You don’t have to buy new kitchen cabinets every when they get stained. Here are practical tips on how to refinish your kitchen cabinets.
Did you know that there are a few simple things you can do to refinish your old kitchen cabinets and make them look as good as new? Yes, it is possible and for a lot less money than you may think. You can refinish those old kitchen cabinets so as to hide those pesky surface imperfections, give them some protective cover and restore them to their glory days when their colour shone through with zeal.
But, to do all this, you will need to be working with cabinets that are original sturdy and well installed. If the original cabinetry was professionally done, then the retouch or refinish shouldn’t be that complicated.
Simple steps to refinishing your kitchen cabinets
Because old kitchen cabinets tend to gather a lot of dirt, grime and grease, you need to have them thoroughly cleaned before you embark on your refinishing journey. Paint doesn’t adhere well to greasy and dirty surfaces. If you want to clean them properly, remove the drawers and doors from the cabinets first by using a screwdriver. Feel free to also remove knobs and handles as well as shelves. Wipe down all the surfaces with a dampened cloth. You can either use mineral spirits or a mixture of hot water and distilled vinegar as a cleaning agent.
Prepare the cabinets
If you want your cabinets to have the professionally finished look, you need to prepare them properly before applying the refinishing touch. Find any small cracks, dings, holes and fill them up with wood filler. You should also sand the cabinet surfaces using a 200-grit fine sandpaper.
This will get rid of the peeling varnish as well as roughen up those stained surfaces. After cleaning off the dust, use a paint primer on the cabinets that are to be repainted. Sand the prime surfaces one more time. If, however, you are going to cover the cabinets with stain then there is no need to use a primer.
Paint or stain
The entire point of this project is to enhance the way your kitchen looks. In keeping with that, you should choose a paint colour that is perfect for the overall kitchen decor. Once you have chosen the right paint, apply two coats and follow that up with polyurethane finish that is protective.The colours you choose go a long way in bringing out the class and life in your kitchen.
White has always been a favourite of many homeowners who prefer the ‘cottage look’ while those who want a ‘Tuscan look’ can use black or dark paint with a distressed finish. It is all up to you and the kind of new look you want to give your kitchen. All this shouldn’t cost you that much money and is a wonderful way to keep your weekends occupied especially when the Premier League is on break.