Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
How to apply veneer to kitchen cabinets: finishingby Karl Fendelander
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Your cabinet refacing project is nearly done. Your kitchen cabinets have been resurfaced with wood veneer and you're ready for the finishing touches. Whichever kind of veneer you've installed, be sure to wait 24 hours for the adhesive to cure before proceeding.
Finishing touches of veneer refacing
If you've gotten a wood veneer that doesn't require any finishing oils, stains or finishes, you can move on to accessorizing and detailing. If not, it's time to get out the sand paper again. Go over all surfaces with 150 grit sandpaper to make sure everything is flush, then smooth with 180 grit. This can be done without waiting 24 hours, but too much pressure could accidentally push a piece of veneer out of place or peel up an edge, so be sure to follow the directions of whichever adhesive you used.
After you've sanded, you're ready to use any stain or other finish. It's a good idea to give kitchen cabinets a good coat of polyurethane to protect them. They take a lot of abuse, and this will increase the lifespan the veneer, keeping it looking good for years. Follow the specific directions of your veneer product.
Accents and interiors
Here are a few options for really making your cabinetry look and feel like new:
Once you've added the finishing touches, it's time to put the new or refinished doors and drawer faces back on. If you made it all the way through, congratulations! If you're stuck or in over your head, don't hesitate to call in a professional to help you get your kitchen back.
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About the Author
Karl Fendelander cut his teeth on web writing in the late nineties and has been plugged in to the newest technology and tuned in to the latest trends ever since. With an eye for design and an ear for language, Karl has created content and managed digital media for startups and established companies alike. When he unplugs, Karl can be found biking about town and hiking and climbing throughout the West.