How to Reface Metal Kitchen Cabinets


If you’ve got metal cabinets, remodeling and updating your kitchen's look on the cheap can seem impossible. But you can cheaply change the look of your smart, easy-to-clean investment. While painting is not the best option, you can use adhesive-backed contact papers in heavy vinyl weights to reface your cabinets. Available at most home improvement stores in a bevy of colors and faux wood finishes, contact paper is an easy way to make your kitchen modern.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Sponge
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Cutting mat
  • Contact paper
  • Utility knife
  • T-square
  • Rubber brayer
  • Wipe down the cabinets with a sponge soaked in warm water and mild dish detergent to remove all dirt, grime and stickiness that could interfere with the application of contact paper

  • Disassemble the cabinets as much as possible with a screwdriver, removing all doors and hardware to make application much simpler.

  • Measure all parts of the cabinets with a measuring tape, including all doors and drawer fronts that you'd like covered.

  • Place a cutting mat down on a flat surface and begin cutting your contact paper with an utility knife based on the measurements taken in the previous step. Most rolls of contact paper come with grids on the back, which can be used as a guide for cutting. Use a measurement T-square to ensure straight lines and squared corners.

  • Apply the contact paper to the cabinet pieces, starting at a corner to make sure the paper lines up evenly with the cabinetry. Use a rubber brayer to prevent and get rid of bubbling.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not peel off the backing of the contact paper all at once. Peel it off as you go across the surface of the cabinetry.
  • This process is best handled by two or more people.

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