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Do-It-Yourself Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Do-It-Yourself Kitchen Cabinet Makeover By Shea Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen and you are tired of looking at the same dingy cabinets that have been there for years, then you need a kitchen cabinet makeover. There are some very inexpensive refinishing products available for you to make your kitchen cabinets look clean and new again. This simple project will give your entire kitchen a fresh new look.

Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

To begin, you should clean each kitchen cabinet thoroughly by using a mild soap and warm water. This will remove all of the grease, food, and dust that have accumulated over time. After allowing your cabinets to dry, you can begin preparing for your refinishing project.

Next, you should remove all of the handles or knobs and the actual doors and hinges from each kitchen cabinet. Then you should use sand paper to scrub the top layer of paint or varnish off of the cabinets and their doors.

Having a smooth surface will allow the new paint or varnish to adhere to the surface better. After cleaning up the sand paper dust, you should then prepare your paint or varnish for refinishing.

When you are ready to actually refinish each kitchen cabinet, you will need to paint two coats on each side of the doors, the cabinet frames, and the sides of your cabinets. Allow this to dry for at least 24 hours.

Adding the Finishing Touches to Your Cabinet

After the finish is dry, you are on your way to completing your refinishing project. You can then begin fixing the handles or knobs back on the doors, along with the hinges and other necessary hardware. After that, you can put your doors back on. Your cabinets will look brand new again and you'll enjoy the new look of your kitchen for many years to come.

About the Author
An accomplished educator and writer, Shea Richardson has several years of teaching experience in the Georgia public school system. She holds a degree in Education from Georgia State University and specializes in topics spanning technology, education, and group dynamics.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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