The Step-by-Step Process for Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets
Refinishing kitchen cabinets is a great way to update the look and feel of your kitchen, but it’s critical to do it correctly to avoid damage. We’ll walk you through the entire process of refinishing kitchen cabinets, from preparation to completion, in this guide.
-Getting your Kitchen Cabinets ready
The first step is to prepare the cabinet’s surface. Using a degreaser or household cleaner, remove any old varnish, wax, or sealant. After cleaning the surface, allow it to dry completely before beginning your painting project.
-Finishing the Cabinet Surfaces
Then, using specialized cleaners and solvents, remove any old finishes from the cabinet surfaces. Read the instructions that come with your cleaner or solvent carefully because some require ventilation while others do not.
-Labeling and Taking out Cabinet Doors
The old cabinet doors must be removed before proceeding with the refinishing of the kitchen cabinets. The old adhesive can be very stubborn and difficult to remove at times. Occasionally, the old adhesive has dried and cracked. In either case, you’ll need to dissolve the adhesive and remove it from the cabinet doors with a solvent or abrasive cleaner.
-Placing Protective Drop Cloths
Dropping protective drop cloths over an area before beginning a refinishing project will help to avoid accidental paint spills and protect your floors and furniture.
-Begin with a Primer
When applying primer/sealant, make sure it’s applied evenly and thinly so it doesn’t build up on subsequent coats. Use a wood primer to seal the surface and protect it from moisture and weathering when refinishing wood cabinets. Instead, use an aluminum primer when refinishing metal cabinets. Follow the manufacturer’s application and drying instructions.
-Painting the Cabinetry and Frames
Take a look at the cabinet’s frame first. Is it constructed of wood or metal? Is it painted if it’s made of metal? Is the paint peeling or flaking if so? If the paint is peeling or flaking, you must remove it all before refinishing.
If the cabinet is not damaged and only requires a fresh coat of paint, you are ready to begin refinishing! Begin by priming and painting all of the cabinet’s sides with a high-quality primer and paint. Use high-quality paints that will last a long time, even after being washed several times. For proper painting techniques, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
-Applying a Second Layer of Paint
A second coat of paint on your kitchen cabinets can significantly improve their appearance and durability. To begin, use a degreaser or cleaner to remove any old paint or residue. Apply a coat of primer in the desired color to the entire cabinet surface. Allow the primer to fully dry before applying the second coat of paid. Use a sealer when painting over hardware to protect it from future wear and tear.
-Finish with Varnish
This is the main ingredient in many refinishing projects and is responsible for the glossy finish on your cabinets. Varnish is available at most home improvement stores and online.
The refinishing process takes about two days from start to finish. Make an appointment if you have any questions or concerns about the process.