Benefits of Cabinet Refinishing
A major goal in kitchen refurbishing is changing the look of the cabinets. Cabinet refinishing is a process that refreshes the look of wood cabinets at a fraction of the cost of other options, especially replacing all the cabinets. Refinishing gives a whole new look to cabinets that aren’t damaged and are only starting to show their age. Refinishing changes the finish, or color, of existing materials. If cabinets are in good shape, refinishing is much more affordable than refacing and will still give a new look to the kitchen. Cabinets should be mostly free of nicks, chips, cracks, dents, cuts and gouges to achieve a good look with refinishing as opposed to refacing, which involves covering the surfaces with a veneer.
Steps to Refinishing
- Remove cabinet doors and drawers.
- Clean and degrease the cabinets
- Repair holes, dents or gouges
- Sand and clean the surfaces
- Apply primer
- Apply semi-gloss latex paint
- Mark the placement of the hardware
- Pre-drill and attach hardware
The first four steps are important because refinishing cabinets with the doors attached would be difficult and might lead to undesired results such as finishing liquids dripping down and tainting countertops or floor; it could also lead to accidental damage to the cabinets.
After the first four steps, the cabinets are ready for the actual refinishing. Cabinets can be painted or stained depending on the look desired. However, if the homeowner wants to re-stain cabinets with a lighter color, they must be sanded first. A coat of primer is applied and then the cabinets are stained or painted. At this point, new hardware can be attached, or the current hardware is replaced. Changing the hardware can make a big difference in cabinet refinishing. New drawer pulls and handles can do as much to update a kitchen’s style as a new color or stain for the surface. Other options that can be done at the same time are modern accessories such as slide-out racks, soft-close drawers, and concealed hinges. These can transform an entire kitchen from outdated to fresh and brand new, and add great value to the area.