Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

A Stress-free Kitchen Cabinet Job

by Gabby Hyman
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Most people know that by cleaning, stripping, and refinishing your kitchen cabinets, you can save a lot of money over replacing them. With a few simple tools, you can give your kitchen the make-over that you've been wanting. Of all the remodeling projects a first-timer tries, restoring kitchen cabinets and cabinet doors are the least-likely ones to bring confusion and despair. If the kitchen cabinets already look worn or damaged, there's little harm you can do to the surfaces.

If you plan ahead, work carefully, and -- above all else -- save your kitchen cabinet hardware, you can have a pleasant experience. Here are some tips in beginning your project to save you from rattled nerves. First, it's critical to label and mark all your cabinet doors. Use safe, self-sticking tape and write a number on the inside of each door and use a system that you can easily remember when you hang them again.

Invest in Simple Tools and Be Organized

A multi-angle, ratchet screwdriver can really save time and knuckles. You can buy an inexpensive model at most any home improvement store. Once your cabinet doors are labeled, remove the doors from the stiles, unscrew the hinges, and take down any additional knobs or kitchen cabinet hardware.

It pays to be a little retentive here and organize the stiles, hinges, and hardware to easily pair them with the cabinet doors when you're done. And if you use zip-lock bags or another sealed container to keep your cabinet screws from disappearing into the kitchen crevices, you'll be happier in the end. As you proceed to cleaning, stripping, and applying fresh veneer, you'll have all the necessary materials right within reach to hang the cabinets.

About the Author
Gabby Hyman has written for print and online media for more than 20 years. He has created online content for eToys, GoTo.com, Siebel Systems, Avaya, and Nissan UK. He has also been a web consultant to the Governor of California. As an author of fiction, journalism, and poetry, Gabby is a former English professor for the University of Illinois, University of Alaska, and Old Dominion University. He holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Alabama.

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