Step-by-Step Instructions for Refacing Kitchen Cabinet Doors
By Mark J. Donovan
||One low cost way to remodel your kitchen is to reface the kitchen cabinet doors. Refacing kitchen cabinet doors can be a do it yourself project, and is much less disruptive and expensive than all out replacing the kitchen cabinets. When refacing kitchen cabinet doors it is best to do one door at a time to minimize the mess and disruption to your kitchen.
Tools and Materials Required to Reface Kitchen
- Putty Knife
- Replacement Hardware if desired (Hinges, Knobs, handles)
- Paint or Stain
- Safety Glasses and Work gloves
How to Reface Kitchen Cabinet Doors
To begin the task of refacing kitchen cabinet doors, start by using your screwdriver to remove a kitchen cabinet door from a cabinet face.
|After removing the kitchen cabinet door, next remove all of the hardware attached to it. Save the hardware to either reinstall it later or to find replacement hardware of the same size.
Next, in a well ventilated area apply the paint or stain remover to the front surface of the kitchen cabinet door. Make sure you follow the specific instructions on the paint/stain remover container and always wear eye and hand protection when using these chemicals.
In general, however, after the paint/stain remover begins to bubble you can begin to scrape it off of the kitchen cabinet door with your wide blade scraper.
After removing all of the bubbled paint/stain remover assess whether a second application of remover is necessary. If so, repeat the process. If it looks good, then repeat the process on the other side and edges of the kitchen cabinet door.
|Let the kitchen cabinet door fully dry and apply a second coat of paint to complete the painting process.
Alternatively, you can stain the kitchen cabinet door if you prefer. Use a rag to apply the stain, and then another rag to wipe off the excess stain. Repeat this process until you achieve the shade of color you desire. After the stain has fully dried, apply a couple of coats of polyurethane to protect the kitchen cabinet door.
Finally reattach the old or new kitchen hardware and remount the kitchen cabinet door onto the kitchen cabinet face.
Repeat this process for each door to complete your kitchen cabinet door refacing project.
For help on your kitchen remodeling project, see my Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet. The Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet provides a request for quote checklist section that you can provide to prospective kitchen remodeling contractors. It also includes a comprehensive kitchen remodeling cost breakdown table, in Microsoft Excel format, that allows the contractor to include his projected remodeling costs for every phase of the project.
- Reface or Replace Kitchen Cabinets?
- How to Install Kitchen Wall Cabinets
- How to Install a Kitchen Sink
Additional Kitchen Remodeling Design Resources
Get Free Kitchen Remodeling Price Quotes with No Obligation!
Fill out our 3-5 minute quick and easy form, and receive a free price quote on kitchen remodeling from one of our prescreened and licensed kitchen remodeling contractors. This process is free and there is no obligation to continue once you receive your kitchen renovation price estimate.