Dustman Remodel - Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

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Are new kitchen cabinets really worth it? Worth it enough to justify spending more money than on the HVAC and foundation? I don’t think so. Although efficiency in the kitchen does make a lot of sense to me.

So I tried something halfway. I succumbed to the fact that this won’t be a dream kitchen. HOWEVER, it will be efficient, easy to clean, and look modern. That’s enough for me. Oh, also it won’t be super expensive so if I want to upgrade in the future there will be no resulting guilt from what I do during this remodel. What does that mean for these kitchen cabinets? A combination answer. Since I tore out a few walls and opened up the kitchen to the living area I have a lot more space to play with.

I decided to get a cheap box floor to ceiling box cabinet from Ikea with nice doors to make one wall very efficient. Then for the rest I will refinish the current cabinets. So I first found doors (with the guidance of a few friends) that I liked from Ikea. Then I found a corresponding stain for the current lower cabinets. Oh, I forgot to mention that because I was adding a large new cabinet I decided I wanted to remove the upper cabinets that make it seem closed in. So that’s what I did.

Then once I finished cleaning the cabinets with tsp, then sanded several times, then used a get stain (since I wanted a dark color), then sanded, then stained again, then sanded, then stained, then sanded, then applied wipe on poly, then sanded, then poly, then sanded, then poly, then sanded, then poly, then sanded, then poly. After all that I was ready to put them back in place, bought and put in new hinges and handles. Then I realized I sill didn’t like how shiny they were (I used the matte poly and be sure to shake it but still) so I used a rub on dark wax which really helped give it a matte look as well as long as I didn’t buff it too much to get the excess wax off. Here are the pics.

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I honestly am glad I refinished them myself because as workers would accidentally ‘hurt’ them (drop drinks into them, scratch it, kick them) I could easily fix them again.

I honestly am glad I refinished them myself because as workers would accidentally ‘hurt’ them (drop drinks into them, scratch it, kick them) I could easily fix them again.

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let me remind you, this is the before (oven and sink are in the same place if that helps)

let me remind you, this is the before (oven and sink are in the same place if that helps)

The AFTER: from the same angle (the right window is in both pictures if that helps)

The AFTER: from the same angle (the right window is in both pictures if that helps)

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