Some Cabinet Rehabilitation Tricks

And so if you have decided to rehabilitate the existing cabinets, here are some ways to rehabilitate them:

  • Remove a door and/or a drawer front and take it to a furniture "bath". It maybe possible for them to strip all of the old paint and stain from the wood. It might turn out that the old wood is still in fine condition.
  • Removing the old paint and stain from the rest of the cabinets is much more difficult and most probably not worth the time and effort.
  • Now take the door and/or a drawer fronts to your local paint store for some refinishing advice. I recall one cabinet restoration project where the cabinets themselves were painted a solid color and the door and drawer fronts refinished in a contrasting stain - I loved it!
  • Take a sample of the existing hinges and drawer pulls to a hardware store and look for some new hardware that fits the existing cabinets. It would be best if the new hardware fits the existing screw holes etc.
  • Upgrade the electrical wiring for: good lighting, appliances and utility plugs.
  • See if you can gain some counter space by moving the microwave into one of the cabinets or combining it into the stove-hood. And, if possible, get a ducted stove hood.
  • A sturdy work table on good rollers may provide you with some added functionality and flexibility.
  • If most of the cabinets are functional, it may still be possible to save money by having a custom cabinet maker build or modify some cabinets.
  • Replacing existing plastic-laminate counter-tops with new material is relatively inexpensive. And the new material doesn't have to look like the 1950's.
  • Replacing older tile counter-tops can be more difficult. Some of that tile was installed into a concrete base.