Wholesale Cabinet Doors

The internet has allowed the DIY home-owner access to wholesale cabinet doors direct from the manufacturer, with no middleman to increase the price.

In the past if the DIY home-owner could locate a real manufacturer, he would likely find the manufacturer unwilling to sell his products directly to the home-owner. These manufacturers had tailored  marketing toward home builders and custom cabinet shops, and simply were not interested in a one-time order from a home-owner.

The internet has made selling direct to the home-owner into a profitable side-market by removing the cost of marketing and sales. A well designed website allows the home-owner access to the manufacturers products with no marketing or sales staff to inflate costs. The website allows the customer to select and order the product with no manufacturer assistance required. The website will place the order into the manufacturing schedule and coordinate the shipping, again without any additional marketing or sales costs.

Once manufacturers started to realize that allowing home-owners to purchase their products online, without increasing the size of the marketing and sales staff, the business models started to change.

For the past 18 years The Door Stop has been offering cabinet doors and drawer fronts directly to home-owners through the website CabinetDoors.com.

The sales cost to The Door Stop is actually less that the cost of sales to home builders, so the smaller average-size of the home-owner sales is offset by the marketing savings.

This is the reason The Door Stop started www.cabinetdoors.com and operated the website as a wholesale source of cabinet doors marketed direct to the home-owner.

Wholesale cabinet doors sold factory-direct to the home-owner reduces marketing costs to allow web sales at significant saving to the home-owner. These cost savings typically range between 30% to 50% below the large chain retail stores.

Follow this link to browse our 13 most popular door styles. Just click a door picture, select a wood from the dropdown menu, then enter width and height sizes. The price of your door in that style, wood, and size is instantly shown. No need to list all the door information and send it to us in an email, then wait for our response. All pricing is done on the website. Then, after you have completed and approved your shopping cart, the order is integrated directly into our scheduling computers and into production within hours. Your order will be completed in just 7-to-10 days, packed, and shipped to you by Fedex Ground. Depending on your distance from our factory, shipping time will be from 1-to-5 additional days.

Several websites offer a smaller selection and focus only on the most popular cabinet door styles, like The Cabinet Door Factory. Their selection is limited but quality and customer service is exceptional.

Unfinished Cabinet Doors : How to recognize top quality

Shopping Unfinished Cabinet Doors online has a hidden question; How to recognize top quality?

The large cabinet door manufacturing companies make and supply new cabinet doors to the home building and furniture industry. These are the volume buyers of cabinet doors and they buy the doors unfinished.

There is a significant difference in quality between the large and small manufacturers of cabinet doors that is mostly attributed to economies-of-scale and investment in computerized machinery. The larger manufacturers are able to demand higher quality raw materials because of their purchasing power while smaller manufacturers just don’t spend enough. Computerized machinery investment results in exacting sizing tolerances and sanding processes that produce consistently stain-ready products. Modern computerized machinery, with multi-million dollar investments, is simply beyond the means of smaller manufacturers.

The Internet has made it possible for the DIY home-owner to purchase cabinet doors without buying from a retail chain, but the Internet has also removed the quality assurance that the Retail chain has in place. A flashy website doesn’t guarantee a quality cabinet door, and most large cabinet door manufacturers don’t have flashy websites. In fact, most of the flashy websites don’t even make the doors they sell. They are just middlemen that forward web orders to manufacturers and collect a commission on the sale.

Western Cabinet Doors, Inc is one of the largest manufacturers of cabinet doors in the United States with modern machinery and the buying power to demand high quality raw materials. In the 1996 they launched www.cabinetdoors.com where DIY home-owners could purchase top-quality online with factory-direct pricing.

In 1996 cabinetdoors.com was the only website offering cabinet doors. Today there are hundreds of sites, but most don’t actually make doors. Many buy doors from us and some even buy doors from other sites that buy from us. As you can imagine, the more middlemen in the chain, the higher the price to the end user.

