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Refacing Your Cabinets with Veneer
In this article, we'll take you through the process of refacing your cabinets with pressure sensitive wood veneer and precut end panels. Along with providing step by step instructions, we'll point out the tools and materials you'll need to complete the project, all of which are available at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.
If you haven't already, be sure to check out Rockler's article on replacing your cabinet doors and drawers with custom made cabinet doors. In "Using the Rockler Custom Door and Drawer Front Program", we'll show you how easy it is to complement your cabinet refacing project with new doors and drawer fronts from the Rockler Custom Door and Drawer Front Program.
Tools Needed to Complete Project:
Step 1 - Remove doors, drawers and moldings.
Remove any loose and/or peeling coatings from any surface you plan to cover with pressure sensitive veneer. Any depressions left in the surface should be filled with hard drying putty and sanded smooth.
Lightly sand any surfaces you plan to cover with self-adhesive coverings, using 150 grit sandpaper (Figure C). DO NOT USE A POWER SANDER. Just scuff the surface. This will help ensure a good bond when applying self-adhesive covering. Remove any dust or sanding particles with tack cloth before applying self-adhesive coverings.
Clean the surface with a mild dishwashing liquid and water with a damp cloth. Don't get it soaking wet. Rinse with a damp rag and allow it to dry thoroughly. Use household ammonia to remove wax.
Step 2 - Install cut-to-size panels
Using sanding block with 150 grit sandpaper, sand the edges of the plywood to ensure that it is flush with the cabinet's front frame (Figure 7). Use a clean tack cloth to remove the sanding dust.
Check entire cabinet for areas where unfinished wood is exposed, such as along the sanded edges of the plywood, and seal the edges (Figure 8).
Step 3 - Apply self-adhesive veneer or laminate.