How to Reface CabinetsThe first thing you need to do is to decide what type of look you want. Veneers and new paint options give you plenty of choice and are usually simple to adhere. The biggest challenge will be keeping the bare cabinets free of dust and debris, which can lead to a lot of extra work or even sabotage the entire project.
Refacing your kitchen cabinets includes covering the exposed frames with a thin veneer of real wood or plastic laminate. Doors and drawer fronts are replaced to match or complement the new veneer. New hinges, knobs, pulls, and molding complete the transformation. —Houselogic.comWhen you’re ready to begin, take the doors off their hinges and then remove the hinges from the stiles (the vertical parts of the cabinet frame). Then, put the doors in a dust free space, on top of a clean paint cloth. Once the doors are spread out, follow these steps:
- Remove the pulls. You ought to remove the pulls after detaching the hinges so you can more easily carry the doors into the dust free space. You can also buy new pulls and repurpose the old ones.
- Clean and sand the doors. Using a degreaser, clean the cabinet doors thoroughly to remove any build-up from the surface. (You’ll likely be surprised by how much gunk is stuck to the surface.) Then, gently sand the doors down to the bare surface.
- Fill in any divots. If there are any divots in the wood, fill them in with wood filler and sand after it hardens. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.
- Apply the veneer. Next, you can apply adhesive to the stiles and rails of the cabinets, the vertical and horizontal parts of the frame, and then apply the veneer. Thereafter, apply the adhesive and veneer to the doors.
- Let dry and reattach the pulls. Allow the adhesive to bond to the wood and veneer, then attach the pulls. You can then rehang the doors onto the frame to finish. If you want, purchase new hinges and use those to replace the old ones.