Brand new kitchen cabinets add a special look to any kitchen, no matter the style or size. However, as time progresses, kitchen cabinets begin to show their age. The paint becomes dull and dingy, handles and knobs lose their shine, and the kitchen is no longer the showplace it once was. This is the time to restore the kitchen cabinets. This is an ideal do-it-yourself (DIY) project; one that can save the homeowner money and even add value to his or her home. eBay is an ideal place to find all of the necessary items to restore kitchen cabinets properly.
The first step in restoring kitchen cabinets is to take the cabinets apart. After removing all of the items contained within the cabinets, remove all shelves and set them aside. Then, remove all of the doors and the hardware, such as hinges and knobs. If not replacing the hardware, keep everything in a secure location including nuts, bolts, and screws. This also includes shelf pins, as these can easily become lost. It is a good idea to keep similar items, such as hinges and screws, together so that the proper items are available when reinstalling the doors. It is also a good idea to label cabinet doors using masking tape and a marker or pen if working with multiple cabinets. This ensures that the proper door goes onto the right cabinet.
Use a damp cloth and water, or water mixed with a mild dish detergent, to clean all of the surfaces inside and outside of the cabinets and doors. Grease-covered cabinets and doors may require a degreasing cleaner. Place the hardware, if salvageable, in a bowl filled with a water-to-soap ratio of 10 to 1 and allow the hardware to soak for up to an hour. Use asoft bristle brush, such as a toothbrush, to clean the hardware. Rinse completely and wipe the hardware completely dry with a clean cloth.
Look for any repairs to make to the cabinets or doors. Use wood putty to fill in any deep scratches. If planning to paint or stain, do this after removing the old paint or stain. Use fine-grit sandpaper, between 200 and 400 grit, to smooth the filled-in spots, and then finish with very-fine-grit sandpaper, such as 1,500 grit.
Remove old paint or stain before applying new products. For homeowners unsure about the type of product currently covering the cabinets, simple tests can make the determination. For example, using a few drops of turpentine tells if the finish is wax-based. Using drops of denatured alcohol show finishes made from shellac or latex paint, as does lacquer thinner. Apply paint thinner or stain remover liberally and allow it to seep into the surface. Remove the old surface coating with old rags and allow it to dry. Sand any rough spots, such as where repairs exist. Apply several coats of paint or stain, up to four, using a small or medium paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry before applying the next coat. Use very-fine-grit sandpaper to smooth any uneven paint or stain marks.
If the hardware for the kitchen cabinets is still in good shape, a simple polishing should be all that is necessary to bring the items back to their original lustre. After drying the hardware completely, remove any tarnish that may exist. Use a metal polish to bring back the shine, buff well with a clean cloth, and allow to dry completely before reattaching to the cabinets and doors. If the hardware has damage or simply needs changing, choose new kitchen cabinet hardware to replace the old items. Make sure that the hinges align properly so that the doors hang straight.
All of the necessary items for all kitchen restoration projects are available to buy on eBay. Whether the homeowner or contractor needs kitchen cabinet doors, hardware, wood stain, or paint, finding these items is simple. Using keyword phrases, such as "kitchen cabinet hardware" or " kitchen cabinet knobs", directs users to a multitude of listings. Search the eBay Deals section to look for items to add to the restored kitchen.
Homeowners looking to restore kitchen cabinets can give themselves a sense of pride by doing it themselves. With the proper items and tools, the job can be simple and cost much less than having a professional do the work.