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Transform Your Kitchen Cabinets To Like New On A Budget

Updated on June 27, 2013
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Make Your Old Cabinets Look New

Replacing your old kitchen cabinets

It can be very expensive. Why not do it yourself? If you can sand, paint, and use a screwdriver, then you can do this job. First, gather all your tools and materials, then remove all the doors and drawer fronts and the cabinet hardware. Next, using a sponge sander with very fine sandpaper, lightly sand all cabinet surfaces. Take your time, and be very careful.

Resurfacing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Step By Step

Next, clean all cabinet surfaces with laquer thinner. Some cabinets, especially older ones, may take three or more times. When the cabinets are clean to your satisfaction, you are ready for the next step, priming the wood surface.

To prime the wood, use a primer that bonds with and fills the wood surface. With this step, make sure the room that you are working in is well ventilated, if possible, prime the doors and drawer fronts outside. Let the cabinets dry for 48 hours.

Now you are ready to paint your cabinets. Make sure to use satin paint (washable) and let the cabinets dry thoroughly between coats. If you prefer to stain your cabinets, make sure you use a sealer after the stain dries.

The last step is to reinstall the doors and the drawer fronts and put the hardware back on. You may want to buy new hardware after you see how good your "new" kitchen cabinets look!

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      Kitchen Cabinet Supplier 

      7 years ago

      Nice post, I can reffer this tutorial to our client

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    • janiek13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Krenz 

      7 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      Thank you, hope the hub was helpful

    • henry1robertson profile image


      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA 90013

      This tips is really useful while making old kitchen as new.

    • Amez profile image


      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great Hub, really make you want to just start your new Kitchen, or try a another room, I love doing wood work.


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