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Inexpensive Ways Of Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

Inexpensive Ways of refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

Updating your kitchen cabinets doesn’t need to be expensive! We’re here to walk you through some of the steps needed for kitchen cabinet updates on a reasonable budget. In addition to changing up the paint, you may want to add extra features to the existing design. This can include handy storage like a free-standing island, pull out shelves, or even building a window seat complete with cabinets.


Kitchen cabinets are such a feature of every home. This does not mean that you need to replace them every time a chip appears but it may call for some regular maintenance. Let’s dig right into some inexpensive ways to refinishing kitchen cabinets!

Cabinet Refacing 

Kitchen cabinet re-surfacing is a way to transform the appearance of the existing kitchen while still maintaining the original layout. If your cabinet boxes are still in good condition you can simply replace the doors with new ones of a different design. The drawer fronts are another part that can be replaced. In addition to these replacements mentioned, you can also add a veneer over the cabinet sides and frames.

The advantages include:

  • Giving your kitchen a fresh and modern look (the doors are about 80% of what people see of the cabinets)
  • It’s a low budget revamp 
  • A shorter project time meaning little to no inconvenience to your life!

How to Repaint kitchen cabinets

If your cabinets have become dated and dull, you can simply repaint kitchen cabinets in the same colour! When painting the cabinets you may opt to use two contrasting colours, one for the lower half and the other for the top.

Repainting kitchen cabinets is an inexpensive way of restoring their colour. That means that you are adding a fresh coat onto an existing one, which requires some preparation. To carry out the repainting properly, follow these steps: 

  • Protect the floor with drop cloths or cardboard.
  • Clean the surfaces to be painted with a detergent and wait for it to dry. This is to remove grease and dirt.
  • Use a sanding block (100 grit sandpaper) to go over the surface and roughen it up slightly (but don’t sand to the bare wood!). This helps with adhesion.
  • Clean the dust left by the sanding using a tack cloth.
  • Plan to carry out the repainting in phases so that you can continue using the kitchen to cook and prepare food.
  • Use a good paintbrush, sprayer, or roller to apply the paint.

Refinishing kitchen cabinets 

You may not get the expected look after repainting kitchen cabinets. You may need to refinish them instead. This is almost the same process as painting except that you have to first strip off all the paint. That will require establishing what type of paint is on your cabinets and buying the appropriate stripper.

We recommend getting gel or semi-paste strippers for vertical surfaces because they do not drip as much. Ensure that your floor, counter tops and appliances are all covered.


Re-staining cabinets

Re-staining will enable you to change the existing colour of your old kitchen cabinets while also giving it a fresh look. This process of refinishing kitchen cabinets involves a clear finish and eco-friendly inexpensive coating to be applied. 

To re-stain your kitchen cabinets you will need to strip the old varnish using a removing chemical. Sand the wood down to its bare state and then apply the stain and two coats of varnish.

Re-Lacquer kitchen cabinets

Lacquer is a wood finish available in either a coloured or clear form. It dries either by the solvent’s evaporation or by a curing process. Both of which result in a hard, durable finish. The sheen level of the finish ranges from matte to high gloss and can be polished to the desired feel and look. It can be found in a variety of colours and is both eco-friendly and fairly inexpensive.

Your cabinets can be re-lacquered at any time, enabling you to change the colour of your kitchen cabinets easily. This allows you to keep up with the seasonal fashion changes of modern kitchen cabinets. The advantages of re-lacquering include ease of application, a number of colours to choose from, and a strong, distinctive look.


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