1 out of 5EasyNo special tools or skills required
$80 to $100
1 to 2 days
In this video, This Old House host Kevin O’Connor helps a homeowner refinish his kitchen cabinets.
Steps for refinishing kitchen cabinets
- Make a sketch of the kitchen cabinets, then identify each door and drawer with a number.
- Place a small strip of masking tape onto each door and drawer, then mark the strips with the corresponding number shown on the sketch.
- Use a cordless drill to unscrew all the doors from the cabinets.
- Unscrew and remove the door hinges.
- Remove all the drawers from the cabinets.
- Use a putty knife to scrape any rubber bumpers from the back side of the doors.
- Unpeel the tape from one of the doors and then scrub its surface with a scouring pad dampened with deglosser. (If any doors or face frames have a coating of greasy, oily residue, wash them clean with hot, soapy water prior to deglossing.)
- Wipe down the door with a cotton rag soaked in clean water.
- Dry the door with a clean, dry cotton rag, then flip the door over.
- Repeat the previous two steps to degloss the back surface of the door.
- Cover appliances and counters with plastic-lined canvas drop cloths.
- Use the scouring pad and deglosser to scrub the surfaces of the face frames on the upper and lower cabinets.
- Wash the face frames clean with a water-soaked rag, then wipe the frames dry.
- Wait one hour before proceeding.
- Remove all the drawer faces, then degloss and wash each one.
- Protect the wall around the cabinets and all other adjacent surfaces with masking tape.
- Use a 2-inch-wide synthetic-bristle paintbrush to apply the first bond coat to all the cabinet doors, drawers, and face frames.
- Allow the first bond coat to dry for 2 hours.
- Flip over the doors and apply a bond coat to their back surfaces. Wait another two hours.
- Repeat the previous three steps to apply a second bond coat to both sides of each door and to the drawer faces and face frames.
- Brush on the protective top coat of polyurethane to all surfaces of the doors, drawers, and face frames. Allow the top coat to dry for 12 hours.
- Screw the hinges back onto the doors, then mount the doors to the cabinets.
- Install the door pulls.
- Reattach the drawer faces and slide the drawers back into the cabinets.