How To Update Your Kitchen Cabinets On A Budget

Remodeling your kitchen is a smart home investment. Kitchens get a lot of traffic and certain elements, like the cabinets, can get worn out from such heavy daily usage. However, ripping out your old cabinets and installing new ones is a very expensive remodel. If you are on a tight budget, you can still remodel your kitchen cabinets though. This article explains how you can order and install new doors for your kitchen cabinets. This is a project that you can do on your own time with minimal tools.

Removing and Ordering your Doors

You can start the job right now by removing the existing doors. This is usually very easy because most doors are just attached to the cabinet frame with two small screws in each hinge. With a small power drill, you can remove all the doors in a matter of minutes.

While you can do most of the installation on your own, you will need to have your new doors made by a professional cabinet maker. This means the cabinet maker will need to come to your home and measure your cabinets. This can be done before or after you remove the doors.

Installing your New Doors

Installing the new doors is easy, but it can be a little tricky to get them perfectly level. First, you need to decide if you are going to use the hinges from your old doors, or installed new ones. New hinges are probably a good idea because they will be stronger and cleaner. This means you will need to drill new holes into the cabinet frame. If this is the case, you should feel the existing holes from your old hinges with wood putty.

To hang the doors perfectly, you need a small level. Attach the hinges to the door before you attach them to the cabinet frame. The job is easier if you have a helper. One person needs to hold the door in place (in the open position) while you check the level as you screw in the hinges. Attach one screw at the top of the upper hinges first. Then, recheck the level and make sure everything is okay before you attach a screw to the lower hinge. Close the door and double check the level. It does not need to be exactly perfect at this point because the hinges allow you to make small adjustments.

If the doors seem level and are closing well, you can attach the rest of the screws. Just like that, the new doors will completely redefine your cabinets and the look of the entire room,