How to Update Kitchen Cabinets With Vinyl Paper

Updated February 21, 2017

To add a fresh look to your kitchen may not require a major remodelling. Updating your kitchen cabinets using vinyl paper may be enough of a renovation to change the entire appearance of your kitchen. With a small amount of money and effort, you can perform a major makeover without making it a major project.

Prepare the cabinets. Remove each cabinet door and wash it with mild soap and water. Once the cabinet is completely dry, sand the surface lightly and wipe it with a soft cloth.

Measure vinyl paper. Place the cabinet door face onto the vinyl paper and trace the outline of the door onto the paper.

Cut along the trace line, using the X-Acto knife or scissors. You want the vinyl piece to be slightly larger (approximately a couple of inches on each side) so it completely covers the cabinet door.

Adhere the vinyl paper to the cabinet door. Remove the backing paper of the self-adhesive vinyl paper and attach it to the face of the cabinet door. Smooth out the vinyl paper with your fingers, removing air pockets and bubbles from the paper so that it lies flat.

Use the X-Acto knife to remove any excess vinyl paper.

Reassemble cabinets. Place the hinges back onto the cabinet door and screw the cabinet door back onto the cabinet.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinyl paper (self-adhesive type)
  • Utility knife such as an X-Acto knife
  • Soft cloth
  • Soft brush
  • Scissors
  • Soap and water
  • Screwdriver
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