Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

The Amazing 5-step Cabinet Reface Technique

by Kelly Richardson
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

If the thought of confusing directions, complex steps, and a tight schedule have kept you from updating the look of your kitchen, you’ve officially run out of excuses. This 5-step cabinet reface process means you’ll not only complete the project, you’ll have time for a leisurely dinner to enjoy the new atmosphere.

  1. Prepping the Face. Remove all doors and hardware. Use a fine grain sand paper to smooth out surfaces for the self-adhesive covering. Then, gently cleanse cabinet fronts with a mild detergent and water without soaking. Use a tack cloth to remove any dust or shavings before moving to step 2.
  2. Side Panels First. Begin by applying fitted side panels to the cabinet deck. Use a quality wood glue to attach the plywood to the existing cabinet panel. Complete the reface on this portion using finishing nails. Finish by sanding the edges to ensure evenness. Use a seal on any exposed areas of pure wood.
  3. Self-adhesive Coverings. Measure a series of self-adhesive coverings for the inside face of your cabinets. Cut longer and wider than you’ll need so that you can trim to perfection. Cover the cabinet styles and then cut off the excess adhesive. Then finish the job on the rails of the cabinet.
  4. Close the Doors. Drill some new holes for your new hardware. Shoot for 2 inches from the door edges, top and bottom. If you’re using hinges, they’ll come with instructions for assembly.
  5. Handle the Drawers. Your cabinet reface project will be complete once you’ve refaced the drawers. Simply attach the new drawer front to the old and secure with finishing nails.

A cabinet reface project just doesn’t get any easier than that. Plan ahead, have the right tools for the job, and you’ll be amazed out what you can do.

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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