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Simple guide on refinishing kitchen cabinets

Simple guide on refinishing kitchen cabinets

Refinishing kitchen cabinets is one of the ways you can restore that glory of your kitchen, and it is an inexpensive and simple project that can be done in the course of a few weekends. All that is needed to refinish a kitchen cabinet is the right tools and adventurous attitude so as to transform your outdated kitchen into a spectacular showplace that anyone will love. Here’s a simple guide to go about it.

Removing hardware

The first move to refinishing kitchen cabinets should be removing all hardware using a drill or a screwdriver. If planning to reuse the pulls or hinges, keep them in a zip lock bags with a note indicating where each fits.

Clean the cabinet

Using a solution of trisodium phosphate, clean thoroughly the surfaces of the cabinet to be painted to etch the surfaces slightly. This should be done with rubber gloves on. Then rinse the surfaces thoroughly with a sponge and the surface some time to dry. Scrub the surfaces with a 150 grit coarse sandpaper and vacuum to remove dust. Mask surfaces around boxes using painter’s tape.

Start with primer

Coat the surface with primer. If painting cabinet with a different color other than white, the primer may be tinted to match the top coat.


Now paint the doors, edges and one side. Paint drawer faces and other doors and sides and let them dry overnight. Sand the surface lightly using a 220 grit coarse sandpaper and vacuum the surface then apply another coat.

Replace pulls and hinges

Replace the pulls and hinges with new ones or use the old ones if you intended to use them. Before screwing drawer pulls from the inside, create pilot holes.

Attach doors

Get the doors positioned in the right opening direction. Screw the top hinges then followed by the bottom hinges.