A great number of older home owners to have at one time or another considered “restoring” an older home to its original beauty. Most often this is accomplished by refinishing the existing cabinets and adding some finishing touches such as upholstery or painting. Although this method may seem satisfactory to the eye, it is a definite drain on your wallet, especially when you factor in tools needed, materials used and labor required.
Refinishing a damaged or antique cabinet may be the best way to restore the value of your home. When the cabinet is not damaged but only has cosmetic defects that reduce its attractiveness, the cost of restoring the cabinet may still be within your budget. For those who are interested in restoring old cabinet in their own home, there are many ways to do so. In the process of restoring your cabinet you will need to pay attention to many factors.
The first thing you will want to take into consideration when refinishing a cabinet is the wood it is made out of. Wood is a natural product so it is always most desirable when refinished with a finish that mimics what nature would produce naturally. There are several finishes to choose from but one that is very desirable and should be chosen if at all possible is a walnut veneer finish. Walnut veneers are virtually indistinguishable from a true walnut, providing an unparalleled smoothness and richness in a wood that is so sought after.
Other desirable finishes are a brushed nickel or gold finish. These two finishes provide a bright pop of color and sparkle. If you are not interested in purchasing a new wood and do not have the time to properly treat an old cabinet, you may also consider sanding the wood and then using a refinished finish. This will give the wood a clean, even appearance, as well as remove any imperfections present in the wood. Be sure to leave enough space between the edges of your cabinet and the wall to ensure a good level of finishing.
After you have cleaned your cabinet and refinished it if you desire, you may need to apply some hardware. Hardware can be bought new or used depending on how worn out the hardware is and how expensive it is. If the cabinet is fairly new you simply need to buy a few pulls or knobs and then you can refinish them with a wood wax similar to what you use for new wood. You can find this wax at just about any home improvement store. This wax can be applied over the entire surface of the cabinet and will leave it looking like brand new.
After you have completed refinishing your cabinet, you may decide that you want to add some finishing touches. You can use either fine sandpaper or a sanding block to smooth out any knots in your wood or to bring out the natural beauty of the grain. Finishing the cabinet will also help it to age better and look more natural. You can never go wrong when restoring old cabinet doors. For more details on this visit www.louisvillecabinetrefinishingandrefacing.com.