Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Wagner, Behr, Gorilla Glue, Ryobi, and Liberty Hardware. All opinions are my own.
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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.
Taking On A Basic Kitchen Remodel
How To Reface Kitchen Cabinets
- KILZ 2 LATEX
- BEHR Paint (Color code BL-W09)
- Gorilla Wood Glue
- DAP ALEX Painter’s Caulk
- DAP DryDex Spackling
- Spruce 1x4s
- Wagner FLEXiO 3000 Sprayer
- Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless Brushless Hammer Drill/Driver (Home Depot affiliate link)
- Ryobi 15 Amp 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser (Home Depot affiliate link)
- Ryobi 10 in. Table Saw (Home Depot affiliate link)
- Ryobi 5 in. Random Orbit Sander (Home Depot affiliate link)
- Ryobi Cordless 1 Gallon Portable Air Compressor (Home Depot affiliate link)
- Tape measure
- Drill Bits
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 blowing the dust the doors with my air hose/compressor, I measured the door fronts to determine the lengths of the spruce 1x4s that would be attached to them.
You can see pattern I used in some of the photos below.
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 (see photos above). No nails are required!
After gluing, I let the doors sit and dry while clamped for at least 24 hours.
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.
Hardware I used:
- Mandara 3 3/4″ Pull
- Mandara 5 1/16″ Pull
- White Self-Closing Overlay Cabinet Hinge (Home Depot Affiliate Link)
(Hardware installation videos coming soon)
After adding hardware, it’s time to reinstall the doors and drawers!
Because we have so many doors, this was a long process, but because I had the right tools, nothing about it was difficult. Thanks to a little DIY elbow grease, we now have a brand new (looking) kitchen!
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