Through time, your kitchen cabinets will get stained and will appear worn-out. There will be discoloration and imperfections on the surface, which will lessen the aesthetic beauty of the kitchen. The good news is that with only a few bucks to spend and minimal effort to spare, you can bring them back to life. No need to purchase a new set of cabinets.
In the rest of this post, I will let you know how to refinish kitchen cabinets. It might seem like an intimidating task at first, but once you know the steps and you have the materials ready, it will be a straightforward job. You will surely feel rewarded and happy once you can finally see the fruit of your labor.
What You Will Need to Follow this Tutorial
Before you start with the task, the following are the materials that you need to prepare:
● Masking tape
● Sanding tool
● Soap and water
● Filler primer
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets
Once you have gathered the required materials, here are the steps that you have to follow:
Clean the Area
The first thing that you need to do is to get rid of anything that can obstruct in the work area. Empty the cabinets both inside and from the top. It will be easier for you to refinish if there is nothing in it.
Remove the Cabinets
Once it is clean, the next thing that you should do is to remove the doors. In most cases, you will need to use a screwdriver to remove the hinges and the door.
If you need to work on multiple cabinet doors, the good idea is to use tape and markers to label which door is in which position. Later on, when it is time to have the doors reassembled, it will be easier for you to determine where each piece is positioned.
Clean the Cabinets
After removing the doors, the next step will involve cleaning. You will need some elbow grease here, especially if the dirt and stain have already grown thick. The approaches to cleaning will vary depending on the main material of the kitchen cabinet.
One of the most important steps would be sanding. This will help in the removal of old paint on the surface and will smoothen the surface. To make your life a lot easier, you can use tools like a palm sander so that you do not have to do the job manually. For faster and more aggressive removal, meanwhile, a belt sander is handy. On the other hand, for bigger pieces of wood, a benchtop sander offers the perfect solution.
The short video below shows how to sand a cabinet with the use of a palm sander:
When sanding, you need to take your time. You should sand with enough pressure and in a consistent direction. Make sure as well that you are using the right sandpaper.
After sanding, use a clean cloth to wipe the surface, which will help remove dirt or dust that may have remained in the cabinet.
Clean the Hardware
Once you are done with the cabinets, the hardware should be next. Soak it in soapy water for about half an hour. Use a toothbrush to get rid of dirt on the surface. Let it dry while you are doing the next steps. If the hardware is too old and can no longer be saved, a better idea is to have them replaced with new ones.
Fill the Holes
Most of the time, because the cabinet is already too old, it is inevitable that there will be holes, grains, and imperfections. An excellent way to get rid of them is through the application of a filler, which will provide a permanent cover. After applying the filler, sand them again so that the surface will be smooth.
Start with Priming
Now that the cabinet is clean and the holes have been filled, the next part is priming. This is an important step if you will paint the cabinets later on. The primer will help the paint to bond on the surface. The primer must be appropriate with the paint that you will be using.
Paint the Cabinets
Start painting the cabinets. This is an important step, and this is where you need to be creative. Choose a color that will match the overall look of the kitchen that you would want to achieve. Use a high-quality brush and paint in a consistent direction so that the final look will be more coherent.
Assemble the Cabinets
After painting, it is now time to bring back the cabinets in their original position and admire your work of art!
Aside from following the steps that have been mentioned above, you can also complete the refinishing task by following the tips that will be mentioned below:
● Aside from sanding, to create a more beautiful look, you might also want to create fancy edges. This can be done with the use of a wood router. It is a great tool for decorative molding and cabinetry, especially for making curved contours and hollow edges.
● Using a pre-stain wood conditioner can also be a good idea. This will help in minimizing the irregularities in the wood pores. They improve the absorption of the paint or stain that you will apply later on.
● If you are using stain on your wood, it will be good to test it first in a small portion of wood so that you can see how it would look like.
● For a smoother finish, dust needs to be eliminated. Before you paint, use a vacuum to get rid of dust that could be stuck on the surface.
At this point, I hope that you have already learned how to refinish kitchen cabinets. This is an excellent way to save money by reviving old cabinets instead of spending for a new replacement. With a little effort and patience to spare, this is an easy job that will be easy for almost anyone to accomplish.