Insight to Help You Successfully Refinish Your Kitchen Cabinets & Save Remodeling Budget Money

Remodeling your kitchen can refresh your kitchen and give your entire home a new appearance and feeling. When your budget does not allow for replacement of your kitchen cabinets, flooring, and new countertops all at the same time, you can choose to refinish both or either of your kitchen cabinets and countertops. This can free up extra money so you can install new wood flooring in your kitchen, which can cost on average $4,430.

Here are some recommendations to help you successfully and beautifully refinish your kitchen cabinets and save on your budget.

Handle the Hardware Properly

The first step to refinish your kitchen cabinets is to remove all the doors and drawers, and disassemble all the hardware, including door pulls and handles, and hinges. But before you remove them all, use masking tape and a sharpie marker to label each of your doors and drawers to each of their respective cabinet frames, using a number system.

Also be sure to label the hardware and hinges to each door, so they can all go back into place correctly. Complete this step by placing the hardware from each door or drawer into a separate zip-close bag labeled with the corresponding number.

This will help you know where each door and drawer goes back together when you have completed this project. And it is helpful to know which hinges and handles go to each door and drawer. Without using this technique, you may discover that switching around the hinges can cause some of the doors to hang unevenly. 

Ready the Cabinetry's Surfaces

It is also important to prepare each of the kitchen cabinets surfaces you will be priming and painting. Neglecting to complete this step fully can result in your paint not adhering well and your painted surface being uneven and unattractive. 

First, wipe down and clean the surfaces of all your cabinets to be painted, using a trisodium phosphate cleaner. This will remove all the residue and build up from cooking with greases and oils and removes any food particles and oil fingerprints.

Using a medium-grit sandpaper, sand down to rough up all the surfaces to be painted. You don't need to sand to fully remove any finish or lacquer, only to create a scratched surface where the primer and paint will be able to adhere onto. After you have sanded all surfaces, clean up the dust by vacuuming the surfaces.

Use wood putty to fill any holes, gouges, or cracks within the surface of your wood cabinets. Smooth the putty over the surface with the edge of your putty knife and allow the putty to dry completely.

Apply Appropriate Primer and Paint

After you have gone to all the work of preparing and sanding your cabinets, you don't want to apply just any type of paint onto their surfaces. Using the wrong paint can cause your finished work to look uneven, become easily chipped, and not hold up well when you wipe them down. 

Also don't forget the primer, as the primer will help cover up any uneven coloring of the wood's surface, such as knot holes and dark-to-light wood grain patterns. Without a primer applied onto the wood, ghost images of the underlying wood can come through your new layer of paint. A stain blocking primer is a good type of primer to use, which can prevent this from occurring.

It is recommended to select an oil based semi-gloss paint to apply over the primed cabinets. Oil based paint may have a stronger odor, but will give your cabinets a durable and attractive wear and finish that is water-resistant for cleaning up food and grease spots after cooking. As you apply the oil-based paint, paint in a well-ventilated garage or space or outside in your yard to help with the paint fumes.

Use these recommendations to help you save money on your kitchen remodel. Learn more about your options by contacting services like Sierra Remodeling & Home Builders Inc.


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