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How to Remodel Kitchen Cabinets

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If you are remodeling your kitchen and thinking about putting in new cabinets, you might want to consider giving your old kitchen cabinets a facelift instead. As a do-it-yourself project, it can save you money and at the same time get the quality look that you want.

Solid oak kitchen cabinet refacing system packages contemporary-styled solid oak cabinet doors, drawer fronts and matching peel-and-stick oak veneer into a step-by-step procedure designed especially for the do-it-yourselfer and one that requires no special tools or carpentry skills.

The system offers a variety of cabinet doors and drawer fronts to accommodate almost any kitchen cabinet you might have. Cabinet doors and drawer fronts both are three-quarters of an inch thick, with door fronts available in two panel styles. Cabinet fronts come in nine standard door sizes; drawer fronts are available in three sizes. Non-standard door sizes can be adjusted using framing strips.

The refacing system also includes matching peel-and-stick oak veneer for application over all front cabinet frame surfaces and exposed ends. The veneer features specially formulated pressure-sensitive adhesive to provide easy application as well as durability.

How to remodel kitchen cabinets:

The refacing process is a fourstep procedure that anyone with basic do-it-yourself skills can perform. Installing cabinet doors and applying the matching veneer is done as follows:

1. Remove all old cabinet doors, hinges and catches.

2. Match pre-selected doors with the appropriate cabinet door openings.

3. Apply peel-and-stick oak veneer over all old face frames and exposed side panels.

4. Apply the finish, add new hardware and complete the installation of the doors.

Installing new drawer fronts involves a similar four-step procedure:

1. Remove all drawers from cabinets and take off all handles, knobs or raised moldings. It is not necessary to remove the existing drawer fronts themselves because the new solid oak ones mount over the old ones. The replacement drawer fronts come in three sizes which will accommodate nearly all drawer sizes.

2. Using a hand saw, cut off any lip or overhang on your existing drawer fronts so that they are flush with the sides, top and bottom of the drawer.

3. Line up the new drawer front so that it centers over the trimmed drawer and covers the drawer opening completely.

4. Apply the finish, then, from the face side of the new drawer front, drill holes so you can attach new drawer handles. In most instances the screws used to attach the handles will be adequate to secure the new drawer front in place. Complete the installation of the drawer fronts.

The average kitchen is composed of 15 cabinet doors and 11 drawer fronts which take between 16 to 24 hours to reface and finish. For the relatively few hours involved, refacing may be the answer for the do-it-yourself enthusiast. Another advantage is less disruption to the normal everyday use of your kitchen. While you are refacing and remodeling kitchen cabinets, you still have the use of them.

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