If you want to re-clean your kitchen or bathroom cabinets, make sure they are in good condition and will last at least another 5 to 10 years before you start working on this size.
You will want to make sure that all the cabinet floors are dry and that there is no rotten wood. Be especially aware of the floor and sides of the cabinet under the sink and near the dishwasher. They are usually the first to show signs of wear. Although the floor can be changed, it is left to the professionals. If the floor or sides need to be replaced, do so before cleaning the cabinet again.
You should also check the shelves, but they are easy to replace, so don’t let that stop you from refining your cabinet.
If your closets are in good condition, you may want to cover the countertops with drop cloths and mask areas that can be damaged by the procedure.
Remove the handlebars from the cabinet doors and thoroughly clean the exterior of the cabinet with a household cleaner. Then rinse the cleaner with cold water from the cabinet. Kitchen cabinets can accumulate a lot of grease and dirt over the years and you may need to repeat this process several times to get all the dirt out of the cabinet.
Take a piece of sandpaper or a sanding block and lightly sand the doors and sides of your cabinet to remove any irregularities and leaks. Even if the doors are not shiny, a light sanding will ensure that they are smooth and dull, allowing the paint to stick to them. After sanding, make sure to empty the dust, or use a soft cotton cloth wet with water to remove the dust. This is an important step. Leaving dust on the doors will make the paint or varnish look unprofessional.
Remove cabinet doors and hardware. Apply a coat of paint or varnish with a brush or roller. Spray equipment can be used but is not recommended unless you have too many cabinets to paint. Do not dilute the paint with water for brush or roller applications.
Paint the exterior of the doors from bottom to top first. Allow the doors to dry thoroughly. You should paint the face frame and the sides of the cabinet while waiting for the doors to dry. Then you will want to paint the interior of the doors. When completely dry, apply another coat of varnish or paint to the exterior surfaces. It is not necessary to apply another coat on the inside of the doors. Allow the cabinet to dry for 24 hours before use.
Changing doors can be a little tricky. You will need a carpenter’s level to make sure the door hangs properly. First, you will need to patch the handles on the doors. Then hang the door with just one screw in each latch. Use a carpenter’s level to level the door, then add other screws and tighten, keeping the door level.