2 Tips To Help You Prepare Your Kitchen Cabinets For A New Look

23 May 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Planning for a kitchen remodel that fits in your budget is often a battle many homeowners face. The cost for replacing your kitchen counters, flooring, appliances, and cabinets can add up quickly, but you can save some cash by refinishing or repainting your existing cabinets to give them an entirely new look and a new life. Here are some tips to help this project be a successful one and give you the results and the new look you want for your kitchen remodel.

Clean the Cabinet Exteriors

Kitchen cabinets live inside your kitchen their entire life, and if they are in need of refinishing, they may be several decades old. Before you can apply any new paint or faux finish, you will need to remove the years of cooking build-up and kitchen residues from their surfaces. 

You can use a liquid dish soap with some warm water and a rag or sponge to clean the surfaces of all your cabinets. Be sure to clean the front and back of the doors and the front panels that sit behind the doors, as these will also need to be painted and will have been exposed to kitchen residues. Don't forget the underside and sides of any cabinets, and the top of the cabinets, if you want to repaint this area. 

If you need a stronger cleaning agent to prepare the cabinet's surfaces, use a trisodium phosphate (TSP) cleaner and a rag to remove the build-up. This cleaner is a little stronger than regular dish soap, and you should wear rubber gloves while you clean with it so it does not harm your skin.

Repair Any Damage

Before you can begin to apply any paint or other finish to your cabinets, you should repair and fill in any dents, dings, and moisture damage. First, sand down the area where the damage exists to expose the bare wood of your cabinets. Use a wood filler putty and press it into the damaged area with a putty knife. Smooth the surface of the damage with the putty knife to blend in the patch to the surrounding surfaces. 

If your cabinets have become moisture damaged, as can often happen to cabinets that sit beneath the kitchen sink, you will need to sand down any warping to the wood and sand off or lift and cut off any peeling and flaking veneer. Use a utility blade to cut off any warped and peeling veneer. Use the wood putty filler to patch over any sanded-off wood or peeled off veneer so the cabinet's surface matches the surrounding areas. After the filler has dried, sand it to make the area smooth.

Use these two tips to help you as you repaint or refinish your kitchen cabinets. Talk to a contractor, like Logan Construction, for more help.


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