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DIY Kits to Reface Kitchen Cabinets

Updated February 21, 2017

Reface your kitchen cabinets and bring new life to the room with a cabinet-front kit. Cabinet fronts come in plastic laminate, rigid thermofoil (RTF) or wood species like oak, hickory, maple, birch, cherry and other wood types. Raised or recessed panel doors and flat fronts are some style choices that can bring a refreshed design to a tired-looking kitchen. Top off your new cabinets with metal, wood or glass handles or knobs.

Remove the existing cabinet fronts by loosening the screws on the hinges of the cabinets.

Remove the existing drawer fronts by prying them off with a prybar.

Place a piece of precut plywood against a drawer opening and nail it into the drawer sides to create a front.

Place one of the new drawer fronts against the plywood frame, level it, and mark on the inside where the handle holes should be.

Measure and mark where the handle on the drawer should be.

Place one of the new cabinet door fronts against the frame, level it, and mark where hinge holes and handle holes should be.

Drill holes for hinges and handles or knobs on all new door fronts and drawers.

Add the handles to the drawers first while holding in them place against the fronts and using screws to secure the handles.

Add the handles to the cabinet door fronts with screws before securing the doors to the hinges.

Secure the door fronts to the hinges with the same screws or new ones, making sure that the door is lined up properly. Be sure it closes securely against the cabinet.

Repeat the above process for all doors and drawers, treating each one individually to ensure the overall look of all the doors and drawers is balanced.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill and driver
  • Plywood pieces to fit flush with drawer openings
  • Hammer
  • 1/2-inch nails
  • Level
  • Felt tip pen
  • Screwdriver
  • Prybar
  • New cabinet and drawer fronts
  • New handles or knobs
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Kate Eglan-Garton is a professional writer, literary agent and editor. Writing since 1985, she is a past business owner, interior decorator and magazine editor that has used her knowledge to write interesting pamphlets and magazine articles. Her education includes certification in writing, a degree in interior design and an associates degree in business.