It is a well-known fact that cabinets are often the most significant part of the total antique furniture collection. Therefore, when cabinet doors become damaged or show signs of deterioration, it can be a difficult and expensive task to try and restore them. When cabinet refacing is done, however, the results can be very rewarding. Whether trying to reproduce a cabinet design from an older century or just trying to give the cabinet a new look with some clean lines, there are many options for restoring old cabinet doors.
The first step in restoring old cabinet doors is to determine the problem area. This will help to determine what type of cabinet door is needed to address the problem. For example, cabinet doors may be too wide for the opening of the cabinet. Or, they may be too narrow for the opening of the cabinet. The cabinet door may simply be too large to fit through the existing door jamb.
The second step in the process of refacing cabinet doors is to measure the door opening. Many antique cabinet doors may be too long for the opening, in which case new doors may have to be purchased. In this situation, the next step is to remove the hardware from the doors and take away any hardware that may have been attached with screws. Next, a few small pieces of wood from the floor or other surfaces that are not damaged should be sawed off to allow for the replacement of the cabinet doors with new ones. These pieces should be used for lining the new doors. The lining should cover the entire door and may also be covered with a thin veneer.
The third step in the process of refacing cabinet doors is to apply a clear lacquer to the damaged areas. The damage may be repaired using cabinet repair glue. This process should be performed with care to ensure the finish does not bleed or seep through the area where the cabinet doors are being refaced. Once the cabinet doors are refaced and dry, the finish should be sanded to prepare it for the application of stain. The final step in the process involves painting the exposed wood with the appropriate color shade. A couple of coats of stain should be allowed to cure and then the doors should be mounted on either wood or plastic hinges and secured with brass or wooden bracelets.
If the damage to the cabinet doors is severe, they may have to be completely replaced. In this case, the cabinet door may need to be removed from the frame and replacement of the cabinet frame should be done. One way of restoring old cabinets is by replacing the doors with new ones. The existing doors should be stained accordingly and the frame should be refaced to provide a matching wood or metal frame.
In some cases, especially if the cabinet door is damaged or the wood involved is not suitable, the cabinet may simply have to be refaced entirely. Wood and metal frames are relatively easy to fabricate. If the cabinet door has a worn finish, refinishing it can restore it to near new condition without much effort.