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How to Refinish a Kitchen Recycle Center

DIY Network experts show how a used, but still useful, kitchen cabinet can be given new life as a kitchen recycling center.

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Step 1: Purchase New Parts

Order replacement door knobs to match the new knobs for the other cabinets. If desired, order an additional matching countertop section is ordered to fit.

Step 2: Sand and Prep the Cabinet

First remove the doors and hardware, along with any movable shelves. Sand all surfaces lightly – just enough to scuff the sealer that protects the original finish. Use a sanding sponge to get into nooks and seams. Sand the top of the cabinet, although it will be covered by a section of new countertop, in order to test various stain colors.

Step 3: Apply Stain and Sealer

Apply stain with a foam brush, allow it to penetrate the wood for 15 minutes, and then wipe away the excess with a clean rag. For a deeper finish, follow the product recommendations for first-coat drying time, then repeat this step with a second coat of stain.

When the second stain coat is dry, apply a clear polyurethane sealer. Apply three coats to ensure the long-lasting protection required in a kitchen environment.

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Step 4: Attach the Countertop

Place dabs of silicone adhesive caulk where the new solid surface countertop rests on the cabinet. Invert the countertop and set it in place. Do not reposition or move the countertop or the cabinet until the adhesive has had adequate time to set.

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