Home : Arnold Budhram Shares How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets

Refinishing your kitchen cabinets can be a fun stress-free project, says Arnold Budhram.

Looking to sell your home or desperate to switch things up? We have the perfect project for you: Cabinet refinishing! Refinishing your kitchen cabinets can transform the space, giving your home a fresh, clean, and updated vibe, no matter the size! Nervous about taking on such a hefty project? New York home improvement specialist Arnold Budhram is breaking it down, step by step.

Once you learn to refinish cabinets, you’ll feel more comfortable refinishing other big pieces in your home such as dining room tables, outdoor decks, and chairs. Not only will this help you increase your home’s appearance and value, it will also save you hefty renovation fees.

Arnold Budhram on Step 1: Getting Ready

Step 1: Collect the tools, says Arnold Budhram.

Start by gathering the tools necessary for your project. Materials may include hand tools, masking tape, paint stripper, primer, TSP, quality brushes, extra rags/cloths, and newspapers. Next, remove everything from the cabinets you are planning to refurbish. When everything is removed, start taking out the shelves and unscrewing the cupboard doors. Clean the cabinets and the cabinet hardware thoroughly with water and vinegar to avoid any grease or dirt intruding on the priming and painting process.

After everything is clean, the next step is to strip the paint. This is not necessary for every project, says Arnold Budhram, as some cabinets only require new layers of stain or paint. But if you want a whole new color or shade, it’s best to start fresh. Also, before we prime, we want to cover any knicks in the furniture with wood putty. Sand the wood putty down after it dries.

Step 2: Priming

After all the cabinets are thoroughly cleaned, and all nicks are put to rest, it’s time to prime. Not everyone will need to prime, but Arnold Budhram says it’s certainly a great idea if you want to give your cabinets a long lasting fresh look. Priming helps the stain remain on the surfaces during the wear and tear of their use, which is great for cabinets as they are frequently being opened, closed, and sprayed with food during cooking experiments. Priming is extremely necessary for an unfinished surface whether it’s wood, drywall, concrete or metal, as primer helps paint stick.

Prime before you paint to ensure your hard work lasts, says Budhram.

Step 3: Painting

Priming is the final step of the process. Using a spray can is an easy way to get a glossy even finish. Arnold Budhram suggests laying down generous amounts of newspaper to avoid any unwanted items getting stained. Or, you can use a high-quality brush to help control the density and color impact. Marine varnish is great for kitchen and bathroom cabinets because it’s more water repellent than other varnishes. Using this kind of varnish during your painting process will make it more likely for the cabinets to remain to look fresh and new for a more extended period.

Refinishing your kitchen cabinets may seem like an overwhelming task you’d rather pay someone else to do. But, it’s a fun, crafty experience everyone can master (and saving a few extra bucks is definitely a bonus!). Arnold Budhram has been refinishing cabinets for decades, in his own homes and throughout the homes of New York. Don’t be afraid to get the whole family involved to create the look and style you’re going for in your new kitchen.

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