Refacing Kitchen Cabinets

Thursday, May 1st 2014. | Kitchen

The concept of refacing kitchen cabinets is only about switching out the doors after you have covered all of the exposed parts of the frame using the veneer which matches the new finish. If you are thinking to do it, this technique will work well on the cabinets which have the partial-overlay doors that the face frame is visible. However you should not have to be worried if you have the full-overlay doors cabinet which has no face frame since you still can do it. When you decide to reface your kitchen cabinets, so you will need to measure everything properly.

refacing kitchen cabinets

refacing kitchen cabinets

refacing kitchen cabinets pictures

refacing kitchen cabinets pictures

The first thing that you should do is remove all of the cabinet doors and then clean the cabinet faces and sides. Scuff the surfaces by using a sandpaper, and wipe it down. The next step is glue the plywood on the exposes sides. You should measure all of the stiles and rails. Cut the veneer into strips for about a half inch wider and two inches longer than the stile and rail. And then cut the veneer, hold the first piece of it up to a stile and align it. Peel away the corner of the backing and press the veneer in place.

refacing your kitchen cabinets

refacing your kitchen cabinets

kitchen before cabinet refacing

kitchen before cabinet refacing

kitchen after cabinet refacing

kitchen after cabinet refacing

The next step in refacing kitchen cabinets is veneer the stile on the other sides and trim the excess veneer that overlap the cabinet opening. Cover the rails of the cabinet so that it will overlap the stiles in both sides. Cut both layers of the veneer. Peel away the excess of the rail veneer and lift the edge of the rail to expose the cut piece. Push the rail veneer back place. You are almost done, you have to hang the doors by screwing the hinges to the door first. And then you should align the door in the cabinet and screw it. Check for the position first, whether it is positioned correctly or not, and tighten it again. The last step in refacing kitchen cabinets is attach the knob and pulls, and also finish the drawers.

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