Do your research on the internet and compare prices with cabinetdoors.com. Not only will cabinetdoors.com ship you the highest quality available, you will also pay a lower price. Delivery is a consideration also. We have a manufacturing time of seven-to-tan days and shipping is Fedex.

Take the guesswork out of your DIY project. Use the highest quality doors from the highest rated manufacturer on the web. Cabinetdoors.com has a Better Business Bureau rating of A+ and a 97% customer approval rating.

The Top-13 Unfinished Cabinet Door Styles can be viewed, priced, and ordered here.

Cabinet Door Replacement: The steps from ordering to job completion (long post)

Now that you have made the decision to remodel or reface your kitchen, there are a few steps critical to realizing your goal of making the kitchen the show-place of your home.

Cabinet Door Replacement: The steps from ordering to job completion.

Now that you have made the decision to remodel or reface your kitchen, there are a few steps critical to realizing your goal of making the kitchen the show-place of your home.

An outline of these steps follow and are explained in detail below the outline.
1. Determine whether you want stained or painted cabinets and doors.
2. Select the replacement cabinet door style.
3. Select the wood type for your project.
4. Measure your cabinet openings and calculate the door and drawer front sizes.
5. Select the manufacturer and order your new cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
6. Prepare the cabinet boxes for the new finish.
7. Finish your new doors and fronts to match your refinished cabinet boxes.
8. Hang the new doors and attach the new drawer fronts.

Now, lets go into detail on each of these points.

1. Determine whether you want stained or painted cabinets and doors.
The decision on whether to re-stain or paint has two factors. Removing existing stain and lacquer requires several steps and is more time-consuming than prepping the cabinet boxes to be painted.
This is really a personal opinion issue and it all comes down to a trade-off between the look you are after, the time you are willing to spend, and the amount you wish to spend.
2. Select the replacement cabinet door style.
This step is actually fairly quick and easy. A visit to the local Home Depot will give you an idea of the door types available. For a larger selection Google cabinet door manufactures. The Google search will return mostly websites operated by resellers or middlemen, but you will see a few actual factory-direct manufacturers.
The oldest web supplier, and one of the largest cabinet door manufacturers in America is CabinetDoors.Com.
The factory-direct web suppliers will save you from 30% to 50% off the retail chains and offer much quicker delivery. Keep in mind that the retail chains don’t make the doors they sell, they buy them from the same manufacturers you will find on the internet, increase the price, and sell them to you.
Another step in the door selection process is to select the hinges you will use. Modern hinges are a world apart from the hinges of yesterday. Most are hidden and well made, with a few actually made in America. The Blum line of hinges are made in America and are used by the majority of Custom Cabinet Makers across the country.
The advantage of selecting the hinges while ordering the cabinet doors is that you can have the new doors bored for the hinges and avoid the danger of a drilling error. The web manufacturer will also offer the hinges at a comparable price as the retail chains, but give you a higher quality hinge made in America.

3. Select the wood type for your project.
If you are staining the doors you will want the doors made of the same wood as your cabinets. So the stained boxes and the stained doors will match.
If you are painting then order the cabinet doors in Paint-Grade. Paint-Grade doors will be made of materials that take paint best. Usually this means the doors frame will be made of Poplar and the doors panel will be made of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF).
MDF paints well and is more dimensionally stable than wood, so it is less affected by humidity swings. Because MDF is slightly brittle it is not usually used to make the doors frames, but for the panels it is superior.
A little information about staining difficult woods might help avoid some problems. Maple and Alder are not easy woods to stain because these woods have variable density across each board. This variable density causes the less dense areas to absorb more stain than the harder areas causing a blotched look. Although it is beyond the scope of this article to cover wood dyes, those wishing to stain Maple would be wise to research wood dyes.

