Cabinet refacing is replacing or veneering the parts of the cabinet. The cabinet boxes stay in their current layout, but get a new finish with veneer. However, other parts such as drawer fronts and cabinet doors are completely replaced. Cabinet refacing can bring a whole new look to a kitchen with less cost. When a homeowner refaces his cabinets, he keeps the existing structure but spruces up hardware, drawer fronts, cabinet doors and other exterior surfaces. Refacing helps in reworking an already adequate kitchen with a facelift, without interrupting the daily activities.

Many people opt cabinet refacing when they want to update their kitchen, but don’t have a huge budget  to manage the entire demolition of the kitchen.

In this article, the basic steps involved in kitchen cabinet refacing are being discussed.

Reface Drawers and Doors with Veneer
A carpenter will start refacing your kitchen cabinets by removing the cabinet doors, drawers and all other hardware followed by veneering the fronts and doors. Usage of wood veneer tapes that would match the edges of the doors, will save lot of time.

Stain Cabinet Interiors
When all the cabinets are ready for staining, use a paintbrush or rag to stain the inside edges and the openings first, followed by the sides and finally the cabinet fronts. Apply a generous coat of stain, wipe away the excess and allow it to dry as per the manufacturer’s directions. Repeat the procedure twice for better results.

Finish Cabinets with Polyurethane
Kitchen cabinets are often affected heavily by the cooking heat, steam and cleanup splashes from day-to-day cooking and cleaning activities. The wooden surfaces need to get maximum protection from these cleanup splashes. Using of polyurethane will help in protecting the wood. It is recommended to use three coats of polyurethane to protect the wood.

Reassemble the Cabinets
The final procedure in cabinet refacing is to reassemble the cabinets by installing the door hinges. It is important that before you install the hinges, orient the doors so that the grain or pattern points are either up or down on all the doors. A uniform look would be more pleasing. Install door shock absorbers inside each cabinet opening to enable the doors open and close smoothly.

Cabinet reface provides homeowners with an affordable alternative to conventional kitchen remodeling, which means tearing out existing cabinets and replacing with new ones. With reface, your existing cabinets stay in place and the cost savings are substantial. Extra costs affiliated with flooring, electrical work and plumbing can be easily avoided. It is not always necessary to install new custom cabinets. If refacing is done properly, you can achieve the desired results at a very reasonable price.

This article was written by Ezekiel Burdge on behalf of Cabinet Coverup, offering you cabinet refacing and complete kitchen remodeling without the expense of complete kitchen cabinet replacement. To know more about the advantages of using veneer, visit wikipedia.

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