How to Transform Old Cabinets to Make Them Look New
The cabinets are a focal point in your kitchen, so if they are old, damaged or just plain ugly, the first thing most people want to do is replace them. However, kitchen cabinets can be expensive, so it is difficult to replace them when you are on a tight budget. Fortunately, kitchen cabinets are one of the easiest things you can update, without buying new ones. Follow these step by step instructions for redoing the cabinets and you can have a new look for the kitchen in a weekend.
1. Remove all of the hardware, including the hinges and the pulls.
2. Once all of the hinges have been removed, let them soak in warm water and mild soap for a few hours. If you are reusing the pulls, put them in to soak also.
3. Have an area ready to work, such as in the garage or on the patio, where there is enough room to move freely as well as have fresh air.
4. Using an electric sander and medium grade sandpaper, remove all of the old existing paint/stain.
5. After all of the paint has been removed, go over each door and drawer with the sander and fine sandpaper to create a smooth surface. Use caution when sanding to avoid making any nics or gouges in the wood. If the cabinets are metal, use light pressure to prevent scratching the metal.
6. Use a clean, damp cloth to clean each door and to wipe away all of the dust from sanding.
7. Using a good paintbrush or paint roller, apply a thin coat of paint over each door and drawer. When the first coat is completely dry, apply another thin coat, being careful to not make any runs or uneven painted areas.
8. After the paint is completely dry, if there are any runs or uneven spots, use extra fine sandpaper and lightly sand by hand.
9. Wipe the cabinets off with a clean, dry cloth.
10. Apply a thin, even coat of clear sealer and allow to dry completely. If you are doing the insides of the doors, apply the paint before applying the sealer to the front.
11. Remember to sand, paint and apply clear sealer to the fronts of the cabinets as well.
12. Hang the doors and replace the drawers using the old hinges.
Once the cabinets have all been put back up, if you want to add more drama, color or uniqueness to the cabinets, visit the local home supply store and choose some new pulls for each door and drawer.