Refinishing veneer kitchen cabinets

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Refinishing veneer kitchen cabinets
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Many household kitchen cabinets are veneered. While veneered kitchen cabinets look beautiful, they can also become worn and damaged after time. It is impossible to sand down and stain a veneered kitchen cabinet. However, there is a way to refinish veneer kitchen cabinets. Doing this will instantly refresh your kitchen and is easy with a little bit of know-how.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Water and mild soap
  • Clean cloth
  • 150 grit sandpaper
  • Wood putty
  • 1/4-inch plywood
  • Table saw or circular saw
  • Tape measure
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing nails
  • Scissors or utility knife and straight edge
  • Self adhesive veneer

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  1. 1

    Use a screwdriver to remove the doors and moulding on the cabinets. Once removed, use a cloth to clean the cabinets with water and mild soap.

  2. 2

    Lightly sand the cabinets with 150 grit sandpaper.

  3. 3

    Fill any depressions, chips or holes in the cabinets with wood putty. Sand smooth when dried.

  4. 4

    Measure, cut and attach a 1/4-inch plywood piece to the cabinet end panels. Attach with wood glue and finishing nails. Sand the plywood smooth so that it is flush with the cabinet front.

  5. 5

    Use scissors or a utility knife and straight edge to cut self-adhesive veneer. Be sure to cut the veneer 1/2 inch wider than the frame of the cabinet.

  6. 6

    Cover all visible areas of the cabinet with veneer, trimming the overlap of each piece as you go.

  7. 7

    Replace or veneer the cabinet doors in the same manner as the cabinets.

  8. 8

    Re-affix the cabinet doors to the frame, add moulding to the cabinets.

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