How Do You Redo Kitchen Cabinets?


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To redo kitchen cabinets, strip and re-stain the wood or add a fresh color of paint to brighten up a space. To update cabinets without changing the finish, add new hardware for an updated look.

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If wood cabinets are in good condition, but the stain is the wrong color, strip and re-stain the cabinets. To restore painted cabinets to their original stained look, the process is the same as stripping stained cabinets. Use a chemical stripper or heavy-duty sander to remove the existing finish. Once the stain or paint is gone, apply the new desired finish.

To update painted cabinets with a fresh color, lightly sand the cabinets so that the new finish is capable of adhering properly. Surfaces that are not sufficiently prepared for a new coat of paint may scuff and peel easily. All finishes should be cleaned well with a de-greaser, then rinsed with fresh water to remove all grease, dust and grime that has accumulated over the years.

For an updated look without stripping, sanding or painting, simply update hardware. Select new knobs, drawer pulls and hinges to match the newly decorated space. This quick update requires little effort, especially if the new knobs, pulls and hinges are the same sizes as those already existing in the space. Installing different sizes requires drilling, patching and painting over the old holes.

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