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Update Your Kitchen With Cabinet Refinishing

Kitchen Cabinets

What is in fashion is always changing. You’re likely not wearing same bell-bottom pants you wore in the 70s, or those pleated khakis from the 80s. But your kitchen may still have the same features that it has had for several decades.

Orange County’s growth really started booming in the 1960s when planned communities began springing up in cities like Irvine, Mission Viejo and Laguna Niguel. By the 1980s, homes were being built in Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Ladera Ranch.

Many of those homes are still standing today and still feature, now outdated, design elements from the eras in which they were built. Nowhere do these features stand out more than in the kitchen where, families and guests routinely gather.

Whether it is exposed cabinet hinges, accessories placed on top of cabinets (think dried floral arrangements), or outdated cabinet stains and colors, a cabinet refinishing project can be an easy and affordable way to make big improvements in your Orange County kitchen.

What does a cabinet refinishing project entail?

The first step in deciding whether you should refinish your cabinets is to see if your current cabinetry is in good working condition. If so, and the changes you would like to see are primarily cosmetic, a cabinet refinishing project is a great option.

To start your refinishing project, you’ll need to remove the cabinet doors and hardware, including hinges.  Once the doors are removed, you’ll need to wipe them down with trisodium phosphate solution and lightly sand.  Next, prime the cupboards with a coat of sealant if you are staining, or primer if you are planning to paint the cabinets. Then, either stain or paint following the directions on the stain or paint chosen and leave to dry.

After the cabinets are dry it’s time to replace the hardware. If you’ve decided to buy new hardware, make sure it is the same size as the previous hardware so you can use the same holes. Once you’ve installed the hardware you can rehang your doors and start enjoying your refinished cabinets.

Don’t have the time to take on a cabinet refinishing job? Think about hiring an Orange County handyman to help.

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