Simple Steps: How to Refinish Cabinets the Easy Way

Simple Steps: How to Refinish Cabinets the Easy Way
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    Some people cannot see the beauty that lies beneath and others, like you, know that it takes patience to uncover the diamond in the rough.

    The same can be said about cabinets that have seen better days.


There is hidden beauty beneath their rough appearance, and the following steps will help bring out that beauty.

Sanding Down

Cabinets may look a little dingy when the paint is old. You cannot simply scrape the paint off as you risk damaging your cabinet. Those with wood cabinets are in luck because all you have to do is sand down the paint. Just start by cleaning the areas that look a little old, and dry those areas. Then, sand using your sand paper.

Using Your Primer

You are halfway there after you sand down the old paint. Now, you can start using your primer. The primer helps ensure that the unpainted wood does not absorb the layers of paint that you will apply later on. The primer should be spread out evenly, just to make sure it does its job. This helps ensure that your paint looks beautiful by the time you are done, and it also prevents decay.

Spray Painting

Painting by hand is not always easy, especially those who are inexperienced. You might end up with a finished product that looks completely unacceptable. You might see uneven spots, and it can take a lot longer to finish. This is where spray painting comes in handy. It is a reasonable option that allows the inexperienced to apply a beautiful coat of paint due to its mist-like application. The process will be easier if you use an air compressor, such as one from Kruman Equipment Company, to power your spray painter since it is easier to maneuver. Try to use a semi-gloss latex paint option for best results.

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Damper Installation

It might not seem like an important step, but installing dampers to your cabinet doors is a good idea. These little dampers help ensure that you close the cabinet doors safely at all times. It protects the overall structure of the cabinet and doors, not to mention the casings.

Sounds easy enough, right? With a little dedication and these four simple steps, you’ll be a master of cabinet refinishing in no time!

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.