4. Measure your cabinet openings and calculate the door and drawer front sizes.
When measuring for new or replacement kitchen cabinet doors, the type of hinge you intend to use will influence the door sizes.
If you plan to use your existing hinges simply measure your existing cabinet doors and order doors of the same sizes. Be sure to order your doors with an outside edge that your existing hinges will fit. If you wish to have us supply the hinges we will insure that the hinges you receive will fit the doors you order.
If you plan to use our Top-Quality, Blum Inserta, Clip-top hinges with 1/2-inch overlay, your hinges will ship with your order.

To insure your new doors are perfectly sized for use with our hinges, the door size measurements are figured as follows:
On single doors simply measure the cabinet’s opening size and add 1-inch to both the width and height. For instance, if the cabinet opening size is 12-inches wide and 24-inches high, the door size will be 13 x 25.

On wider cabinets with two doors (butting in the center), measure the width of the opening, add 1-inch, then divide by 2.
Height is figured the same as for single doors. Just add 1-inch to the opening.
For instance, if the opening is 28 inches wide and 30 inches high, each door width would be 28 + 1 = 29 divided by 2 = 14 1/2-inches wide.

Our Blum hinges have plus/minus 2 millimeters of adjustment which will allow enough side adjustment to have a gap of up to 1/8-inch between the butting doors. If you live in a high humidity climate you may want to subtract an additional 1/16″ from the width of your Butt Doors.

So, don’t be intimidated into thinking it’s difficult to figure door sized from openings. Just take the measurements and order the door style of your choice…of give us a call and we’ll talk you through the entire process.

5. Select the manufacturer and order your new cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
The internet has made it possible to find sources for the do-it-yourself re-modeler to buy custom sizes of cabinet doors.

The majority of Cabinet Door Websites don’t actually make the doors they sell, and because they need to make a profit, they price the doors on their website higher than you will pay if you can find the actual manufacturer.

Way back in the mid 1990′s Western Cabinet Doors, Inc launched the first website offering custom sized cabinet doors on the internet. Western Cabinet Doors is a large manufacturer of Cabinet Doors, supplying hundreds of styles of doors to thousands of Home Builders, Custom Cabinet Shops, and Furniture Manufactures across the United States.

Today you can purchase their products on CabinetDoors.Com and choose from hundreds of door styles in dozens of wood types. You cab browse all the cabinet door possibilities and price your new doors by entering your custom sizes and choosing your wood. Even the cost of Fedex shipping to your home is shown before you enter your credit card.

Compare the prices of other websites and the big-box stores to ours. Not only will you save 30% to 50% but you will get the same quality and guarantee we supply to luxury home builders across the country.

Our quality is superior, our product is made in the United States, and our production time is between 7-and-10 days.

Whether you want traditional cabinet doors, mitered doors, Raised Panel doors, or specialty doors, we make the largest selection in the industry and we have been supplying thousands of users for over 35 years.

Cabinetdoors.com is not just a website re-marketing cabinet doors, we are the manufacturer and we stand behind our product.

6. Prepare the cabinet boxes for the new finish.
Cleaning, sanding, and painting:
While painting existing cabinets is much easier and faster than staining, there are still some critical steps that are necessary to obtaining a professional finish.
Here are some tried and true rules of thumb that relate to painting Kitchen Cabinet Doors.

* The first is the “prep-prep-prep” rule. That means that every hour spent preparing the cabinet box or cabinet door for painting saves two hours in repainting.

* The second is the 5-F’s rule. This rule is “Fine Finishers Finish Firewood First”. It simply means that experimenting with your finish on scrap wood can prevent ruining a door with a failed finishing attempt.

* The third is always break all sharp edges with fine sandpaper before painting. Sharp edges will not hold paint and will give the dried paint an unpainted spot to absorb moisture.

* The forth is to keep in mind that all wood types will expand and contract with changes in humidity. The paint will slow these humidity-caused wood movements, but no paint is totally moisture-proof, and paint will not stop the movements. This humidity-movement of wood presents another potential issue for the painted cabinet door. When the paint dries, it will no longer have the elasticity to move with the wood; so it will crack, usually along the glue joints where the Stiles & Rails join.

