The kitchen is the heart and soul of any home. Even if you do not spend much time in there, it is often the most relaxing place to be. However, it is only so if is clean and beautifully decorated. Redecorating your kitchen should happen once every few years to give it a face-lift, but it need not be as expensive as you think.
You do not have to replace the fixtures and fittings whenever you paint the wall a different colour or decide that you no longer like the design that you chose for them. Instead, it is easy enough to actual strip the kitchen cabinets and refinish tem yourself. Stripping kitchen cabinets costs very little and so you can spend the money you save by redecorating another part of your home.
You should always perform the stripping of kitchen cabinets a few days before refinishing them. It is not complicated but it does require a little preparation and planning before you actually perform the task itself.
Stripping kitchen cabinets is not as difficult as you think because it only requires a little logic and practicality. Perform the following steps to get ready to strip them:
1. Firstly, remove the kitchen cabinets that you plan to strip. All of them should be removed one by one and place on the sideboard or table. As you are doing this, mark the wall behind each cabinet with a number and scratch that number on the corresponding bottom edge of the door and inside the cabinet base to ensure that they are put back up in the right order. It is also work drawing a diagram on paper to refer to later.
2. Detach the doors from the cabinet base so that they are two separate entities. This will make stripping them a lot easier at a later time.
3. Keep the cabinet base and doors together as far as possible because the hinges on each door will be slightly different and this can be extremely frustrating further down the line. Remove the hinge brackets and you are ready to start stripping.
Stripping Your Cabinetry
1. Clean Thoroughly Make sure that all dirt is removed before you start stripping kitchen cabinets or else the process will not be as effected. Make sure that all of the edges and surfaces are thoroughly clean to remove any traces of cleaning dirt that are ingrained. A strong multipurpose cleaner and a soft scrubbing brush is best following by a wipe over with a damp cloth.
2. Strip The Cabinets – Use a cabinet stripper to remove all paint. There are some excellent ones out there at the moment. You can either use a chemical one or a heat stripper with a coarse brush and a scraper. Make sure that you have got as much as possible off. It is essential that you wear all the safety equipment necessary as well so you do not harm yourself unnecessarily. Goggles and gloves are essential no matter what stripper you choose.
3. Leave To Dry – Make sure that the wood fully dries so it will not crack at a later date. Leave it overnight where possible.
4. Remove Any Excess – After it has dried, inspect the cabinets to make sure that all vestiges of the previous finish have been removed. If not, repeat the process and then leave it to dry again. After this step has been complete, you are ready to paint or refinish your cabinet.