If you have an outdated kitchen that you want to update, it is important to make sure that you spend your money as wisely as you can so that you do not go over the budget that you have chosen for the job. A great way to make the most of your investment is to refinish the cabinets in the kitchen rather than replacing them, if they are in good condition. The following guide walks you through the process of refinishing your cabinets so that they have a professional finish when you are done.
Remove the Cabinets from the Walls
The first thing you want to do is remove the cabinets from the walls. Take everything out of them and then unscrew them from the walls. You want to remove them from the walls so that you do not cause any damage to the kitchen when you sand blast them. If you cannot remove them or do not want to remove them, place heavy drop clothes around the kitchen to protect the floors and cabinets from the sand that will be used when sandblasting.
Rent a Sandblaster
Go to a local hardware store and rent a sandblaster. When you rent the sandblaster, you should get an air compressor, a sanding gun, and the sand that you will be using to do the sandblasting. Be sure to get a set of goggles while you are there if you do not own any so that you can protect your eyes when you sandblast.
Prepare to Sandblast
Take the time to put on a long sleeve shirt and long pants before you start sandblasting. This will ensure that your skin is protected from any sand that may bounce off of the surface of the cabinets. This is a great time to put on a pair of gloves and the goggles, as well.
Sandblast Paint and Finish off of the Cabinets
Fill the sandblaster with the appropriate amount of sand and then turn it on. hold the nozzle of the gun roughly five to six inches away for the surface that you are sandblasting. Be sure to move in side-side-motions rather than up and down so that you remove the paint or stain as evenly as you can.
Once the finish and paint have been removed, you can add a new coat of paint or stain to the cabinets to give them a fresh, new look. Be sure to let the paint or stain dry overnight before hanging the doors back on the cabinets and placing the cabinets back into the kitchen. When all else fails, contact your local contractor (think Powder Coatings of Utah) to have them bring a professional touch to the whole job.