Refacing Metal Kitchen Cabinets

  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-100
What You'll Need
Contact paper
Xacto knife
Warm water and mild detergent
Measuring tape
Cutting mat

Metal kitchen cabinets are difficult and expensive to replace outright. However, if you want to improve and change the overall appearance of your kitchen or another part of your home with metal cabinets, you can easily replace the facing material on the cabinet in order to achieve a new look. This process is relatively straightforward and is quite inexpensive to do. Additionally, it gives you a greater degree of flexibility in terms of the design style as compared with a process like painting the cabinets, which also leads to uneven and sloppy looking work more often. Read on for a step-by-step guide on refacing metal kitchen cabinets.

Step 1 - Clean Off Cabinets

Use the sponge, water, and detergent to gently wipe down the face of each of the cabinets. This will help to clean any grime or dirt that may have built up on them off so that you'll be able to lay down the contact paper easily and without any obstructions.

Step 2 - Disassemble the Cabinets

Using your screwdriver, disassemble the cabinets as much as possible. Use the screwdriver to remove the front face of the cabinets by unlatching the hinges where they open. Remove the shelving of the cabinets and the sides, if they're not attached to the wall or to another item in the kitchen.

Step 3 - Measure the Cabinets

Measure all surfaces of the cabinet with the measuring tape. If it's helpful, jot down the exact dimensions of the cabinet faces on a separate sheet of paper, labeled as such so that you'll remember where each side goes. This is necessary so that you can cut out the contact paper to the proper size.

Step 4 - Cut the Contact Paper

Use a cutting mat to ensure that you don't cause damage to any other parts of the kitchen. Layout the contact paper and carefully measure out exactly how large the first sheet of paper will need to be. Use the T-square to ensure that you end up with an accurate and even cut while you cut the contact paper with your knife.

Step 5 - Lay the Contact Paper

Finally, attach the contact paper to the surface of each cabinet face. Be sure that the surface is dry before you do this. It's helpful to match up one side or corner of the paper before you lay down the rest of it. This will help to make sure that it's even from the beginning and will also help you to avoid any air bubbles or uneven portions of the contact paper too.

All of the materials that are necessary to complete this do-it-yourself project are available through your local hardware or home improvement store.