Florida how to refinish cabinets

Refinishing kitchen cabinets in Florida is well worth the time it takes to do it. You start out with a room that is dim and dingy and end up with a brighter, cleaner kitchen. It only takes a few basic steps to refinish your cabinets.

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Decide How You Will Refinish your Kitchen Cabinets

The first thing you need to do is decide what you will do with your cabinets. You can paint the cabinets or stain and varnish the cabinets. It all depends on what look you want your kitchen to have. You can paint after about any finish has been put on. You will be limited, though, in what stains will work with your wood. In other words, if you have a dark wood like mahogany, you will not be able to put a light pine finish on it. It just will not work.

Gather All the Materials You Will Need

After you determine how you are refinishing your kitchen cabinets, get all the materials you need, most of which should be available to you locally in Florida. Get the paint or stain and finishing agent, of course. However, you will also need: de-greaser, medium grade sandpaper, tack cloth, primer (if you are painting) and good quality paintbrushes. This is not a job where you want to use rollers or sponges. Now, you take the cabinets down. If you are just refinishing the fronts, take them down. This is easily done by unscrewing a few screws and taking off the hinges. Most drawer pulls are put on with screws also. You do not even have to empty the cupboards or drawers if you do it right and you have standard hardware.

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Clean the Cabinets

Take the cabinets or cabinet fronts into a room or garage where you will do your refinishing. Make sure the room is one where the cabinets will be able to dry without having too much dust stick to their surfaces. Your next job will be to clean the cabinets. If they are like most kitchen cabinets, they are covered with grease and grime. All of that has to come off before you can start refinishing them. Use a good de-greaser and scrub them hard. If you are refinishing a kitchen cabinet that has been painted or varnished before, you will be removing that substance as well, in most cases. You can use oil paint over latex, but if you use latex paint over oil, it will peel. Therefore, if the original paint was oil and you want to use latex, you will have to completely do away with that finish. Ask your paint dealer what kind of chemical product to use to remove the old finish that is on your cabinet. Take along a sample drawer front for your paint dealer to inspect.

Sand First, then Stain or Paint, then Sand Again

Next, you have to sand the cabinets to smooth them. Use medium grade sandpaper and sand them thoroughly and evenly. Be aware that if you are refinishing your kitchen cabinets and you start sanding too soon, you will be grinding grease and dirt right into the surfaces of your cabinets. When you do sand, you want a clean, smooth surface to work with.When the surface is ready for stain or paint, you can apply it with care. If you stain, wait the recommended time before you put on a varnish or polyurethane finish. If you paint, let it dry for several days. In either case, put on the paint or varnish in several thin coats and sand between each coat. When you are finished, do the final sanding with fine sandpaper. The final step to refinishing them is to install them and reinstall the hardware. Once you have done that, you will have a brand new look.

How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets - The 3 Step Easy Guide

how to refinish cabinets Note: Be sure to lay down drop cloths to cover counter tops, floors and appliances that you were unable to move. The best job will be accomplished with appliances removed to gain easy access to all parts of cabinets. Use newspaper along with 1" masking tape to cover counter tops, edges, and anything else that you need to protect when applying primer and finish. A very cheap way to be safe.Believe it or not, if you've been following this series of articles, most of the hard work is done. Its all downhill from here. So, lets continue and you'll soon see your new cabinets. Now that your cabs and doors are clean and sanded, your going to get out a 3"-4" roller, and the primer. Now its time to start priming Everything that your going to put your new finish on. Start with the Inside of the doors( if your going to do them).Find an area, garage, patio, spare room, anywhere you can lay down your doors on some plastic drop cloths, outside down. Would be Ideal to use some Dixie cups or something you may have around the house, to raise the doors slightly so they're not flat on the floor, will help not to stick to drop cloth.Know using your roller, begin to roll a light coat of primer on the inside. Continue until all the doors insides and edges are covered. If you can see through the primer, that's OK. Just be sure its covered. Now work on the cabs while these dry because you'll have to turn them to prime the outside later. Now, after all the insides of the doors are primed, move on over to the cabs and proceed to prime the insides, just as you did with the doors, just a light coat is good. Remember to start on the uppers first, then move on down to the lowers.After you finish priming the cabs inside, you can now start to prime the outside of the cabs. As you did the inside, a light, even coat of primer is all you need. Uppers first, and don't forget under the uppers. If your cabs are made of poor quality( particle board as many are) you may need 2 light coats or more. After you finish all the upper and lower cabs, this should have given your doors enough time to dry. If they're not dry, wait until they are dry, turn them over and prime the front of all the doors. After all the doors are primed on both sides, and all edges, its time to re-inspect everything.Now that everything is primed, this makes inspection much better. Any small holes, cracks, and anything that you may have missed, will now show up much better. Look at everything and whatever you find that needs to be filled, this is the time to do that..After your satisfied all repairs are now done, just cover any added repairs with some primer, and your now ready to put on the finish. Your almost done with this project. Final article, step #4 will finish your new cabinets.