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If you have decided that it is finally time to tackle the job of refinishing your kitchen cabinets, then here are some tips to ensure that you get professional results:
Tip 1: Label Doors with Their Location
When you remove the cabinet doors to prepare them for paint or stain, take a moment to help your future self and label them with their locations. Especially with older cabinets and those which have been custom made to fit your kitchen, all of the doors will not be an exact match and the hardware locations may have small variances. Rather than trying to figure out which door goes where like a bad jigsaw puzzle, label them with a small piece of easily removable masking tape.
Tip 2: Soak Hardware to Remove Grease and Paint
When you remove the hardware from your cabinets to refinish them, place all of the hardware into a bowl filled with a couple of tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent and very hot water. Let the hardware soak for at least a day, and then remove it from its bath, scrub off any remaining grease or paint, and then dry the hardware well.
Tip 3: Sand, Sand, and Sand More
As with all painting and staining projects, the better you sand and prepare the surface, then the better the final result will look. To get the smoothest and cleanest wood possible to apply the new finish, first sand the cabinets with a coarse sandpaper. Once you get down to the fresh wood, switch to a smaller grit for a satin smooth surface. And, before you apply paint or stain, make sure that you either blow off all of the dust with an air compressor or remove it completely with a tacky cloth.
Tip 4: Use the Best Brush Possible
If you are going to paint your kitchen cabinets with a brush, then it is vital that you use the best paintbrush possible. Inexpensive paint brushes and foam brushes just won't give a high-quality finish. Choose a natural bristle brush and consider having a paint additive added that aids with self-leveling to reduce any brush marks on the final finish.
Tip 5: Consider Using a Marine Varnish
Finally, if you often get water on your cabinets or have young children in your home, then you should consider applying a marine varnish over the top of the new paint or stain. Marine varnish is a bit more expensive than a traditional wood varnish, but it creates and lasting surface that can take some abuse and still look fantastic.
For more tips on making the most of your kitchen cabinets, contact a company like Leon Supply.Share