Every homeowner dreams of getting their kitchen cabinets remodeled. It’s because we spend most of our time home in the kitchen. Its’ where we enjoy time with our family, cook great food for us to enjoy, and it’s the best because we like to keep it clean. But exactly how much does a kitchen cabinet refinishing cost? Today we cover how kitchen remodeling companies like Fine Home Contracting calculate the cost to remodel kitchen cabinets.
But unlike the cost of remodeling a kitchen, kitchen cabinets are a little different as it is a much small job and gig.
Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing Process – Cost Included
If you have worn out kitchen cabinetry that you’re looking to spruce up before you contact a kitchen remodeling professional why not try to perform these few simple steps – that are well within any budget – to renovate your cabinets yourself. Improve your kitchen’s look and feel in no time at a fraction of the cost. It’s easy!
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.
Gathering All The Necessary Tools To Get The Kitchen Cabinets Done Right
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 these tools are very affordable and can be found at any hardware store). You’ll need:
Simple screwdriver set (power set for we who aren’t as strong):
– Painters’ Tape
– Small paint rollers
– Your choice of paint or stain
– A baggie (to keep any small screws and hardware pieces together)
– Small step ladder
– A buddy to help you (because no one should work alone)
– Step 2: Remove all cabinet hardware
Striping Down Your Kitchen Cabinets
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 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.
Deciding On Which Pieces To Keep Or Replace
Once you’ve removed everything, you can decide which pieces you’ll keep or replace. If your cabinets use knobs, think about switching to handle (or vice-versa). If your offices don’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 practical this simple renovation is. You could even go as far as to change your cabinet intentionally 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 its 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 offices, it’s essential to remove the entries 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 hooks last, that way the weight of the cabinet door is always supported until you’re ready to obliterate the entry.
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 entries come with new hooks (so always check first to not waste your time).
Step 4: Splash new paint on 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 offices 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 to be 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 fantastic designs that are all your own.