Upgrading kitchen cabinets is a quick and easy way to breathe new life into your cooking space. However, spending on new furniture may not be necessary. If your existing cabinets are obsolete but still in good condition, you can give them a new lease of life using a few key materials and elbow grease.
Remove the door and drawers
This becomes the first step of getting starting to refurbish kitchen cabinets. First, make sure to carefully remove each door and drawer to avoid damage. This is extremely important. You will also need to remove the hinges and the associated hardware and handles. It’s always best to reinstall them exactly where they come from, so I recommend numbering them. Make sure the screws or any other loose pieces are stored in a secure container. You would not want yourself wondering how to put the handles back when most screws have been misplaced.
Label each door and drawer
Before you start anything, draw a kitchen layout and mark each door and drawer before removing it. It may seem unnecessary, but I promise you’ll thank me when it’s time to replace these because remembering the right place for each piece can be quite confusing and time-consuming.
Clean everything well
Once everything is marked and removed, take a sponge (and a dry cloth) to wipe the parts thoroughly. Make sure you remove unwanted grease and marks. Not that you will not, but it is vital.
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Fill in the gaps
If the holes are where they shouldn’t be, or you want to cover a grain of the wood, use a sealant to smooth surfaces. This will ensure that the finished cabinets look new and polished.
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Sand the cabinets
Once the grout has dried, sand the doors and interiors to eliminate any unwanted dirt and give your cabinets a high-quality final look. This will help you once you get to the painting stage, as any raised parts will be challenging to cover later.
Clean it up
After sanding, a nice layer of dust always remains, so wipe it off before using it again. As I said, the better you clean the surfaces, the better the final product will be.
It is indispensable to use a decent primer to prepare the surfaces before painting. You can’t leave imperfections on custom kitchen cabinets because they will stand out like a sore thumb. Do a good job here, and you’ll be grateful when it is done.
Paint your first hand
Now comes the most exciting part, paint! Make sure the primer dries and the doors and drawers are clean. You’ll probably need several layers to get a professional look, so don’t try to finish working in one layer. Take time to cover each area and make sure the coat is even.
Sand in your hands
Allow each coat to dry completely, then lightly sand the door and drawers to remove any bumps or imperfections again. This means that you will need to clean the surfaces every time you sand.
Remember: do it right and save thousands of dollars on recovery versus replacement. It will be worth it here.
Replace ports and install hardware
Once you’re happy with the color, it’s time to go through the layout drawing and installing new and improved doors and drawers along with their hinges and fittings. I highly recommend buying new hardware because if you have already had this problem, the new hardware can really change the overall aesthetics of the kitchen. Take your time and carefully reattach each piece of furniture – you won’t want to ruin anything at this point.
If you want to give it a new look, you can try the following:
Paint the Kitchen Cabinets
The only reason why your kitchen feels like a cave is because dark cabinets suck all the light out of the room. But making your room brighter does not necessarily mean installing new cabinets; rather, you can paint the old ones into bright colors. Color changes everything. But color with a twist can change the style of your cabinets from ordinary and simple to shabby, elegant, rustic, provincial, or modern.
Place the lighting under the cabinet
Most American kitchens lack one element, and that is not a $7,500 or 4-acre refrigerator. It is just good lighting. Concealed luminaires under the cabinet, which are easy to install under the top cabinets, can flood the board in bright white light – a blessing for everything from sliced vegetables to reading recipes. Plug the lights into the dimmer switch, and get the key to dramatic accent or night lighting for midnight snacks. If you are a bit hesitant about working with electricity, don’t worry. This installation is simple and without shock.
Add a crown to the cabinet
Want your kitchen to give a rich impression? Sophisticated trim transformation can turn your kitchen design into one that is upbeat and seamless. Add a unique feature to your cabinets by mounting the rail to the hardwood frame located above the cabinets. Using the structure allows you to work on details on the bench better than on a ladder. You can attach the crown from behind, so you do not have to fill any nail holes. Once the frame and crown are connected, the entire assembly is done at the same time.
Completing kitchen counters is a very lucrative process and can transform your kitchen space at a minimal cost. Don’t forget to take your time with a job like this and be careful with corners, as shoddy work could become expensive. If you think you cannot do it yourself, don’t hesitate to seek help from professionals.
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia