Updating old plywood doors

23-Jan-2020 18:10

Refacing cabinets is really just a matter of switching out the doors after covering all the exposed parts of the frame with veneer that matches the new finish.

This technique works well with cabinets that have partial-overlay doors where the face frame is visible.

So you have to be careful when measuring, cutting, and placing a strip on the cabinet face.

The hardest part of making a refacing job look neat is trimming the veneer with a utility knife once it's in place.

Part of my Kitchen Project plan is to remove the over the range microwave/vent hood and install a new range hood vent.

I didn’t like the microwave above the cooktop because it was a bit on the low side…If I had a large soup pot on the stove, I would sometimes bump the spoon on the underside of the microwave. Plus it is a huge microwave and the only thing I use it for is reheating leftovers, warming water for tea and making popcorn… Some wood putty, some spackle and soon I had covered up all the uneven spots…

Let dry, then scuff all surfaces with 150-grit sandpaper. Squeeze carpenter's glue onto the plywood panel and apply it to the exposed end of the cabinet bank. Cut the veneer so that the wood grain always runs lengthwise.

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Continue down the stile, peeling away the backing as you go.

It's amazing what a little veneer and some new doors can do to brighten an aging space.

Both are available through woodworking companies, and some manufactures offer peel-and-stick veneer to make the task simpler.

If the drawer has a front attached to a four-sided box, unscrew the old front and screw on the new one.

If the old front is attached to a three-sided box, use a handsaw to cut off the sides, top, and bottom of the front so that it's flush with the box.It helps to work slowly, to keep your hand braced against the cabinets to steady it, and to always use a sharp blade.

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