Old cabinets can really drag down the appearance of your kitchen. Cabinet replacement can be very expensive, but refurbishment is much more affordable. Cabinet refurbishment can be done as a DIY activity or with help from a contractor. If you’re thinking about refurbishing your cabinets, there are many things to know about the process. These tips can help.
Pick a Stain or Color
The stain or color of the cabinets can have a big effect on the appearance of the kitchen. Darker kitchens benefit from lighter colors, while lighter kitchens benefit from darker colors.
Before the homeowner settles on the stain or paint color, it’s important to apply samples to a piece of cardboard or wood. Viewing the samples in different lights and at different times of day can help the homeowner get a sense for how the stain or paint truly looks.
Prep the Surface
Before the cabinets can be stained or painted, gouges in the cabinets must be filled with wood filler, and the old sealer must be removed. This process can take as long (or even longer) than the actual painting process.
All doors and drawers must be removed, and the hardware put in a separate location. Ideally, the hardware should be placed in sandwich bags and labels should be applied so the hardware can be matched to the doors and drawers where they were originally placed.
Doors and drawers must be put back in their original location after the painting is finished. The easiest way to make this happen is to draw a map of the kitchen, number all cabinets and drawers on the map, and write numbers on the doors and drawers themselves. When it’s time to put the doors and drawers back in their place, the map will make this possible.
Apply Multiple Coats
When the time comes to paint or stain the cabinets, it’s generally best to apply multiple coats. Applying multiple coats helps ensure that the paint or stain will be enduring and durable. When applying stain, the cabinets must be properly sealed. Kitchen cabinets must be fairly waterproof in order to withstand the moisture of a kitchen. Using polyurethane can help ensure the finish will be durable and long-lasting.
Or Work with a Licensed Contractor
Homeowners who aren’t willing or able to refurbish their cabinets themselves can instead get help from a licensed contractor. When choosing a contractor, it’s important to select a professional with experience. Working with a capable professional can help ensure that the project will be a success while adding value to the home.