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Kitchen Cabinet Update: All New or Refreshed?

by Becky Scherzer 11/07/2021

Photo by Jafar Mansuri on Unsplash

To resurface or replace? That's the question. Consider replacing if:

  • They have significant water or humidity damage.
  • They're poorly constructed and/or falling apart.
  • The design frustrates. You could do better starting over.
  • The style can't be easily updated, for example, floral moldings.
  • The cost to refinish is more than new cabinets. It can be.
  • Otherwise, you may want to refinish what you have to make your cabinets.

    How to Replace Cabinets

    Replacing cabinets rarely involves building them yourself. Most kitchen remodeling professionals don't even do that. You can purchase pre-made cabinets. They'll fit in most kitchen. But don't forget to measure.

    Start by evaluating how the cabinets are attached. Most cabinets simply unscrew from the wall for clean removal. You can now hang new ones in their place. But remember, if you need to stain or finish, always do that and let them dry before hanging. It will just be easier when they're on the floor or a work table.

    If it's just the hardware you don't like, consider replacing it instead of the whole cabinet. That's generally a small job that just needs a screwdriver and new handles.

    How to Give Cabinets a New Look

    A coat of paint or stain can work wonders. But know that refinishing actually takes a lot longer than hanging new. Plan for three to eight weekends of work and a semi-functional kitchen during that time. The more cabinets, the longer it will take. Let's get started

  • Choose your resurfacing medium. Polyurethane, varnish, paint, lacquer, shellac, penetrating oil or vinyl are all excellent choices. Purchase this, a stripping agent, clothes and brushes and your local home supply.
  • Ventilate. Open some windows and turn on your stove vent to keep the smells from overpowering you. Safety first.
  • Clean the surfaces. They may have collected years of grease, dust and hand oil.
  • Protect your kitchen by laying down plastic 
  • Remove the hardware and soak it in soapy water. Scrub it, if needed. But a good soak should do most of the work.
  • Strip & refinish the cabinets according to the instructions on the finish you choose. If you're getting creative with alternating colors or finishes, you may want to remove the doors and lay painter tape to create crisp contrasts between shade. 
  • Once dry, replace your glistening hardware. And you're done. 
  • *Pro tip* Some woods soak up oils like a sponge, so you might need multiple coats to achieve the desired look. That's one reason the job takes multiple weekends since each layer must dry.

    About the Author
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    Becky Scherzer

    Welcome! Looking to buy or sell real estate in the St. Louis area, don’t look any further than Becky Scherzer and Scherzer Real Estate for all of your needs! My family and I have lived in the St. Louis area for more than 50 years, so I know the St. Louis area! In addition, I am a full-time agent with the #1 real estate office in the St. Louis area and the #1 real estate company in the country! My mission is to create a much different brand of real estate services, one that exceeds expectations, delivers results and exceptional service at a level never seen before in the industry. When you choose me to represent you in selling your home or buying a new home, I will work with you to an extent unmatched by any other Realtor. I invest a great deal of time, energy and money to ensure not only the highest sales price possible for your home or finding your new dream home, but that the process, your experience, is as smooth and stress-free as possible. I am fortunate to have the support of a group of highly trained professionals to assist me in ensuring a seamless, efficient and straightforward path to your success. I will continuously evolve to meet the challenges of our very dynamic, ever-changing market conditions. What will never change is my commitment to provide my clients the level of expertise and innovation they deserve. Getting great advice on selling your home or buying a new home is simple, JUST ASK me!