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A Step-by-Step Guide To Cabinet Re-facing

In the last article "Is Quality Compromised by Re-facing Your Kitchen Cabinets" you may have decided to re-face your cabinets here is some step-by-step instructions and resources to consider.
The following basic instructions cover a typical cabinet refacing project; laminating the frames, glass shelving, new doors and new hardware.
1.) Carefully remove the cabinet doors and hardware.
2.) Measure openings for ordering your pre-made doors.
3.) Measure footage for baseboards and moulding.
4.) Sand the cabinet frames and doors with 60 grit; over time, finger prints and grease from cooking build up can prevent laminate from properly adhering to the cabinet surfaces.
5.) Fill any holes from old hardware with wood filler .
Gently sand down any surface that is going to be adhered to using 100-grit sandpaper and apply glue to back of laminate and cabinet frames. This allows the laminate to adhere better.
6.)Apply pre-cut laminate pieces- sides first- router as instructed in step 7, then apply laminate CENTERED on face frames and proceed to step 7 again.
7.) Router off the overlap around the edges counter clockwise, if the router bit must touch laminate, apply petroleum jelly to avoid burning the laminate.
8.) Thoroughly vacuum, file the sharp laminate edges into the bevel of the laminate to avoid cracking the face frame laminate; then wipe all surfaces to remove any dust, jelly or sandpaper residue.
9.) Rub all surfaces with an even motion to alleviate any shifting of laminate.
10.) Look over your work for dimples and waves.
11.) Install the glass shelves on the existing or new supports inside the cabinet.
12.) Install the new cabinet door hardware.
13.) Install pre-ordered cabinet doors onto cabinets and pre-drill hole for the hardware.
14.) Tighten up and enjoy.

See:
Replacing countertops and sinksĀ 
Installing baseboard and moulding
Receiving a FastQuote in 5 min or less

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