Last Updated on October 29, 2020 by Bryan Fiveash
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Changing the look of your cabinet doors and drawer fronts can be a great and inexpensive addition to a kitchen remodel. In this article, you’ll see how I refaced my cabinets and drawers using only 1x4s and Gorilla Wood Glue.
If that sounds easy, that’s because it is! As long as you have the right tools, you’ll be able to change the look of your cabinets and drawers too.
Read on to find out how to reface kitchen cabinets in a shaker style.
Tools, Supplies, PPE, and Steps
- Drill Bits
- White Self-Closing Overlay Cabinet Hinge
- Mandara 3 3/4″ Pull
- Mandara 5 1/16″ Pull
- BEHR #BL-W09 Bakery Box
- Gator 120 Grit Sanding Discs
- Gator 220 Grit Sanding Discs
- Gator 320 Grit Sanding Sponge
- Spruce 1x4s
How To Reface Kitchen Cabinets
- Uninstall your cabinet doors and drawers and remove all hardware.
- Sand both sides of the doors and the drawer fronts.
- Clean off all the sanding dust.
- Cut and rip down your 1x4s.
- Attach the milled 1x4s to the surface of the cabinet doors and drawer fronts with Gorilla Glue and clamps. Allow time for the glue to fully cure.
- Fill any gaps and holes with DAP ALEX Painter’s Caulk and DAP DryDex Spackling.
- Sand to a finished surface.
- Install new hardware.
- Reinstall your cabinet doors and drawers.
How To Reface Kitchen Cabinets
Once I took the cabinet doors down and removed all hardware, my first task was to sand them (and the drawers) down all the way to the bare wood. Using a random orbit sander makes this tedious task much faster.
After cleaning the dust off the doors, I measured the door fronts to determine the lengths of the spruce 1x4s that would be attached to them.
For these doors, I used the full 3 1/2″ width of the 1×4 (I ripped them down to 1 3/4″ wide for the drawer fronts). However, I ripped the thickness of the 1x4s in half with my table saw because otherwise they’d be too thick.
Attaching the wood slats to the doors is as easy as using Gorilla Wood Glue and clamps. No nails are required! After gluing, I let the doors sit and dry while clamped for at least 24 hours.
Once dry, I sanded the 1x4s with 220 grit to ensure an even thickness all the way around. Afterward, I filled in any gaps and knot holes with DAP ALEX Painter’s Caulk and DAP DryDex Spackling.
After a final sanding with 320 grit paper, the doors were ready for paint.
Paint and Hardware
Painting cabinets is another tedious job, but it’s made far easier with the Wagner FLEXiO 3000 Sprayer.
I always use KILZ 2 LATEX and BEHR Paint in my projects, and this one was no different. One coat of KILZ and two coats of BEHR was all I needed to get a beautiful finish, front and back.
Once the paint was cured, I installed Mandara pulls from Liberty Hardware. I put the smaller pulls on the above cabinet doors, and the larger pulls on the bottom doors.
Reface Kitchen Cabinets Slideshow
After adding hardware, it was time to reinstall the doors and drawers! Thanks to a little DIY elbow grease, we now have a brand new (looking) kitchen. You can see the build process in the photo slideshow below.
Bryan is a husband of 17 years and a father of four. He worked in various construction trades in his younger years and more recently was a General Manager for a hand-forged iron furniture store and restaurant.
For several years he has worked full time on this blog and has partnered with various brands including The Home Depot, QUIKRETE, Ryobi, Sinkology, Rust-Oleum, Wagner, BEHR, Disney, Best Buy, and many more.