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Getting Started with DIY Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet refacing is a low cost, high-quality alternative to cabinet replacement, but for anyone who has never completed a DIY cabinet refacing project before, getting started can be a daunting task. Fortunately, anyone can complete a high quality cabinet refacing project with a little preparation and practice.

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Clean and Strip Thoroughly for Best Results

It's easiest to clean and restrip the cabinet doors if they are first removed from the hinges, so you may consider doing that first. If you remove the doors, be sure to label each door and its frame with a matching number so that you'll know where to reinstall it when you're finished. The next thing to do is thoroughly clean the cabinetry to remove all grease, grime, and food residue. The cleaner the surface, the easier it will be to strip and sand the doors. Once the doors are cleaned and completely dried, you can begin stripping them using a semi-paste or gel stripper, which will minimize the drip. You may want to use a tarp or painting cloth to cover your appliances, flooring, and countertops before you start the stripping process to ensure you don't damage or destroy anything. Be sure to check what type of finish is currently on the cabinets before beginning so that you ensure you have the appropriate project for the job.

Patch and Prepare for the Final Coats

After the surface has been cleaned and stripped, you must sand the cabinets. You can either sand them using a sandblaster or do it manually using sand paper strips. Once you're finished, use a stainable wood filler to patch any holes, nicks, or scratches in the cabinet surface. If you're planning to paint the cabinets, apply a coat of a high-quality primer to the surface of each door before you begin painting. DIY cabinet refacing is a cinch when you prepare and practice properly!

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