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by:Hench Hardware     2021-03-06

Step 1: Set a visual goal; Assemble your tools

Make a game plan for your renovation. How would you like your kitchen cabinets to look? Decide whether you want to replace your cabinet doors, knobs or handles, and how you'd like to refinish or repaint your cabinets.

Once you have a good idea how you want your kitchen cabinets to look and feel, it's time to gather all the necessary renovation tools you'll need for this job (don't worry, many of theses tools are very affordable and can be found at any hardware store). You'll need:

Step 2: Remove all cabinet hardware

Next, before you begin any renovations it's best to strip away all of your cabinet's knobs or handles, and remove all shelves (if not bolted in place). If you choose to sand and/or paint your kitchen cabinets, you'll want to make sure these fixtures are out of the way so that they're not damaged or altered.

Once you've removed everything, you can decide which pieces you'll keep or replace. If your cabinets uses knobs, think about switching to handle (or vice-versa). If your cabinets doesn't use anything to open them, consider added a knob or a handle. There are many fun and decorative knobs & handles to choose from at thrift stores as well as online, which can serve as beautiful accents to your kitchen.

You'd be surprised at how versatile and effective this simple renovation is. You could even go as far as to intentionally change your cabinet handles every so often throughout the year to keep your kitchen cabinets fresh and exciting. Knobs and handle are not hard to replace, all it takes is a few twists of your screwdriver and you're ready to go! So get creative!

You should also buy screw hole caps, so that you can cover up any exposed holes you don't use.

Step 3: Remove Your Kitchen Cabinets' Doors

Most cabinet doors use standard screws and spring hinges to keep doors shut, so use a simple screwdriver and unscrew the door from it's hinges (it may take some elbow-grease to get the screws going...that's why I use a power tool). Now, there are several reasons for removing your doors from your kitchen cabinets:

If you decided to repaint or refinish your cabinets, it's important to remove the doors for a more professional result.

Maybe you've decided that an open concept (open shelves only) would be a better look for your cabinets, in which case your doors AND hinges must be removed entirely.

You decide to replace your existing cabinet doors with glass doors for a different overall effect.

So when you're removing your cabinet doors, remember to unscrew them starting from the hinges closes to the floor with the highest hinges last, that way the weight of the cabinet door is always supported until you're ready to remove the door completely.

If you decide to replace your cabinet doors instead of removing then for open concept, maybe you can reuse your existing hinges (leaving them attached to the cabinet), but often new doors come with new hinges (so always check first so as to not waste your time).

Step 4: Splash new paint onto your kitchen cabinets

Before you start to paint, you'll need to prepare your cabinets. For some kitchen cabinets, you may need to sand the area down a bit so that your new paint can adhere to the surface (assuming your cabinets are wood). Some cabinets are made of other material and shouldn't be painted over.

With protective paper (I'd use old newspaper) and painters' tape, cover any areas that you DO NOT want covered in paint. Again, get creating...use your painters' tape to trace different patterns into your cabinets, so that when you're finished painting you will have amazing designs that are all your own.

[Look up Edging (or Edge Painting). It's the process of using painter's tape and paint to create sharp edges (like lines and stripes) and even shapes.]

Also, try to remember to add painter's tape to the walls around your cabinets to protect them from paint. The best way to paint kitchen cabinets is to use small rollers for larger areas, and smaller brushes for tighter areas (like corners). Be prepared to add at least 2 coats of paint to make sure your full color shines.

Step 5: Restore your cabinet hardware (along with any changes)

Once you've let your paint dry for an hours or so, you can begin to restore your knobs, doors and shelves.

CAREFULLY REMOVE YOUR PAINTERS' TAPE! Remove your tape at a 45 degree angle from the surface and keep a close, steady tension to avoid ripping the tape or pealing your paint. Painters' tape has a time limit for removal so peal it as soon as possible.

Attach your newly purchased and/or painted doors to your cabinet, starting with the top hinges and working your way down. Have a buddy help steady the cabinet door while you drive in your screws. DO NOT tighten your screws until each hinge is attached. Adjust the cabinet door to make sure it's in its proper place and then tighten.

Screw in your decorative knobs or handles into your cabinet doors and you're finished! Your total kitchen cabinet renovation should take only 3-5 days from preparation, to reassembly...and should only cost a few hundred dollars.

Have Fun!

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