Changing the look of kitchen cabinets can have a dramatic impact on the look of your kitchen and can be accomplished without ripping out and installing new cabinets.
- Apply the cement to the veneer and substrate following the manufacturer’s instructions and allow to set.
- Align the two elements. This must be right the first time as you will not be able to slide the pieces once they have touched.
- Using maximum pressure, roll the veneer smooth by starting in the center and working out toward the edges using a veneer roller.
- Still using maximum pressure, smooth the surface with a smoothing blade/scraper.
- Now, turn your piece upside down and use a razor knife to trim the excess veneer using the edges of the substrate as your guide.
- Allow piece to cure.
STRIPPING AND REFINISHING
Many cabinets can achieve a fresh look by stripping away old paint and varnish and reapplying.
- Spread drop cloth around the cabinets.
- Protective equipment – Put on rubber gloves and mask or respirator.
- Make sure windows are open and there is plenty of ventilation.
- Apply the stripper with a paint brush to the surface and let it stand until it becomes gel-like.
- Scrape the gelled finish off the cabinetsusing a paint scraper working from the top down.
- Clean corners and accent lines using toothpicks or sticks that fit the profile.
- Sand with 100-grit sandpaper either by hand or using an electric hand sander.
- Wipe with a clean cloth.
- Apply stain to cabinets with a sponge and wipe with a dry cloth.
- Wait at least an hour to dry and finish with a spray lacquer, applying multiple coats.