Cabinet Refinishing: Step by Step

Updated: Jun 24

Hello everyone. We hope that you are all staying happy and healthy during this difficult time. We have made significant safety changes within our operations to comply with the recommendations of the CDC so that we continue to work safely during the pandemic. Some of these changes include smaller crews, not entering any occupied homes for the time being, and limiting the amount of people entering our shop area.


If social distancing has you realizing that your space needs an update, we’re still here to help! Today I want to talk about cabinets. Whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom, or maybe another piece of furniture, here is the step by step process that we use to bring life back to tired cabinets.


  • Removal of all hardware and hinges (label them as you take them off so you know where they go when you put it back together)

  • Floors, counter tops, and all other surrounding surfaces that do not require painting should be protected with plastic or cloths

  • Clean all surfaces with a cleaner/de-greaser (Simple Green works well)

  • Fill in any nicks, dings, and gauges with a high-quality, water-based wood filler

  • Sand wood filler and all surfaces smooth with 220 grit sandpaper (if you have a palm sander or orbital sander you can use it on the flat surfaces but you will need to hand sand any non-flat areas)

  • We recommend you set up all the doors on some sort of table or bench

  • Apply high-quality primer to all surfaces including fronts and back of doors and drawers (when you start priming and painting always prime and paint with the grain. – we recommend a brush and a 4" 3/8 mini roller to apply - there are many different primers, reach out if you’re unsure and we can make a recommendation)

  • Once the primer has dried, sand all surfaces again with 220 grit sandpaper

  • After sanding is complete, vacuum all dust and debris from the surfaces



  • Apply first coat of the finish paint – we recommend the Benjamin Moore Advance Line (apply with a 4” mini roller)

  • After the first coat has dried, sand all surfaces again with 220 grit sandpaper

  • Vacuum all dust and debris again

  • Apply final coat of finish paint

  • After the final coat has dried, replace all hardware and hinges

  • Remove all masking and floor protection

  • Enjoy your new cabinets!


**We would not recommend you do this with a sprayer if you have never used one before. But if you are really inclined to spray your cabinets yourself, we can give you a few tips that will make things a little easier**


If you need something to fill your quarantine time, follow these steps for a DIY approach. Not feeling up to the task? Give us a call and we’ll take care of some or all of the project for you! The great thing about cabinet projects is that the majority of painting can be done at our shop, limiting contact between employees and customers.


Thank you for reading, stay tuned for our next post! Feel free to comment any questions/comments/suggestions.


Stay safe.


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