Re-facing your cabinets may be the best solution if you want to update them, but you want to save time and money.

  • Remove all of the cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
  • Prepare the surface of the cabinets. Sand down, remove the grease of the faces and sides of the cabinets, wipe to with cloth to remove dirt, and fill the holes with wood filler.
  • Cover the stiles with wood veneer. Measure the cabinet surface, then, cut out pieces of veneer to cover the stiles (use a straightedge and a utility knife).  Cut the veneer into strips that are half an inch larger than each rail and stile.  .
  • Apply a coat of contact cement to the back of each piece of veneer and to the cabinet surface. Let them dry for about 20 minutes before you put them in place.
  • Slowly bring each piece of veneer into the stile and press it down firmly with wood block. This will strengthen the bond and remove air bubbles. Make sure you get the right position.
  • Use a utility knife to trim excess veneer along the cabinet edge. Trim the outer edges, bottom and the top.
  • Smooth the edges of the veneer using a mill file; moving in one direction from veneer toward the cut.
  • Stain and coat the veneer with a sealant to make a complete facelift.
  • Install new doors using a drill. Align the door in the cabinet and screw temporarily, adjust until it is positioned correctly then screw tightly.