Refinishing Kitchen Doors

If you are looking to remodel your kitchen, one of the main projects you will undertake is refinishing your kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cupboard doors are something relatively easy to change without needing to do major demolition, but also something that makes a huge difference in how the kitchen looks.

You may opt to reface your kitchen cupboard doors with a nice, clean white finish.

There are several different options for cabinet designs that you can attempt. Your first option is to re-stain or repaint them as is. You will need to remove the kitchen doors from the cabinets as well as any hinges and hardware. You want clean surfaces to work with. You do not have to keep working around a handle or a hinge. Both the doors and the cabinet frames that are left hanging on the walls will need to be sanded down to get rid of the old finish. Once you have a clean slate you can paint them or stain them any way you like. Then all you have to do is re-hang everything.

When it is time to re-hang the kitchen cabinet doors you will want to decide whether you are going to use the old hardware or start fresh with something new. Changing a detail as small as the handles on the cabinet doors can make a huge difference in how a room looks.

Remember to consider the rest of the kitchen when you are refinishing your cabinets. For example, not all kitchen island designs with seating will have cabinet doors for you to refinish in the same manner as the rest of the cabinets. Instead, they may be blocks with appliances and no doors. In this instance, you will have to refinish the walls of your island just as you refinish the cabinet frames. Many kitchens used to have white cabinets and islands with white walls surrounding the sink and the dishwasher. Refinishing the cabinet doors means having to redo the walls around the island as well so that everything matches.

If you want to make a bigger change then color, you might consider cutting out the center of the cabinet doors. If you replace the center part of each cupboard door with glass, it will provide an entirely different look to the kitchen. The more open design is much more suited to a modern space and it gives you a way to get rid of any beveling which is definitely traditional and not modern. Glass is not the only thing you can replace the centers with, either.  You will also see kitchens with aluminum in the center of the cabinets. You can punch the aluminum with designs or add a polish that really makes them shine.

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