How to reface kitchen cab­i­nets

Lesotho Times - - Property -

Whether you want to give your kitchen a new feel, tone down the wood-look or change the style, there are two easy tech­niques you should con­sider.

the two most af­ford­able ways you can give your kitchen a makeover in­clude paint­ing or ‘refac­ing’ the kitchen cab­i­nets.

Be­fore you start, you should know that this is not a week­end project, no mat­ter how small your kitchen is. Proper prepa­ra­tion is es­sen­tial, and that means tak­ing the time to re­move all doors and hard­ware.

Give dated or dam­aged kitchen cab­i­nets a more mod­ern look by refac­ing the sur­face.

Cab­i­net refac­ing is achieved by ap­ply­ing a thin ve­neer or lam­i­nate to the car­cass, frame, sides and doors of kitchen cab­i­nets. Not only can you save a con­sid­er­able amount of money, but if done prop­erly, you can add value to your prop­erty.

You will need — Multi-sander and or­bital sander, plus 80-, 120- and 240-grit sand­ing pads or Plas­con re­movall for var­nish or painted sur­faces — Clean cloths — Formica lam­i­nate, choose from a wide se­lec­tion of styles Con­tact ad­he­sive — Pres­sure roller — Stan­ley knife or qual­ity craft knife

Here’s how 1. re­move all the hard­ware (han­dles, hinges and knobs) from the cab­i­net doors and car­cass. Put these aside in a safe place so as not to lose any pieces or, if you de­cide to dis­card them, shop around for more mod­ern fit­tings. 2. Sand­ing is an es­sen­tial step to pre­pare cab­i­nets made from lam­i­nate. Painted, van­ished or sealed cab­i­nets will need to be sanded too to re­move the coat­ing. Depend­ing on the thick­ness of the ex­ist­ing coat­ing, start with an 80grit sand­pa­per to re­move heav­ily lay­ered paint or var­nish. You can fol­low this up with a 120-grit sand­pa­per and fin­ish up with 240-grit sand­ing.

this process will pre­pare the sur­face for easy and long-last­ing ve­neer or lam­i­nate ap­pli­ca­tion. Al- ter­na­tively, you can ap­ply Plas­con re­movall as rec­om­mended.

3. Com­pletely wipe down the cab­i­net doors and any other sanded parts to re­move all traces of dust. Par­tic­u­larly pay at­ten­tion to the cor­ners, as this will af­fect the ad­he­sion of new ve­neer or lam­i­nate, and could re­sult in the new sur­face peel­ing off.

4. Once you’ve de­cided on whether to ap­ply ve­neer or lam­i­nate, you’ll need to ask your hard­ware store or tim­ber mer­chant to trim it down to a man­age­able size. Both ve­neer and lam­i­nate are sup­plied in large sheets so you’ll need to de­ter­mine the sizes needed for the job by mea­sur­ing up all the ar­eas to be covered.

to do this, mea­sure the up­right (stiles) and hor­i­zon­tal (rails) area of each car­cass, as well as the sides of the car­cass (if vis­i­ble) and the front, top, bot­tom and sides of doors.

5. For both ve­neer and wood grain lam­i­nate, cut the ma­te­rial so that the wood grain al­ways runs length- wise. Ap­ply con­tact ad­he­sive to the back of the lam­i­nate strip and onto the stile or rail. Let this sit un­til the sur­face is no longer tacky to touch. Stick the ma­te­ri­als from the top or bot­tom, and press them hard as you move up or down.

6. Once the strip is firmly stuck to the sur­face and be­fore it cures, use a wood block or pres­sure roller to firmly press down on the full length of the strip. this ac­tion will force out air bub­bles and en­sure com­plete ad­he­sion.

7. Use a Stan­ley knife or sharp craft knife to trim the ex­cess ma­te­rial that over­laps the cab­i­net open­ing.

run the knife along the in­ner edge of the frame as a guide. Go slowly and ap­ply pres­sure against the back edge as you cut to pre­vent slip­ping and dam­ag­ing the strip.

8. trim the top, bot­tom and outer edges. When trim­ming at the joint be­tween two cab­i­nets, use a straight­edge as a guide. For eas­ier trim­ming, you can use a tork Craft edge trim­mer which can be found at your lo­cal Builders Ware­house.

DIY tip Change your knife blade of­ten to keep your cuts clean.

Be­fore tack­ling door fronts, con­sider your op­tions. You can buy a wide se­lec­tion of ready-made door styles that of­fer you an easy way to up­date a kitchen.

re­ju­ve­nat­ing the look of your kitchen can be done on the cheap or planned to use up some set-aside sav­ings. Play around with your op­tions and use your imag­i­na­tion to create a ‘new look’ for your kitchen.

— Prop­erty24

Re­ju­ve­nat­ing the look of your kitchen can be done on the cheap or planned to use up some set-aside sav­ings.

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