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The kitchen looks dated and dark.
We will cover most of the facing with the new doors and drawer fronts to give this kitchen a more modern or European look. This will require measuring and planning in advance so that the proper size doors can be ordered and you will need the hinges in the proper over lays to accomplish this look. Quality Cabinet and Doors can help you with this step if you would like. We can provide you with all the materials that you will need to do the job.
Now that you have received the materials and new doors and drawer fronts, let's start by removing the old doors, drawers and trim.
Note the drawer front has been removed from the drawer on the left. This can be tricky depending on how the front was attached. Most are attached to a sub- front with screws. Some may be stapled or nailed on. We can help walk you thru some other options if you are unable to remove them. Just give us a call. Note also there is no need to remove all the contents of your cabinets, just be careful to not break the stemware.
We will be using glue to apply the face veneers to all of the exterior of the cabinets. I am sanding these surfaces with a fairly rough sand paper to prepare them for the adhesive. A sanding block works well if you do not have an orbital sander. Be careful of the dust. Use a dust mask and vacuum if possible.
No need to sand down to bare wood. We only need to remove unstable finishes, waxes, grime and other build-ups that would prevent good adhesion.
We are going to have our outside corner trim flush to the veneers so this is applied first. A bead of good carpenters glue and finish brads and there on.
At the peninsula upper will need to cover the bottom.
We are going to cover all the upper bottoms in this case but this may not be necessary in your case.
If you do you may need to use a nailer at the back.
Next, let's cover the finished backs and ends. (Don't forget to replace those corbels.)
Again we will use carpenters glue and a few well placed finish brads to hold them in place. Sand the edge where it meets the corner trim to make a tight fit. At the ceiling walls and floor, panels do not need to be tight. We will be using trim to cover these areas.
Next we will cover the faces with the veneers. Apply with carpenters glue and brad nails. You can also cover the shelf edges with edge trim if you desire. The inside edges of the faces are not covered. Sand the veneer smooth to the inside edge of the face frame and apply some stain or paint if you like.
Now we have installed the new doors and are installing the trim. You will need a miter saw for this step. If you are not using a pneumatic brad nail gun it might be helpful to pre-drill for the brads.
Note the absence of exposed hinges. We can furnish concealed hinges that are specificity designed for refacing. They have the screw hole placement to allow for the added thickness of the face veneer.
Drawer fronts are installed using screws thru the drawer sub front into the back of the drawer front. Cover the nail holes with colored putty and you're done.