How to Reface Bathroom Cabinets and Replace Doors
Whether you are remodeling your bathroom or just giving it a face lift, there are several ways to help you save money. Refacing bathroom cabinets is more cost-effective than purchasing new ones, and in many cases it does not require any demolition. Replacing the doors can also give an old cabinet a new look.
- Remove the cabinet doors and drawers. Remove any hardware.
- Scrape off any areas of flaky finish and lightly sand the face and sides of each cabinet. This will slightly rough up the surface.
- Use warm, soapy water to clean all surfaces. Let the surfaces dry.
- Paint the cabinet with an interior latex primer. Let it dry. Repeat with a second coat.
- Apply two coats of cabinet, door and trim enamel, allowing dry time between coats. This paint provides an ultra-smooth, factorylike finish and is extremely durable.
- Reinstall all doors, drawers and hardware.
- Remove cabinet door and hardware.
- Purchase a sheet of MDF (medium-density fiberboard) or comparable material to create the new cabinet doors.
- Using a table saw, cut the MDF to the same size as the original door.
- Prime and paint the new cabinet door.
- Install hardware on the new cabinet door and reinstall door on cabinet.
Things You Will Need
- Putty knife
- Warm, soapy water
- Interior latex primer
- Cabinet, door and trim enamel
- MDF (medium-density fiberboard)
- Table saw
- Searching on Craigslist will often yield free cabinets and cabinet doors. Changing the cabinet hardware changes the look of the entire cabinet.
- Follow all manufacturer's recommendations when using paint.