Are you tired of your outdated kitchen cabinets but don’t have the budget for a complete remodel? Refinishing your cabinets can give them a whole new look at a fraction of the cost of new cabinets. Follow our step-by-step guide below to refinish your kitchen cabinets and transform your kitchen.
Step 1: Remove All Hardware
Start by unscrewing all hardware, including hinges, knobs, and pulls. Keep them together in a bag or container so they don’t get lost.
Step 2: Strip the Finish
Apply gel stripper with a paintbrush to one or two cabinet/door sets at a time. Wait for the gel to loosen the old finish before using a scraper to remove it. Work carefully to avoid damaging the wood underneath.
Step 3: Sand the Cabinets
Once you’ve removed the old finish, sand the cabinets to smooth out any rough spots and prepare the wood for painting or staining. Start with rough sandpaper (80- to 100-grit) and work your way up to fine sandpaper (220-grit).
Step 4: Paint or Stain the Cabinets
Choose a paint or stain that suits your style and apply it to the cabinets. Use a paintbrush or roller to apply the paint or stain evenly, working in the direction of the grain. Let the first coat dry completely before applying a second coat.
Step 5: Seal the Cabinets
Once the paint or stain has dried, apply a clear coat of polyurethane to protect the cabinets from wear and tear. Apply the clear coat in thin, even layers and let it dry completely between coats.
Q: How long does it take to refinish kitchen cabinets?
A: Refinishing your kitchen cabinets can take up to three or four weekends, so be prepared to devote a lot of time and elbow grease to the project.
Q: Do I need special tools to refinish my cabinets?
A: Yes, you’ll need a variety of tools, including a screwdriver, belt sander, clamps, cordless drill, drill bit set, dust mask, handsaw, hot melt glue gun, miter saw, paint scraper, paintbrush, putty knife, safety glasses, and sanding block.
Refinishing your kitchen cabinets is a major undertaking, but it can be a rewarding DIY project that saves you money and transforms your kitchen.
However, it might be best to hire a professional cabinet refinishing company. Cabinet Refinishing North Bay offers professional services for kitchens and residential customers.
Contact us for a free quote today.