Finishing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Finishing work done on your kitchen is an excellent way of livening up the living space and it also at the same time enhances the home value. The good thing is that with some positive attitude and a bit of organization, this could become a reality in a couple of days, even within a single weekend.

The J.D. Power Kitchen Cabinet Satisfaction Study carried out in 2014 examined key satisfaction drivers among clients who had in the recent past bought some kitchen cabinets. The Study revealed that today, due to increased competitiveness, the consumers are having more alternatives than ever when it comes to building, renovating and remodeling home projects. Other than just having to buy new cabinets for the kitchen, the consumer now has the option of refinishing the current cabinets.

Here we give a basic outline of refinishing your cabinets in the kitchen plus several clues on where to begin.

Plan And Think Ahead

Plan the kitchen project in a way that all the tools and materials get assembled ahead of your getting started. Some of the more basic supplies which you might find to be handy include:

Hand tools like a hammer, scrapers and screw drivers

Sanding blocks

Sponges and rags

Quality sprayer or paint brushes

Completely empty the cabinets

It becomes much easier for you to work on them without any loose stuff inside getting in your way. Therefore first empty the cabinets of all their contents.

Remove The Shelves And Doors

The majority of shelves simply just lift off their supports or pegs; some might require being pried off or unscrewed. Have all of them well labeled so that you will easily remember where they need to go after the job is done. Unscrew the doors where possible.

Have The Cabinets Thoroughly Cleaned

Any grease that remains on the cabinet surfaces is going to interfere with the refinishing. So meticulously have any spots of grease or grime removed first.

Gently sand away any rough sections of varnish or peeling paint until they become even and smooth.

Whenever any sanding is done, gently wipe the wood using a damp cloth to eliminate any persisting dust particles, and then leave the cabinet for a while to dry.

Get The Cabinet Hardware Cleaned

Unless if part of the project involves the replacement of the hardware, to have it cleaned gives the cabinets a new fresher look. Have the hardware soaked in some soapy water for about half an hour and then lightly scrubbing using a soft brush. After that, rinse, dry them, and then apply some polish.

Priming The Cabinets

It may become necessary to prime the cabinets before you start painting. The primer will seal the wood protectively; cover any blemishes, knots and stains.

Painting The Cabinets

For the most excellent finish, utilize a sprayer for that glossy, smooth and even appearance.

Whenever any work is being undertaken which could disturb off old paint, due care ought to be taken so as to steer clear of exposure from toxins contained in old paint. To use protective clothing and a suitable respirator will also besides offering protection, be meeting the requirements put in place by the Australian Department of Environment under Australian Standard 1716.