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5 Tips For Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Are you tired of how your existing kitchen cabinets look and you want to reface them? You will definitely need to know the following tips to help you get this job done.

Plan Out The Design

You always want to start by planning out the design of your refaced cabinets. Think of all the different factors that will go into it, such as the color that you want the cabinets to be, what style to make them, and even the type of laminate or wood you are using. The more planning you do will lead to a more successful DIY job. 

Take Precise Measurements

There is an old saying in woodworking to measure twice and cut once, which is a good rule to apply to cabinet refacing. Take accurate measurements of your cabinets by taking two measurements to make sure that they match. Then write the dimensions down in a diagram of your kitchen cabinets so that you know if there are any small variations between them. You can use this information to order all the materials you need to reface your cabinets. 

Remove And Label Old Doors And Hardware

When you start to take down your old door and take the hardware off the cabinets, it will help to label everything so that you know where it came from. This includes keeping the hardware, hinges, and screws in small bags that go with each cabinet door. This not only ensures that you do not lose them, but it also helps make sure that everything fits right when the refaced cabinets go back on later.

Sand The Surface With Sandpaper

It's a good idea to sand down your cabinets before you reface them. However, you don't need to sand the surface as if you are painting them by starting with a heavy-grit and moving to fine-grit sandpaper. Your goal is to smooth out the surface and remove any bumps that could cause a problem with the refacing material later. 

Use A Bonding Agent

The best way to get the new material to attach to the front of the cabinet surfaces is with a bonding agent. This will ensure that you do not see any nails or screws in the new surface, creating a very smooth and professional appearance. 

With the new surface on the cabinet doors, you can reattach them to the cabinets using the hardware you have labeled and set aside.

To learn more, contact a professional cabinet refacing service in your area.