How to Reface Kitchen Cabinets on Your Own

What You'll Need
Old rags
Multipurpose cleaner
Spatula or scraper
Wood filler
Sand paper
Paint or stain

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, one of the best things to do is to reface kitchen cabinets that are already there instead of replacing the cabinets all together. This way you can add your own style and at the same time be able to do the project yourself and for much cheaper. Here are a few steps to help the process go smoothly.

Step 1 - Clean

The first thing that you will need to do before continuing on with this project is to clean the cabinets. There tends to be a lot of build up from food, dust and even moisture that gets on them so a thorough cleaning needs to be done right away. Typically an old rag and some cleaner can do the trick but you also might need a sponge with a rougher end. The easiest thing to do is clean them while they are still on then remove and clean further. Make sure that you also pay attention to the hardware including the hinges and clean them as well.

Step 2 - Remove and Label Cabinets

Using a screwdriver you can take off each of the cabinets. Make sure to keep the hardware near each cabinet as well as labeling where each one goes so that you can easily put them back on afterwards. Now that they are off you can finish cleaning and be sure to let them dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 3 - Strip

Before you can begin stripping you will have to decide which is the correct kind to buy for the material you are using. For paint or varnish you can use a paint stripper or remover and for wax you can use turpentine. Use the stripper to coat the cabinets and then let it sit for the right amount of time. Once they have been sitting you can start to use an old rag as well as the scraper to get everything off. When you are finished you can wipe down and let them dry completely.

Step 4 - Patch Holes and Sand

You can use a wood filler for any holes that may have happened over time or even small nicks and scratches. Then once everything has dried you can sand it down so that it is even with the rest of the cabinet. Also, you can sand down any other parts of the cabinet that may have become uneven or time.

Step 5 - Finish

Now that everything has been cleaned off and dried, you can decide what you want to do with them. If you choose to paint then you can prime first and then use paint. Or you can just stain the wooden cabinets to your liking.

Step 6 - Put Back Together

Now you can screw the cabinets back in place with the same hardware and then put the handles back on.

Now you have a brand new look to your kitchen without blowing your budget!