To refresh undamaged kitchen or bathroom cabinets without spending much time or money, resurface them. In addition to being easy on the pocketbook, this project is environmentally friendly because it prevents wastefulness. Modernize your cabinets by following the steps below, using this to kick off a room remodel.
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Step 1: Use the screwdriver to remove the cabinet doors and the fronts of drawers, retaining the screws and hinges. Sand the main cabinet box and unit ends lightly by hand so the self-adhesive covering will adhere more effectively to the wood.
Step 2: Remove sanding dust and wood splinters with the tack cloth. Dip the rags in warm, soapy water and use them to lightly wash the cabinets. Do not soak the wood too much and dry the surface after washing.
Step 3: Measure cabinet heights and widths with the tape measure and record the measurements.
Step 4: Cut the self-adhesive covering to the appropriate dimensions with the utility knife. Cut each side one inch wider than the measurements so each surface will be sufficiently covered.
Step 5: Apply the wood glue to the surface of the end panel, working in a zigzag pattern. Immediately wipe off excess glue.
Step 6: Peel the backing from the self-adhesive covering and align the covering with the surface of the end panel containing the glue. Press the covering onto the surface firmly and push it into place. Use the scissors or utility knife to trim off excess covering from the edges.
Step 7: Repeat Steps 5 and 6 for each cabinet surface being covered.
Step 8: Sand down the edges of the covering for a smooth finish. To ensure that the covering is evenly affixed and secured, apply pressure to the cabinet surfaces.
Step 9: Let the glue dry and then reattach the drawer fronts and cabinet doors with the screwdriver, screws, and hinges.
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