Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Cabinet Refacing Finishing Productsby Kelly Richardson
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
If you're in the midst of a cabinet refacing project, or are considering starting one, a key step is to remove the refinishing product from the old pieces. Here are some simple ways to identify the old finish and prepare your cabinets for a new look.
Paint over an old coat of cabinet paint and you'll ruin the color of your new coat. Try to cover old wax with a new shell and the results will look hazy, at best. To correctly complete a cabinet refacing project, you've got to strip and remove the old finish. It helps to know exactly what type of cabinet refacing product you're dealing with.
Cabinet Refacing OptionsThere are several refinishing products that are typical to most cabinets. Here's how to identify them:
Be Aware When RefacingIf your cabinets are finished with Formica or vinyl, don't attempt to paint or refinish them yourself. Hire a professional to reface them or--gasp--go in for new cabinets. Finally, never paint over water-based paint with and oil-based product.
About the Author
Kelly Richardson covers the home improvement scene in between his seasonal projects. His articles appear wherever intelligent interior design is valued.