* The fifth relates to the hardness of the paint-grade wood. The softer the wood, the more easily it will dent, if hit with a pot or frying pan. The dent in the wood may be slight and hardly noticeable, but dried paint doesn’t dent without cracking. The weakest link in any painted cabinet door is not the door. Regardless of the wood type used, the weakest link is always the paint.

* The sixth practice covers the method of application of the paint. The desired look from painting a cabinet door is usually a high gloss finish, similar to the finish on a piano. A finish of this quality will certainly require a highly experienced finishing professional, and a dust-free spray booth. This doesn’t mean you can’t achieve an excellent finish, but it does mean you won’t get this piano-finish with a paint brush in your driveway. To get a professional looking finish you will need to spray-on the paint. Not from a Krylon can, but from an compressed-air, or airless, spray painting system.

Now for the step-by-step process I’ve learned through years of both success and a few failures.

 

Lets get started by working through the process step-by-step.

This process covers both the cabinet boxes and the cabinet doors. Because the doors are more critical these instructions focus mostly on doors, but apply to the boxes as well.
Lay the door on a flat surface and lightly sand the door with a flexible-foam sanding sponge (I like the 3M sanding block sponges best) or 220-grit sandpaper. Be sure to sand “with the wood grain” on the front, back, and sides.

Remove any residual grit with a clean cloth (tack cloth is best) or a vacuum.

Next comes what is probably the most important step in the entire process. Sealing and priming the wood.

The priming coat, is also called a sealing coat, or a Sealing indicating coat. These are essentially the same thing. It’s purpose is to seal the wood so that the final paint will adhere evenly and also make it easy to spot uneven areas in the wood while it’s still easy to correct the blemish. Primer can be applied by brush or roller. I like to use a roller for the bigger areas followed by a good quality brush for smoothing and painting the finer details on the cabinet doors. You won’t need the $25 brush but don’t get the $1 brush either. Expect to pay $6-$10 for a good, fine-bristle brush. Try not to get paint all over the brush, dipping only about 1/2″ to 1″ into the paint is best. Also, between coats you can place the brush in a plastic bag to keep it from drying out, and avoid cleaning it until the end of each day.

Any hardware or paint store will have a wide selection of sealer/primer and paint for your doors. Be sure and match the primer with the paint you plan to use. If you are going to use latex (water based) paint, use a latex primer. If using an oil based paint, use an oil based primer. Also try to use a primer with a drying time of 30 minutes or less. White primer works best because it will show the uneven areas of the door better. This allows you to spot (and correct) the areas that need filling before painting.

Once the first coat of primer is dry you will be able to see some small, uneven areas, scratches, or dents in the wood. Now it’s time for the filler. This is the most important step in obtaining that perfect painted finish.

All hardwoods have voids, which cannot be seen until it is primed. I use a filler to fill all of these spots. The two types of filler I’ve used with success are Bondo 907 Glazing and Spot Putty and Elmer’s Wood Filler Max White. The Bondo putty works best, mainly because it is an orange color than makes it easier to see where you have filled. The Elmer’s is white. Fillers must be sanded smooth after drying and then sealed with primer before painting to prevent the color from bleeding through.

After filling, sand the filled areas (use the 3M sponge to keep your fingers from sanding dips in the filled areas), wipe the dust off, and apply one last primer coat.

When the primer has dried, give the doors a light sanding and wipe them clean of any dust. If the final inspection doesn’t show any unfilled scratches or small voids, you are ready to paint.

Now comes the actual painting, which is actually the easiest phase of the project. But without going through the priming-sanding-filling-priming process, there would be little chance of obtaining a truly great painted cabinet door.

Using the same technique you used with the primer–roller for the large areas, and paint brush to smooth and paint the smaller and detailed areas–apply your paint to the doors.

There is no need to sand between paint coats but it is a good idea to insure there is no dried paint on the brush that could work its way into your finish on the following coats.

