Installing kitchen wall cabinets creates storage space into your kitchen. However, these cabinets also complete the look of any kitchen. In this regard, it is important to go through all the finishing touches during the installation of the kitchen wall cabinets.
Finishing work for kitchen wall cabinets generally pertains to putting in moldings and doing minimal repairs on the fixtures and doors.
Step 1 – Installing the Trim Molding
You can now start to install the trim moldings onto your kitchen wall cabinets. Prior to installing the trim moldings to your wall cabinets, it is important that you measure the length as well as the height of the cabinets. Once you have measured the cabinets, measure and mark the trim moldings. Provide for a ¼-inch allowance.
Cut the marked area on the trim molding and place some constructive adhesives on the backside of the molding. Place the trim molding on the edges of the cabinets making sure that it is aligned properly. After placing the trims, hammer some small or finishing nails to secure the trim moldings.
Step 2 – Putting Back the Cabinet Doors
After putting in all the moldings, you can now put back the cabinet doors. However, before you can screw in the doors you do need to put in some hinges, in case the hinges are not yet installed.
Place the hinges on the areas marked specifically for hinges. You can easily locate this since the areas are often marked with small holes. Once you have located the area, place the hinges making sure that it is aligned properly. Screw one side of the hinge on to the frame of the cabinet. After screwing on all the hinges, you can now screw the other side of the hinge onto the cabinet doors.
In case the hinges are already in place and you just need to make some minor adjustments, you need to either sink the hinges down by chiseling a portion of the area. If the door is not closing properly, you may need to shim the hinges up to align the doors.
Step 3 – Finishing (Painting)
Once you are done, fill in any holes using the putty paste. Allow at least 4 hours for the putty paste to dry. Once it is dry, sand the areas with putty paste until smooth. Cover all handles and fixtures with painter’s tape. Wear your safety gear. You can now paint the wall cabinets.
Step 4 – Finishing (Staining)
If you prefer to stain your wall cabinets, you first need to sand the cabinets. After sanding, make sure you thoroughly remove all the dust particles or dirt obtained from sanding. Wear your safety gear before staining.
Apply the wood stain along the wood grain. Let it dry for at least 30 minutes then sand it again. After sanding, apply a second coat for durability. On the last application of the stain, do not sand the cabinets anymore.