures.
You’re going to need either a garage with good working surface areas or a large spare room. Either must be well ventilated because you will be working with solvents which are an important part of refinishing kitchen cabinets, so a well aired environment is important
The first thing you need to do is to clean the old pieces before you can consider sanding them down. One of the best materials to use (and readily available from the DIY store) is trisodium phosphate (TSP). This will get rid of any dirt and/or grease, but you’ll need to allow them time to dry off before you go to the nest stage in your refurbishing kitchen cabinets project.
The next process is the sanding down. Always wise to wear a dust mask for this. Start with a medium grit sand paper, and gradually work your way down to a fine grit. For the final part of the preparation of refurbishing kitchen cabinets, use a de-glossing agent like Paso which again you can get from your DIY store.
Now you’re ready for the important stage of refurbishing kitchen cabinets; the staining or varnishing. Before you do this you must make sure that the atmosphere is reasonably dust free. There’s nothing more annoying than watching dust settle on your newly stained door and drawers. Always start with a soft clean brush and apply all of the stain in the same direction otherwise you’ll end up with a horrible criss-cross pattern. Allow 24 hours to dry.
For the final phase of refurbishing kitchen cabinets you need to rub them down with a very fine grade of sand paper before applying a lacquer or varnish. It is best to allow for 2 coats. Then once dry, fit the new hinges, doorknobs and drawer handles, simply reassemble, and job done. A set of new looking kitchen cabinets for a fraction of the price.