Ways to Repurpose Old Kitchen CabinetsIf you really need another function fulfilled, you can repurpose those cabinets. With a bit of imagination, you can transform them into a kitchen island. Combine the cabinets using plywood and refinish them with beadboard, trim, and a fresh coat of paint. Or, make them into a compost bin. Simply remove the doors and/or drawers, remove the shelves, and enclose them with plywood.
When you buy new cabinets to remodel or redecorate your kitchen, it can be hard to imagine throwing away your old cabinets, especially if they are in good condition. Storage isn’t the only use for cabinets. Taking the cabinets apart opens up new possibilities for using old cabinets throughout your home. From works of art to craft materials, you can find uses for your old cabinets. —San Francisco Gate.comSome homeowners use old kitchen cabinets as testing material. In other words, they take them down, strip them down and then use them to test different paint colors or stains. They can also be transferred to the garage for use out there. Or, remake them into a bathroom vanity.
Old Kitchen Cabinet Refurbishing GuideIf you are game to remaking them, you can refurbish them to give those cabinets a whole new lease on life and get years more use out of them. Here’s an overview for how to refurbish kitchen cabinets:
- Remove the doors and hardware. The first step is to remove the doors and the hardware. Put these items aside for later use, be it to return to the cabinets themselves or for something else.
- Take down the kitchen cabinets. Examine the cabinets to see how they are hung. Then, take them down carefully. Be sure to do this with caution to avoid damaging the countertops and/or the floor.
- Sand away the old finish. Once the old cabinets are free, you can then strip the finish off to expose the bare wood. Proceed with caution so you don’t damage the material itself.
- Apply a new finish. Once stripped bare, you can then apply a new finish, using paint or stain. You might need more than one coat to get the desired look.