Any household furniture will get worn and damaged overtime and will need a touch up or upgrade once in a while. For instance, upgrading your kitchen cabinets look by using glass doors can greatly enhance the look not only of the kitchen cabinets themselves but of your entire kitchen as well. Upgrading your household fittings is a home improvement that can give your home a brand new look minus the costs. Here is how to upgrade your kitchen cabinets by fitting them with glass doors.
Before you get started, consider documenting your progress. Take pictures of your project throughout its duration. You can use this documentation as reference for future projects. What’s more, you can easily miss a step your hurry to finish the project, and the pictures can help you stay on track.
To begin your project, first take measurements of your kitchen cabinets. Be sure to measure accurately.
Next remove all the old doors of your kitchen cabinet. Take the measurement of each one, write it down and then sketch it. True, cabinet doors usually have the same measurements, but you can never be too sure. It might be a tedious task, but taking the measurements of each cabinet is the only way you can be sure that the glass doors that will fit perfectly. Also measure the door openings and the distances in between doors. Consider sketching pictures of the door openings and label each measurement accurately in your drawings.
If you want to spend less money, search for companies that offer unfinished doors. Search the internet and compare rates. Also search for discounts and package deals. Visit local glass companies and see who offers the best deals.
Remove all the dirt, grime and grease buildup on your cabinet. Scrub the surface thoroughly and water. You can add bit of vinegar to the mixture if you wish. Vinegar is known for its natural bleaching properties, so it is an effective stain remover.
After cleaning your kitchen cabinet, apply 2 coats of primer to create a nice base that will seal your kitchen cabinet’s old finish and easily admit the new one. Apply paint to the cupboards. Choose good quality high gloss paint. Quality paint may be expensive upfront but it can save you money in the long run since you only apply one or two coats.
Next, sand and paint the rest of your cabinet.
When your doors arrive, sand them a few times. Start by using a coarse sand paper first and then finish with find grit. Remove the dust from the sanding, prime and then paint your doors. Do not install the glass yet.
Measure the holes for the hardware carefully so that they will be in the same place on all the doors. Drill the holes and install the hardware.
Hang the doors to make sure they fit. The doors need to be straight so ask the help of another person for this step. Once you are sure everything fits, take your doors down to install the glasses. If you are unsure about your capability to install the glasses, take them to your local hardware store. Once they’re all installed hang your glass doors and install all the knobs and pulls.