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Cabinet Resurfacing: What to Do Before You Do

by Kelly Richardson
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Planning and preparation are the keys to a smooth cabinet resurfacing project. Knowing what you're going to do and having the materials ready will keep your project time and frustration level comfortably low. Follow these simple steps for assembling the ultimate resurfacing job.

Lights. Measurements. Action! Before you begin deconstructing your cabinets measure all pieces. Whether you are ordering faces cut to fit or you're cutting them yourself, precise measurements are essential. Of course plywood and end paneling can be pared down later, but you'll want your cabinet and drawer faces to match the first time around. Draw a sketch of your cabinet arrangement and fill in your measurements. When measuring for moldings measure the total linear footage you have, and then add 10% to be safe.

The Cast. Here are the players that will make this production a roaring success.

  • Utility Knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Cordless Drill/Driver
  • Miter Saw
  • Handsaw
  • Table/Circular Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Clamps
  • Brad Nailer
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Small Pry Bar
  • Wood Glue
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Drop Cloths

Believe it or not, the process of cabinet resurfacing is fairly simple. It's preparation that seems to take forever. Those starting out with new cabinets do so with a fresh slate. But if you're resurfacing you have to confront a variety of unique challenges before you begin. And the way you make these decisions will directly affect the amount of time and effort you have to put in this project.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson covers the home improvement scene in between his seasonal projects. His articles appear wherever intelligent interior design is valued.

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