Although the finish may look good after one coat of paint, two coats are normally applied to assure durability of the finish. Just follow the directions on your paint (and primer) and follow the drying time recommendations.

Here is a link to the CabinetDoors.Com Blog where you will find several other posts on finding, sizing, ordering, painting, and staining Unfinished Replacement Kitchen Cabinet Doors.

7. Finish your new doors and fronts to match your refinished cabinet boxes.
Stripping and re-staining:
Because new raw-wood cabinet doors won’t require any stripping and only minimal touch-up sanding, most of the refinishing work is avoided.
To start the staining process I prefer minwax. Minwax makes a good selection of stains which are super easy to apply. Once you have selected your stain choice just follow the directions on the can. Stains are forgiving so don’t worry about a disaster. A tip is to stain the backs of a few drawer fronts first. This allows you to experiment in an area that won’t be seen.
After the staining is completed it’s time to apply the lacquer. Again Minwax offers a large selection. Minwax Polyurethane is a good choice to go over the Minwax stains. Another tip; use the Polyurethane from a can and not the spray cans. The caned Polyurethane covers much better and makes a mush smoother finish.
It’s important when finishing the doors to apply equal Polyurethane to all sides of the doors. Unequal coverage will result in uneven moisture absorption or loss and will contribute to future warping.

8. Hang the new doors and attach the new drawer fronts.
The process of hanging the cabinet doors is actually straight forward. I’ve found it useful to attach a straight piece of wood to the bottom of the cabinet to rest the door on while aligning the hinge mounting bracket for drilling. Just clamp the straight edge so the door bottom will extend 1/2-inch below the cabinet opening. Using a long straight edge will insure all the doors are perfectly aligned.

Here is a useful video showing the hanging of canceled hinge cabinet doors.

Custom Cabinet Doors: Where to find them and How to buy online

Where to find Custom Cabinet Doors and How to safely buy them online

Custom Cabinet Doors are not the off-the-shelf doors found at retail hardware stores. The Hardware store doors are the most common, lowest quality doors intended for the handyman building a few low-end cabinets for the laundry room.

The custom door will come from an American Manufacturer and not be imported from India or China. The American Manufacturer will offer a large selection to choose from, and will make any size you need. Sizes can be ordered in 1/16th inch steps and in virtually any wood you want.

Most of the websites offering custom cabinet doors don’t actually make the doors they sell, they just take your order and place it with an actual manufacturer. Of course they increase the price enough to make a profit, but the doors you receive will be American made and usually of good quality.

Over the past few years a few actual manufacturers have started offering their products factory-direct on websites. The advantage to finding the actual manufacturer is that you avoid paying the middleman markup and have a guarantee from the manufacturing company, instead of a guarantee from the middleman.

The Custom Cabinet Door manufacturing company with the oldest and largest online presence is CabinetDoors.Com, a division of Western Cabinet Doors, Inc. They have been in the business of making cabinet doors for home builders, custom cabinet shops, and furniture manufacturers for 35+ years and have been offering their doors on the web since the mid 1990’s.

Cabinetdoors.com lets the remodeler see detailed pictures of the doors and allows ordering on the website. You simply select the door style you want, select the wood type, enter the quantity, width, and height, and the price is shown. Add that door selection to the shopping cart and enter your next size door. You will see the door list with the running total. There is even a button which will show the shipping charges as the order progresses.

You will know the total cost of the doors and drawer fronts, as well as the total shipping before you complete the process and enter your credit card information. Your privacy and security is assured through encrypted order processing and your piece of mind is guaranteed by our Better Business Bureau A+ rating.

Cabinetdoors.com continues to lead in overall quality while saving the remodeler more than 30% off the hardware retail store prices. Delivery is another benefit from buying factory-direct. Our manufacturing time is 7-10 days so your doors will be completed and delivered well before the retail chain even finished the paperwork.

