Cabinet refinishing is a method of covering up older cabinet doors with an entirely new look. It is an especially useful method when a room has been updated and has done away with many of the old decorations and needs a whole new look. There are many options available when it comes to cabinet refacing. You can have the cabinet refaced from scratch, using unfinished cabinet doors. This is an excellent option if you know what kind of effect you want or are planning on doing the work yourself. You can even have the cabinet refaced using solid wood, if you prefer.
One option is to use a full overlay, which consists of sanding down the surface, applying a clear veneer to cover the existing door surfaces, and putting on a fresh top coat. This allows you to create a brand new look without having to completely replace the doors, and the drawers. Another option is to use a “drawer refacing” service. This option means putting on a new finish and then sanding everything down to remove scratches. Then, you simply apply a thin coat of polyurethane over the newly sanded surfaces to protect them, and your cabinet refinishing is complete.
If your cabinet doors have been damaged somehow or stained, you may not be able to just sand them down to match the new surfaces. If this is the case, you need to take some additional steps to make sure your remodeling project looks as good as possible. First of all, you should always plan to repair or replace damaged parts. This way, you will avoid further damage to your already compromised cabinet doors. Here are some tips for making sure your remodeling project turns out right:
First, try using finishing compound or paint to seal up any rough edges, chips, or blemishes on the doors. This will prevent moisture from seeping into the cabinetry and potentially weakening the structure of your cabinets. If you do not have these components, consider purchasing cabinet replacement doors instead of trying to refinish the doors yourself. Many hardware stores carry cabinet doors that are ready to be installed and can save you a lot of money in cabinet refinishing costs.
One thing you may notice when you are doing a lot of cabinet refinishing is the buildup of mineral stains on the surface of your original cabinets. For this type of situation, simply follow the same steps as with the rough spots, but just use a mineral stain cleaner instead of a sanding paste. This will eliminate the buildup without disturbing the wood’s natural pattern. You may also want to use a primer before you start installing new cabinet coatings. This will ensure that the new coatings will properly adhere to the existing ones.
You should always consult a cabinet refinishing company before you undertake cabinet refinishing projects of this nature. Make sure that you plan for everything, including the new hardware. It may seem easier to install all the new hardware yourself, but it is possible that you will damage the wood or damage the finish. If you are not skilled at cabinet refinishing, then contact a professional. The quality of work you do will be greatly improved if you hire someone who is.