By Sara Strehlow, LENA Secretary and Luke Wagner, LENA member
If you are like us you move in and your kitchen is drab and dated. You want to update your kitchen but you don’t have tons of money. No joke one of the quotes I got for redoing this tiny kitchen was around $30,000. Also these cabinets were made for this kitchen. Like literally, solid wood and built in place. Which being built in place would create many other issues but that is another article. This article focuses on how to refinish your kitchen cabinets for not a lot of money. It is a lot of work but if you have time and just a few tools you can do it too.
Step 1: Clean and scrub those old cabinets!
Step 2: Clear these cabinets out of all the stuff you have stored in them.
Step 3: Take your cabinets apart. Remove cabinet doors, hinges and hardware. We filled old holes with Elmers Wood filler.
Step 5: Cut thin plywood to size. Add wood glue to attach and clamp.
Step 6: Let dry overnight clamped
Beautiful!! If you notice you have a heavy wood grain showing I would recommended taking a putty knife and your wood filler from above and filling in the grain. Then back to sanding.
Once you are happy with the look of your cabinets you ready to prime.
Step 7: Prime Latex
Step 8: You guessed it… Sand
Step 9: Paint with a semi-gloss Latex Paint.
Now if you paint with a Latex you need to prime with a latex. But Latex smells awful and the fumes will leave you vomiting in your front yard…. This may have happened. So I recommend you paint with Benjamin Moore ADVANCE. It will give you the benefits of an alkyd paint without the heavy fumes.
Step 10: Sand again if needed and Repaint
Make sure to let dry thoroughly each time before sanding and applying the next layer of paint.
Step 11: Let dry. Before you reattach your cabinet doors, hinges and other hardware make sure you let your paint dry. This may be a week, make sure to follow your paints instructions.
Step 11: Drill new holes and attach hardware.
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