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On a Budget? Try DIY Kitchen Remodeling
One inexpensive way to update the look of your kitchen cabinets is by refinishing them. However, the amount of time required sometimes causes people to hire someone instead of attempting a DIY kitchen cabinet refinishing job. This can be a fairly simple project; it does not require any measuring or heavy lifting. With a little research and preparation before beginning, this project can be easily accomplished by a person with little DIY experience, and will save a lot of money!
Prepping for a DIY kitchen cabinet refinishing project
The first step in beginning a DIY kitchen cabinet refinishing project is to clean thoroughly, a simple solution of dish soap and water is great for cutting through the grease and grimy build-up that is often on kitchen cabinets. A chemical cleaner called trisodium phosphate (TSP) is also available commercially. Once the cabinets are grease-free, remove all knobs and pulls, and even the doors, if possible. Since you are going to have all of the cabinet and drawer fronts out at once, it is a good idea to number both the cabinet fronts and the place where they fit. If you have a garage available, this is an ideal place to do this project. There is plenty of ventilation and room. If you don't have a garage, find some other flat, well-ventilated place in your home (or outside) that you can use.
Steps to DIY kitchen cabinet refinishing
DIY kitchen cabinet refinishing is simple, but tedious and must be done following these steps. In order to apply new finish, you first have to remove the old finish. This can be done using sanding sponges for the initial sanding; these sponges may be all you need, but if not use a fine grit of sandpaper to complete the process.
Once the sanding is complete and the old finish has been removed, clean the dust up. A shop vac or other vacuum works well for this. After the dust has been cleared, apply the stain you have chosen to the cabinet doors using clean white cloths. Apply the stain over the entire surface, and then go back over with a new cloth, rubbing stain into scratches and nicks in the wood and wiping up drip marks. You may have to apply more than one coat of stain to achieve the desired affect. Allow a drying time of 16 to 24 hours before applying another coat. Once your doors have dried, you can apply your choice of finish material, such as varnish or a polyurethane coating. However, be sure to read the instructions of the finish you choose, because some don't work well with certain stains.