If the kitchen is a culinary theater, then the cabinets are the stagehands. They contain the spices, tools, and cookware required to complete the show. But after a tedious schedule of performances that can take years, it's no wonder that worn-out kitchen cabinets can look ready for their last bow. However, before you retire your broken, broken or outdated cabinets, keep in mind that there is always one last step in front of a curtain: reworking. "High-quality repair keeps your kitchen cabinets in good condition and extends their lifespan," says Hunter Macfarlane, Lowe Project Specialist.
While this project is best done by a specialist, Macfarlane notes that experienced home improvement workers can do it with the right tools, timetable, and research. To launch this show, we asked Macfarlane for advice on how to improve kitchen cabinets in five steps. And with his advice, your cabinets will look as good as new. If you think of someone who can take on an advanced home-based project, such as retrofitting kitchen cabinets, you must first be aware of how much time you need to spend on them. Macfarlane estimates that reworking kitchen cabinets can last between four and eight weekends, or between 60 and 130 hours. This period depends on the size of your kitchen and may need to be adjusted according to the size of the work. Also, remember that your kitchen may not work if you perform this task as well.
"It's a very lengthy and time-consuming project that can often lead to frustration and failure if done wrong," he says. "That's why I strongly recommend that you consult someone who specializes in reworking projects." However, if you want to do it yourself, remember to follow the chemical manufacturing instructions and protect yourself and your kitchen at work. And if you need help on the road, it is never too late to call in a specialist.
How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets to Make Them Look Brand New
Rework kitchen cabinets
Step 1: Clean the surfaces.
Before reworking, Macfarlane recommends starting this project by thoroughly scrubbing the kitchen cabinet. To do this, carefully remove the cabinets from the walls, clean them and let the wood dry completely. "It's a good idea to label or number the cabinet doors so you can put them back in the right place," he notes. "When sanding or painting, be careful not to sand down or paint over the marks. The holes for the hinges also need to fit, so you can easily tell which door is going where. "
Step 2: Protect yourself and the rest of the kitchen.
Cover the worktops with cloths and cover the equipment and floors. Do not forget to wear gloves and eye protection when using a wood cleaner.
Step 3: Soak the hardware.
Since the hardware probably needs a good cleaning, put it in a large basin of soapy water for 30 minutes, advises Macfarlane. "You can easily scrub them with a soft brush before rinsing," he says. Allow the hardware to dry completely after cleaning. Then apply a polish and let the pieces dry again.
Step 4: Strip and paint your cabinets.
Now is the time to remove your cabinets - and here the process can be difficult. First, make sure your workspace is in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors. To determine which paint stripper is best for your furniture, you need to find out what type of surface coating is already on the wood. For example, if you think the cabinets have a wax finish, Macfarlane says add a few drops of turpentine to the wood. If the solution dissolves, you're right. Other options include shellac, paint, paint, vinyl, polyurethane, paint, pervious oil, or a water-based finish, and each have their own specifications for proper removal or care. Determine the right action plan for your furniture and then apply the correct paint stripper to the wood. Start with an unobtrusive corner to make sure it works, and wear the right protective materials as you work.
Step 5: Sand the wood, prime and paint.
When you have finished with the paint remover, use a wood filler to repair holes or scratches in the wood, and sand.