New cabinets are the most expensive part of any kitchen makeover, but all it takes is a little elbow grease and some inexpensive supplies to make old ones look like new. Evette Rios, our kitchen makeover artist sanded, painted and reorganized in just one weekend to turn these tired, old shelves around.
Sand and Prime
After removing old hardware, gently sand the wood, then brush with a dry paintbrush and wipe with a damp cloth. Apply a coat of primer and dry overnight.
Mask old screw holes, dents and nicks with nude wood putty, using a little at a time.
Sand and Paint
Allow putty to dry completely, then sand. Gently clean the entire surface with a damp cloth and paint with durable semigloss paint. Dry overnight.
Measure and mark the location of the new knob. Then, working from the front of the door to the back, drill screw-size holes through the wood.
Using a screwdriver, install the new hinges and knobs in the mounting holes. Give the knob a tug to make sure the attachment isn't loose.
Screw the refinished doors back into the frames; use a carpenter's level to make sure all the panels are straight.
The finished cabinets are bright, airy and organized thanks to Evette's no-fail plan.