You can make a huge difference to the look of your kitchen with some simple renovations to the cabinets. By repainting doors and updating the handles, you’ll refresh the heart of your home without the need for a full redesign.

You’ll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Steel tape measure
  • Drop cloth, newspaper or old cloths
  • Respirator or dust mask
  • Safety goggles or glasses
  • Fine- and medium-grade sandpaper
  • Power sander or sanding block
  • Soft cloth
  • Paintbrush
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • New door handles, hardware and hinges

Getting Started

If you find it easier, use a screwdriver to remove your cabinet doors, drawer fronts, hinges and handles, and move them to your work space.

If you are replacing handles, take your old ones with you to the hardware store to ensure that you choose something with the same-size fittings. Remember to note how many you’ll need. Also, if any of the handles were held on by more than one screw, note the distance between the two screws, since you will need to find replacement handles with the same distance between them. Otherwise, be prepared to fill and drill new holes. It’s a good idea to buy one sample first to check the fit before investing in a full set.

What to Do

1. Lay down a drop cloth, newspaper or old cloths to protect your floor.

2. Put on your dust mask and protective goggles or glasses.

3. Using medium-grade sandpaper, sand down the front and edges of wooden, painted or varnished doors or drawer fronts with power sander or sanding block. No sanding or priming is needed for melamine doors, but you do need to use the right paint. Wipe off dust and give the doors a good clean.

4. Paint on a coat of primer, leave it to dry and apply another coat.

5. When dry, rub down surfaces with fine-grade sandpaper. Wipe off any dust.

6. Apply the first coat of paint and leave it to dry overnight. Repeat with another coat of paint for a more durable finish. Replace any old handles with new ones, if desired.

7. Replace doors and drawer fronts using a screwdriver to tighten the hinges.

How to Nail It

  • If you have a number of cabinet doors to remove, label them on the back so that you can easily find the right place for the right door when you have finished.
  • If your cabinet doors and drawer fronts do not completely cover the front of the cabinets, you can prepare and paint those surfaces in the same way. A good time to do this is while the cabinet doors are drying.
  • To save time, buy a combined undercoat and primer and eliminate one of the stages.

If you have any questions regarding renovating a property please contact Pelin Martin on 0208 994 7327 or –