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  • Feb 26 / 2013
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How To Make Your Old Cabinets Brand New


Are you sick and tired of those cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom? Did the previous owners of your home have terrible taste in cabinetry? You can change the look of a room dramatically by simply refinishing your cabinets. It’s simple to avoid spending tons of money and making this a DIY project and sharing it with your friends and family.

For this project you need couple of clean rags, plenty of 220-grit sandpaper, sealer primer of your choice, paint brush and a paint roller, polyurethane, and your selected paint or stain.

You’ll want to choose a paint color or stain you really love, so take some time to think it over. Take a visit to your local hardware store to grab the remaining supplies you need. Hardware stores will have paint professionals that can offer your some helpful suggestions for your DIY project.

Make sure to purchase gloves and a safety mask during this project, so you don’t inhale any dust or paint fumes. Take proper safety precautions if any fumes get to your or if children are around.


It’s time to clean! Make sure your rags are clean and wash each cabinet down with warm water. After a good scrub down, you may find that a deep cleaning is all your cabinets needed. In that case, finish cleaning them, make the appropriate touch ups, and move on. However, if you want to continue keep on reading!


As soon as the cabinets are dry, rub them down with your 220-grit sandpaper. Really rough them up. Make sure you have more sandpaper, because you’re going to need plenty of it for this project.


With your sealer primer, paint the surface and wait for it to dry. This would be a great time for a nap.


Now it’s time to buff your newly primed surface with sandpaper again. Wipe away the dust with a dry rag. This is a laborious task, but the effort you’re putting it will pay off greatly.


Now it’s time to paint. Tape off any sections you see fit for other colors. Use a paint roller or paintbrush and apply paint evenly. Don’t worry if you find you need multiple coats to get a perfectly even color, that’s expected! Just make sure you allow each coat to dry before moving on to the next, and remember to buff the cabinets down with your 220-grit sandpaper between coats.


When that last coat is dry, apply at least two coats of polyurethane. Buffer it with your sandpaper between coats. You’re finally done with the sand paper after this! Don’t forget to wipe away your dust after each and every coat.


After you’re done with the cabinets, consider replacing the knobs and hardware on the doors and drawers. Freshen up the rest of your bathroom by purchasing a new shower curtain and towels to match your new cabinet. Adding some little touches like candles and picture frames will liven up your space.

About the Author: Dwayne Smith writes for Granite Transformations, a company that manufactures bath and kitchen cabinets. If you are looking to make a new home more your own, a cabinet refacing can be a quick and easy solution.

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