Kitchen Cabinet "Remodeling"
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Cabinetry Kitchen Remodeling
Often your kitchen cabinets can be refinished instead of completely removed. For the most part kitchen cabinets are made to suit your kitchen space and messing with a good thing can be a little risky. Refinishing your kitchen cabinets can be an inexpensive solution that will keep your cabinets looking new for 5 to 10 years.
You will want to start with the cabinets directly underneath your sink. Often these are the first to go and their condition will give you a good idea of how much work you will have to do on the rest of the cabinets. Inspect them for rot due to water. You may have to do some replacing, but this can be kept to minimum.
The shelves above your countertops should be your next kitchen cabinetry remodeling targets. Often these suffer very limited damage, and they should still be in pretty good shape.
Before you start sanding and painting, remove all of the cabinet doors* and cover your countertops with cloth. Mask any other areas that may be damaged during the process. You don’t want you cabinetry kitchen remodeling to turn into a remodeling of your countertops.
Once this is done, fully clean the kitchen cabinets including the handles and hinges. Often, over the course of several years grease and grime can accumulate on the cabinets and a thorough cleaning will let you know just how much work has to be done. You may want to repeat the cleaning procedure a couple of times just to make sure you have removed all of the gunk.
Next, take a piece of sandpaper and give the cabinets a good sanding. This will remove any irregularities and excess grime that was not expunged during the cleaning phase. This will also remove any gloss, leaving the cabinets dull and smooth. This is essential for any future staining or painting.
Clean the cabinets one last time. This gets rid of any dust from sanding that could make your cabinets look unprofessional if you try to paint or varnish over top of them.
Paint and varnish the cabinets to your liking. Keep in mind your total kitchen scheme, so the cabinets blend in seamlessly. You may have to apply several coats, depending on the varnish and the material you are painting.
Now, put the doors back on and replace and hinges or handles that are irreparably damaged. Ta da! You’re done.
*CL Note --- a tip I have seen on television is, when you remove cabinet doors, NUMBER them or label them otherwise so you can find which door goes with which cabinet when it's time to put them back on. There can be subtle size differences and trying to match doors with cabinets is one frustration you can do without!
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