Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Change cabinetry supplies for budget refacingby Susanne Clemenz
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
If your sagging, outdated kitchen cabinets are an embarrassment, there is much you can do to improve the situation. Set aside a weekend, perhaps bribe friends with your famous barbecued salmon, and host a cabinet refacing party.
Cleaning cabinet components
Begin by doing a thorough cleaning. The first step is disassembling the cabinets. Delegate the following tasks amongst those helping with your refacing project:
Clean laminate (Formica), glass, metal or plastic surfaces with an alkaline cleaner. For wood cabinets, use a dab of hand dishwashing detergent on a damp net-covered sponge around grime build-up areas. Rinse and dry. Then, clean cabinet cases and any doors you're keeping with a Murphy's Oil Soap solution.
Work in small areas so you can clean, then immediately buff in grain's direction with a clean terry towel. Soak your metal door handles and hinges in a dish detergent solution for an hour or so, then scrub them with an old toothbrush. Thoroughly dry each one.
Replacing cabinetry supplies
If you're keeping the cabinet cases without refacing them, touch up scratches. When reusing older cabinetry supplies, consider some of the following tips to help make your cabinets look newer:
Once everything is cleaned and re-drilled, and new cabinetry supplies are installed, rehang doors and step back to enjoy your inexpensive, beautiful upgrade for years.
About the Author
Suzanne Clemenz designed her passive solar home and remodeled two others. She worked with architects and contractors on floorplans, electrical, painting, windows, flooring installations, flood prevention walls and stonework, major drainage issues, an irrigation system and landscaping.