How to Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets: Cabinet Refacing in the Delaware Valley

If you want to update your kitchen, refacing your cabinets is one of the best home improvement projects you can take on. Homeowners in the Delaware Valley can rely on the professionals at CPOS for cabinet refacing services. Here is a quick guide explaining how to reface kitchen cabinets to beautify your space.

How to Reface Kitchen Cabinets

Refacing kitchen cabinets isn’t the easiest home improvement job to tackle, but you can do it if you have the right tools, materials, time and skillset to get the results you desire. Here’s everything you should know about how to reface kitchen cabinets. If you’d rather leave the hard work to the professionals, CPOS offers trusted cabinet refacing services that use only the highest quality materials that not only deliver a beautiful finish but are also very durable to last. CPOS has been in business since 2010 and has perfected the cabinet refacing process.

Gather Tools and Measurements

You will need to measure your cabinets’ doors, drawers, inside edges, and end panels so you can purchase your new ones in the correct sizes. Take accurate measurements of each rail and stile to determine the overall size of each cabinet. Next, measure all doors, drawer fronts, and end panels. Take measurement of the width and height down the 1/16”. Here is a list of tools you will need to reface your kitchen cabinets.

  • A File
  • Hammer and Finishing Nails
  • Drill and Drill Bits
  • Marking Knife
  • Router / Flush-trim Router Bit
  • Specialty Cabinetry Tools – Seeming Tool
  • Table / Circular Saw
  • A Screwdriver
  • Hinge-Boring Jig / Mounting Screw Insert / Boring Insert / 35MM Boring Bit
  • Veneer Edge Trimmer
  • Veneer Roller
  • Laminate Cutter

Purchase Materials

After you’ve gathered your tools and taken the appropriate measurements, you can order the new doors and drawers. First, you need to decide how much of an overlay you want. A half-inch is the most common overlay. The overlay you choose will determine the new size of your cabinets, and this will tell you what size drawers and doors you need for the refacing process. You will also need sheets of wood veneer and plywood to give your cabinets a professional, finished look.  If you plan to add crown molding or trim, that will also need to be measured for and purchased in the same material.

Prepare Your Cabinets

Before refacing your cabinets, you should remove anything inside of them, take off the doors and drawer fronts, and clean the face frames using denatured alcohol. Next, you should sand the surfaces so the veneer adhesive can stick properly. Once you’ve finished sanding, you can use the denatured alcohol to clean up any dust or residue.

Add End Panels

End panels can be installed using construction adhesive and finishing nails. Be sure to position the panel exactly the way you want it before adhering it to the cabinet.

Apply Veneer

Applying veneer to the face frames of your cabinets is an important step that should not be skipped. Veneer gives your refaced cabinets a polished look. Using your laminate cutter, you can create strips that fit perfectly on the face frames. Start by veneering the inside edges of the door frames, next apply to the front of the stiles. You can trim it flush with a compact router and flush-trim bit. With the FastCap seaming tool and a marking knife, trim the stile veneer flush to the rail. Finally, apply veneer to the rail. Using the seaming tool again, trim it to fit. When applying the strips, press down firmly using the veneer application tool to create a smooth, bubble-free finish. This is an extremely important step in order to avoid peeling or edges that can get caught and pulled up during normal day to day use.

Attach Doors and Drawers

Finally, you can attach the new drawers and doors to complete your cabinet refacing project. On your new cabinet doors, you will need to drill for cup hinges and add new hinges. With the hinges attached to the doors, you can next attach the hinge plates to the face frames. Adjust the doors so they look square to the face frame. Once the doors are adjusted, line the drawer fronts up with the tops and bottoms of the doors. Attach them to the drawer boxes with drawer mounting screws. At this time, you can also upgrade your cabinets’ hardware for a fresh, modern look. With a shop-made hardware drilling jig, drill the holes for the handles and drawer pulls.

Contact CPOS for Cabinet Refacing Services

Purchasing tools, finding materials, and completing the whole refacing process takes a considerable amount of time, money, and skill. Sometimes, it’s easier to let someone else do the job. CPOS is the go-to company for professional kitchen makeovers, and we would love to help you give your kitchen a facelift. If you’re ready to start your cabinet refacing project, contact CPOS today.

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