Cabinet Doors Phoenix

If you are in the Phoenix area, or anywhere in Arizona, and looking for replacement kitchen cabinet doors, Cabinetdoors.com is the oldest and largest local manufacturer of cabinet doors in the state.

We make hundreds of door styles in any custom sizes you may need, and in any of 14 different wood types. Our 13 most popular door styles can be browsed, priced, and ordered online here.

Each of our cabinet door styles is available in Paint Grade and will be delivered finish-sanded and paint-ready. Pricing starts at under $10 per door for smaller sizes in most door styles.

We are one of the largest employers in Payson, Arizona and own and operate a 30,000 square foot modern manufacturing facility.

All orders under 1,000 doors are completed in under 10-days. We ship daily all over the country, but our trucks deliver daily to the Phoenix area and weekly to Tucson, Flagstaff, and the rest of the state.

We were the first cabinet door manufacturer to offer our products online and our website, cabinetdoors.com, is one of the leading suppliers of cabinet doors in the country.

Next time you are thinking about refacing or remodeling a kitchen, take a look at cabinetdoors.com. Our quality, selection, pricing, and delivery have given us a reputation that is industry leading. Our Better Business Bureau Rating is A+ and our customer satisfaction feedback is over 97%. Follow this link to see our customer feedback and read the customer comments we have received over the past few months.

Browse our website and let us know what you think.

Kitchen Cabinet Doors Only : How to Buy online and stain or paint them

Replacing your Cabinet Doors is a relatively quick project that will make a dramatic change in the overall look of your kitchen. New kitchen cabinet doors that are Made in America offer durability and reliability that will last generations.

Buying only the unfinished cabinet doors gives you almost unlimited options toward obtaining the finish and overall look you are seeking.

The internet allows end users to place their own orders factory-direct, cut out the middleman’s profit, receive American Made Quality, and save 30% under the big-box retail store price.

When you are ready to compare prices and quality on replacement kitchen cabinet doors, visit the big-box retailer then visit www.cabinetdoors.com. Now you can actually see the middleman and retail markup and you can actually keep those markups yourself.

Cabinetdoors.com is the web sales division of Western Cabinet Doors. A company 35+ years manufacturing cabinet doors and an A+ Better Business Bureau Rating.

Visit our company Blog to read dozens of articles on Kitchen Refacing, painting kitchen cabinet doors, which woods paint best and which to avoid when painting cabinet doors, and finishing with lacquer or polyurethane.

Kitchen Cabinet Doors: Online and Made in America

Refacing your kitchen cabinets with new Cabinet Doors that are Made in America is easier than ever before.

 while there are several websites selling kitchen cabinet doors, very few of those websites actually make the doors they sell. The secret to their web business is that they know who the manufacturers are and have set up drop-shipping agreements with them. They take your order on their website and foreword it to the manufacturer, who fills the order and ships it directly to the buyer. The website owner is the ultimate middleman. He simply adds his profit to the manufacturers and emails your order to the manufacturer.

If the end user could find out who the actual manufacturer was, his costs could be cut by over 30%.

Well, the internet allows end users to place their own orders factory-direct, cut out the middleman’s profit, receive American Made Quality, and save 30% under the big-box retail store price.

When you are ready to compare prices and quality on replacement kitchen cabinet doors, visit the big-box retailer then visit www.cabinetdoors.com. Now you can actually see the middleman and retail markup and you can actually keep those markups yourself.

Cabinetdoors.com is the web sales division of Western Cabinet Doors. A company 35+ years manufacturing cabinet doors and an A+ Better Business Bureau Rating.

Wholesale Cabinet Doors

Wholesale Cabinet Doors can be found on the web at higher quality than retail chains and at lower prices.

The internet has allowed the DIY home-owner access to cabinet doors direct from the manufacturer.

In the past if the DIY home-owner could locate a real manufacturer, he would likely find the manufacturer unwilling to sell his products directly to the home-owner. These manufacturers had tailored  marketing toward home builders and custom cabinet shops, and simply were not interested in a one-time order from a home-owner.

