How to Reface Kitchen Cabinets and Avoid Making Common Mistakes
Knowing how to reface kitchen cabinets is a good start to giving your kitchen a fresh look. But knowing how is only half of the equation. You need to know what not to do. Anytime you do a home improvement project, there are problems you'll want to avoid.
1. Buying the Wrong Cabinet Refacing Supplies
Before you go to the home center, think through your whole cabinet refinishing process and take inventory of what you have on hand. It's the small items that can bring your whole project to a halt. If you'll be doing a great deal of sanding, buy a mask. If you are cutting veneer, make sure you have extra blades for your utility knife. Don't make a mistake like buying oil-based paint when you want water-based.
2. Underestimating Cabinet Refacing
Make sure you have budgeted properly--both money and time. Sanding, priming, painting--every step takes time. In between each layer of paint you have to let the cabinets dry completely. It might take longer than you think.
Plan your budget for all of the supplies you need. Knobs and drawer pulls can really add up quickly. If you need primer and glaze in addition to your paint, make sure you accounted for that.
3. Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets and Then Some
Keeping the refinishing to the kitchen cabinets and avoiding the floor, appliances, the kitchen table and the dog bowl is more of a challenge for some than for others. Making sure you have prepped your work area properly will save you from making some irreparable mistakes. Protect your floor with drop cloths, tape off your ceiling, cover your pendant lamps and your kitchen counter, take your dishes out of your cabinets.
All of these precautions will help you have a pleasant cabinet refacing experience.
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