Kitchen cabinets are an important part of any kitchen. Not only do they add extra storage space, but they also help to define the look and feel of the room. If your kitchen cabinets are looking a little tired, don’t worry – there are ways to reinforce them and give them a new lease on life. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Remove the doors: Before you do anything, make sure to place your kitchen cabinets out of harm’s way. If they are still fixed to cupboards or walls, make sure that they are unattached before you start; if you aren’t careful it is easy to break the hinges when removing the doors.
Once you have made absolutely sure that your cabinets cannot move in any way, remove the doors carefully. This might be as simple as unscrewing them from the front edge or it may entail completely dismantling them. You will probably need a screwdriver and/or a hammer, depending on how secure your kitchen cabinet door hinges are.
Step 2: Rebuild one side Once each door has been removed unpack the hinges, screws, and any other fixings. Once you have them in front of you re-fix one side of the door to the kitchen cabinet frame. This may involve removing some screws or even dismantling small parts, depending on how your hinges are fixed together. Apply a generous amount of wood glue before reattaching each part with nails or screws – this will ensure that your new-and-improved kitchen cabinet doors are as secure as possible.
Step 3: Rebuild the other side: You should now have one fully rebuilt kitchen cabinet door ready for attaching back onto the cabinets. Simply repeat step 2 on all of your remaining doors until you have completed one whole side of your cabinets.
Step 4: Attach cupboard handles: Although your kitchen cabinet doors may look a little bare without any handles, it is important to add them before you move on to the second side of your cabinets. Kitchen cabinet handles can be expensive and this is not a job that you want to get wrong. To start with, measure the center of each cupboard door and mark out where you would like your handle to go. Make sure that it is centered and level before drilling the appropriately sized holes and screwing in some appropriate handle fixings.
Step 5: Add hinges and locks: You should now have two sides of reinforced kitchen cabinets ready for adding hinges, locks, or other fittings back onto their front edge. Follow exactly the same steps as above when replacing these fixings so that your cabinets look as good as new.
Step 6: Replace the kitchen cabinet doors: Finally, all that is left to do is replace your refitted kitchen cabinet doors and admire your work. Make sure that each door fits neatly into place before replacing any screws or other fixings, and try not to over-tighten anything else – you don’t want the hinges coming off again!
And voila! You now have a pair of sturdy reinforced kitchen cabinets ready for whatever life can throw at them. The best part? By following the above steps you should have only spent a fraction of what it would have cost to buy replacement cabinets – leaving plenty left over for accessories or sprucing up other parts of your home.
Conclusion: Kitchen cabinet refacing can be a daunting task, but by following these simple steps, you can save time and money while still achieving great results.