The internet has made selling direct to the home-owner into a profitable side-market by removing the cost of marketing and sales. A well designed website allows the home-owner access to the manufacturers products with no marketing or sales staff to inflate costs. The website allows the customer to select and order the product with no manufacturer assistance required. The website will place the order into the manufacturing schedule and coordinate the shipping, again without any additional marketing or sales costs.

Once manufacturers started to realize that allowing home-owners to purchase their products online, without increasing the size of the marketing and sales staff, the business models started to change.

For the past 18 years The Door Stop has been offering cabinet doors and drawer fronts directly to home-owners through the website CabinetDoors.com.

The sales cost to The Door Stop is actually less that the cost of sales to home builders, so the smaller average-size of the home-owner sales is offset by the marketing savings.

This is the reason The Door Stop started www.cabinetdoors.com and operated the website as a wholesale source of cabinet doors marketed direct to the home-owner.

Wholesale cabinet doors sold factory-direct to the home-owner reduces marketing costs to allow web sales at significant saving to the home-owner. These cost savings typically range between 30% to 50% below the large chain retail stores.

Follow this link to browse our 13 most popular door styles. Just click a door picture, select a wood from the dropdown menu, then enter width and height sizes. The price of your door in that style, wood, and size is instantly shown. No need to list all the door information and send it to us in an email, then wait for our response. All pricing is done on the website. Then, after you have completed and approved your shopping cart, the order is integrated directly into our scheduling computers and into production within hours. Your order will be completed in just 7-to-10 days, packed, and shipped to you by Fedex Ground. Depending on your distance from our factory, shipping time will be from 1-to-5 additional days.

Cabinet Refacing: A complete How-To

Cabinet Refacing is the low-cost alternative to replacing your existing Kitchen Cabinets with new.

The advantages vs. disadvantages are these.

* Refacing is considerably less expensive, especially if you do the work yourself.

* Refacing is less disruptive.

Counter tops and plumbing are often re-usable.

The kitchen is still usable during the process.

* Existing cabinet boxes are often in excellent shape and higher quality than new.

* Refacing usually requires refinishing the boxes and replacing the cabinet doors.

* Refacing offers a larger selection of cabinet doors, several hundred styles.

New cabinets typically offer a dozen or less door styles.

* Refacing supplies and doors are available online from several sources.

* New cabinets give more design options.

* New cabinets make the kitchen an unusable space.

Existing cabinet demolition is messy, noisy, and destructive to flooring.

 

The process covers the prep of the existing cabinets, followed by the finishing of the boxes and new unfinished cabinet doors.

To process and paint your existing boxes and new cabinet doors, follow these steps.

First the rules to follow to avoid disappointment.

* The first is the “prep-prep-prep” rule. That means that every hour spent preparing the cabinet door for painting saves two hours in repainting.

* The second is the 5-F’s rule. This rule is “Fine Finishers Finish Firewood First”. It simply means that experimenting with your finish on scrap wood can prevent ruining a door with a failed finishing attempt.

* The third is always break all sharp edges with fine sandpaper before painting. Sharp edges will not hold paint and will give the dried paint an unpainted spot to absorb moisture.

* The forth is to keep in mind that all wood types will expand and contract with changes in humidity. The paint will slow these humidity-caused wood movements, but no paint is totally moisture-proof, and paint will not stop the movements. This humidity-movement of wood presents another potential issue for the painted cabinet door. When the paint dries, it will no longer have the elasticity to move with the wood; so it will crack, usually along the glue joints where the Stiles & Rails join.

* The fifth relates to the hardness of the paint-grade wood. The softer the wood, the more easily it will dent, if hit with a pot or frying pan. The dent in the wood may be slight and hardly noticeable, but dried paint doesn’t dent without cracking. The weakest link in any painted cabinet door is not the door. Regardless of the wood type used, the weakest link is always the paint.

