How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets

Refinish kitchen cabinets can be messy andexpensive.

Refinishing them with a fresh coat of paintand new hardware is a budget-friendly alternative perfect for intermediate DIYers.

Here’s what you’ll need for this satisfyingproject: When taking on this DIY task be sure to equipyourself with the proper safety gear.

Throughout the video, we’ll alert you regardingwhen you should and should not use the safety gear.

Step 1: Protect counters and floorsStart by covering your backsplash and counter with strips of rosin paper, taping it to bothwalls and counters.

Place drop cloths along base cabinets.

Step 2: Remove doors, drawers and hardwareUnscrew all hinges and remove them from both cabinets and doors.

Empty drawers and remove them as well, alongwith door and drawer pulls and handles.

If you plan on reusing the hardware, storeeverything together in a safe place along with connecting screws.

Apply painter’s tape around cabinets toprotect cabinets and the wall.

Step 3: Clean the cabinetsUse a degreasing solution and a scrubbing sponge to thoroughly clean cabinets, doors,and drawer fronts.

Be sure not to skip this step, as cookinggrease that accumulates on cabinets will prevent primer and paint from adhering properly.

Step 4: Fill holes and dentsTo ensure smooth surfaces, fill any dents with wood putty, wiping away excess with aputty knife.

If you’re replacing hinges and handles withnew hardware that features different hole spacing, fill all screw holes with wood puttyas well.

Re-apply putty in all dents and holes to ensurethey’re completely filled.

Step 5: SandYou’ll need to sand your cabinets so they’ll have the right tooth for your primer to adhereto.

You can use a sanding block for this task,but a power sander will save time and effort.

Whichever method you choose, be sure to useone hundred-grit sandpaper, and sand with the wood grain.

If your doors or drawers have raised panels,use a fine-grit sanding sponge to get into corners.

Step 6: Remove sanding dust.

Vacuum all surfaces you’ve sanded, thenwipe them down with a rag or tack cloth, which is specifically designed to pick up dust.

Step 7: PrimeFor the smoothest-possible paint surface, start with a primer labeled as “sandable”or “high build.

” Brush back and forth to work the primer intothe surface.

Start by painting the back of the doors.

Once they’re dry, flip over and paint thefront.

Don’t worry about even brushstrokes sinceyou’ll be sanding the primer once both sides are dry.

Step 8: Sand primer.

Sand your primer with two hundred twenty-gritsandpaper.

Whether you use a sanding block or finishsander, be sure to sand with a light touch.

Sanding too hard will remove the primer.

Step 9: Paint first coat.

Paint with the grain, using long, even strokes.

After painting all drawers and doors, checkthe edges for drips, brushing out any that may have formed.

Step 10: Paint second coat.

Allow the paint to dry per manufacturer instructions,lightly sand, and apply a second coat to all surfaces.

Let the paint cure for a day or two beforereinstalling doors and drawers.

Failing to do so can cause the paint on drawersand doors to stick and chip.

Step 11: Install hardware.

Predrill new holes for knobs, pulls, and hinges.

Whether you’re reinstalling old hardwareor installing new hardware, take your time with the installation, making sure everythinglines up and is properly centered.

Your project is complete! Step back and admire your newly refinishedcabinets.

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