Sometimes refurbishing existing kitchen cabinets can be difficult or not worth the time and expense. This is generally the case when mold or water has caused the materials to warp or rot resulting in pervasive structural damage to the body of the cabinets. However, when you can reuse your existing cabinets, refurbishing is a very cost effective way to give them a new look. The first step is to evaluate each cabinet’s condition and functionality.
What parts need to be repaired? It may be a very simple task to fix interior shelving or replace missing screws. If damage is limited to one panel or a single drawer, it may be possible to repair the problem area with some DIY carpentry work.
How is it possible to make cabinets in kitchens look new – even if they are not? As surfaces age they often accumulate scratches, dents, and other roughed up spots. Depending on the scope of the defects, it may be a simple procedure to sand or fill them in with a little wood putty before applying a new finish.
For cabinets made of composite materials, adding a new laminate facing can cover up a multitude of surface problems. Solid wood cabinets can be sanded down (or treated with a stain stripping product) and then brightened up with a fresh coat of stain and sealant. For cabinets that have already been painted in the past, introducing a new color theme with an application of medium gloss paint is a good option.