How to Reface Your Under-Sink Cabinet

bathroom with under-the-sink cabinet
  • 12-78 hours
  • Advanced
  • 350-3,500
What You'll Need
Screwdrivers
Sander
Primer and paint
Paint brush
Wooden boards
Woodwork equipment
Drawer pulls
Door handles
Veneer
What You'll Need
Screwdrivers
Sander
Primer and paint
Paint brush
Wooden boards
Woodwork equipment
Drawer pulls
Door handles
Veneer

Refacing an under-sink cabinet is a much more economic solution than replacing it. It also takes a lot less time than replacing the entire structure. Under sink cabinets needs refacing when the doors and drawers are not working properly, the paint is cracking, or when the cabinet design is simply outdated. Although the refacing process may differ for specific types of cabinets, you can follow these general steps to do the job.

Planning

Note that the structure needs to remain intact. Before removing anything, determine which parts need to go and which parts can remain. Also decide whether to repaint or apply veneer. Then check the door handles, drawer pulls, and other hardware to see if they can be reused.

Removing the Doors and Drawers

Unhinge the doors and remove the drawers that need to be replaceed. If the door knobs or drawer pulls can be reused, remove them from the doors and drawers and set them aside. Dispose of the unneeded materials.

Purchasing

Before purchasing any materials, measure the precise dimensions of the cabinet. If you decide to build the replacements as a DIY project, purchase the required materials, such as wood, nails, knobs, pulls, and hinges.

Building

Rebuild the old doors and drawers according to the measurements. Do not install the cabinet hardware until after you have painted the cabinet or applied the veneer.

Painting or Applying Veneer

Prepare the wood before painting or applying the veneer. Sand the rough edges and remove any paint or damaged veneer using the appropriate tools and materials. Apply water sealant primer before painting. Wait for the primer to dry thoroughly before applying the first coat of paint. Choose a good color that matches the background. Allow the first coat to dry and apply the finishing coat.

For the veneer, make sure to cut it according to the dimensions on the cabinet surfaces, including the exposed parts of the doors and drawers. Apply veneer adhesive on the cabinet surfaces or on the underside of the veneer. Glue the veneer accordingly.

Install the Cabinet Hardware

Install the drawer pulls and the doorknobs to complete the project. Allow the paint or veneer to dry completely before using the sink.