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First, let me say that the project of refinishing your
cabinets is not something to delve into without giving it a lot of serious
thought. It is a project that is going to take days not hours, so you must be
willing to put in the time; not to mention the work.
It’s also a messy job. Your kitchen will be torn apart and
junk will be everywhere. You’ll have sand paper, paint thinner, brushes, drop
clothes, tape and paint lying around. You can pretty much forget about cooking
unless it’s cooked in a crock pot.
Once you decide to refinish your cabinets yourself comes the
next very important decision; what color to use. You must decide on a color
that you think you can live with for several years. Very, Very Important:The type of paint is everything. I would
suggest Valspar with Kilz. It’s expensive but worth it.
Then, you must decide if your current hinges and knobs will
work with the look you are going for.Walk around a home improvement store. Find cabinets that you like and
decide if you think you can pull that look off with some fresh paint and knobs.
Don’t get fixated on one set of knobs and hinges. Figure out
the material and color you want and shop around. Also, look on the websites of
the home improvement stores. They offer several more items online than they do
in their retail stores and you might be surprised at how much cheaper some of
the items are.
With all that said, if I still haven’t talked you out of
refinishing your own cabinets, then, here is a step by step guide of doing it
Make sure you can have windows and doors open to allow for good
ventilation during all these steps.
cordless screw driver, remove all hinges and knobs from doors. Use jars to store
screws with their counter parts. Take all doors outside and wash down with Dawn
dish detergent, water and a magic eraser. This is to remove all grease. Now, do
the same to all the cabinets. Allow everything to dry. Make sure your doors are
out of the weather, if you decide to leave them outside over night.
Day Two:Take rags
and wet down with paint thinner. It doesn’t matter if you start on the cabinets
or the doors, but this is a long process. Rub down an area of cabinet or door
with thinner, and then, sand. The goal here is to take the shine off the old
paint. The old paint will still be there but it will be dull looking.
Day Three:Put down
your drop cloths because you’re gonna paint.Very important: Sponge brushes
and rollers are less likely to leave streaks in your paint, so for this method,
that’s all we used. I would suggest lying out all your doors and rolling the
paint on them. Do one side and when it dries, flip over and do the other side. Make sure you use short nape roller brushes.
Paint cabinets starting at the top and working your way
down. This way you can catch any runs above where you are working before they
Day Five:Now, you’re
ready to put everything together. If you’ve bought new knobs and hinges, now is
the time to break those out of their packages and install.