Cabinet Refacing
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Cabinet Refacing

DIY Cabinet Refacing

DIY Cabinet Refacing Overview

First, you will need to prepare the face frames and end panels for adhesive covering. Remove your old doors, drawers and cabinet moldings; which can be easily done with using a flathead screw driver. Remove loose coatings from the surface as depressions should be filled with wood putty and sanded smooth. Lightly sand any surfaces you plan to cover with adhesive coverings and clean the surface with a mild dishwashing liquid and water. Lastly as part of the preparation process, remove any dust or sanding particles with a tack cloth before applying your adhesive coverings.

Cabinet Refacing DIY instructions continued

Apply your cut-to-size plywood to the cabinets and panels. Administer wood glue to the back of the plywood, fit to the end of the panel and use finishing nails to secure. Sand the edges of the plywood flush to the cabinet and use a tack cloth to clean the sanding dust. Cut your adhesive strips into ½" wider and a couple inches longer than your face frames and apply the adhesive covering to the cabinet frames. Starting with the stiles, peel enough backing from the top of the strip to anchor with the face frame. Address your rails by peeling back just enough backing and overlap on the top and bottom sections of the rails. Trim your overlap from both stiles and rails then hinge the door to the frame.

Lastly, prepare your old drawer box to accept the new drawer fronts and you are done.