* The sixth practice covers the method of application of the paint. The desired look from painting a cabinet door is usually a high gloss finish, similar to the finish on a piano. A finish of this quality will certainly require a highly experienced finishing professional, and a dust-free spray booth. This doesn’t mean you can’t achieve an excellent finish, but it does mean you won’t get this piano-finish with a paint brush in your driveway. To get a professional looking finish you will need to spray-on the paint. Not from a Krylon can, but from an compressed-air, or airless, spray painting system.

Now for the step-by-step process I’ve learned through years of both success and a few failures.

Lets get started and work through the process step-by-step.

For the boxes clean the cabinets thoroughly. Any grease remaining on the surfaces will interfere with refinishing.

TSP is the preferred product for this job, as it will not only clean and remove even heavy grease deposits, but with a strong enough concentration can even dull and etch the paint so that it is ready to be primed.

Lightly sand any rough areas of bubbled or peeling paint or varnish, and then sand all surfaces until they are smooth and even. Take your time with this step—the results will be well worth the extra effort.

When done sanding, wipe the wood with a damp cloth (to remove all dust particles) and let dry. If the finish you are working with is an oil base product, you may dampen a cloth with mineral spirits or paint thinner, rather than water, which will allow it to dry much more rapidly.

Remove any residual grit with a clean cloth (tack cloth is best) or a vacuum.

Next comes what is probably the most important step in the entire process. Sealing and priming the wood.

The priming coat, is also called a sealing coat, or a Sealing indicating coat. These are essentially the same thing. It’s purpose is to seal the wood so that the final paint will adhere evenly and also make it easy to spot uneven areas in the wood while it’s still easy to correct the blemish. Primer can be applied by brush or roller. I like to use a roller for the bigger areas followed by a good quality brush for smoothing and painting the finer details on the cabinet doors. You won’t need the $25 brush but don’t get the $1 brush either. Expect to pay $6-$10 for a good, fine-bristle brush. Try not to get paint all over the brush, dipping only about 1/2″ to 1″ into the paint is best. Also, between coats you can place the brush in a plastic bag to keep it from drying out, and avoid cleaning it until the end of each day.

Any hardware or paint store will have a wide selection of sealer/primer and paint for your doors. Be sure and match the primer with the paint you plan to use. If you are going to use latex (water based) paint, use a latex primer. If using an oil based paint, use an oil based primer. Also try to use a primer with a drying time of 30 minutes or less. White primer works best because it will show the uneven areas of the door better. This allows you to spot (and correct) the areas that need filling before painting

Once the first coat of primer is dry you will be able to see some small, uneven areas, scratches, or dents in the wood. Now it’s time for the filler. This is the most important step in obtaining that perfect painted finish.

All hardwoods have voids, which cannot be seen until it is primed. I use a filler to fill all of these spots. The two types of filler I’ve used with success are Bondo 907 Glazing and Spot Putty and Elmer’s Wood Filler Max White. The Bondo putty works best, mainly because it is an orange color than makes it easier to see where you have filled. The Elmer’s is white. Fillers must be sanded smooth after drying and then sealed with primer before painting to prevent the color from bleeding through.

After filling, sand the filled areas (use the 3M sponge to keep your fingers from sanding dips in the filled areas), wipe the dust off, and apply one last primer coat.

When the primer has dried, give the doors a light sanding and wipe them clean of any dust. If the final inspection doesn’t show any unfilled scratches or small voids, you are ready to paint.

Now comes the actual painting, which is actually the easiest phase of the project. But without going through the priming-sanding-filling-priming process, there would be little chance of obtaining a truly great painted cabinet door.

Using the same technique you used with the primer–roller for the large areas, and paint brush to smooth and paint the smaller and detailed areas–apply your paint to the doors.

There is no need to sand between paint coats but it is a good idea to insure there is no dried paint on the brush that could work its way into your finish on the following coats.

Although the finish may look good after one coat of paint, two coats are normally applied to assure durability of the finish. Just follow the directions on your paint (and primer) and follow the drying time recommendations.

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