How to Reface Kitchen Appliances

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For years, people thought that the only way to get new-looking kitchen appliances was to replace them. However, this is a waste of both money and resources. A more eco-friendly alternative is to simply reface an existing kitchen appliance. As long as your kitchen appliances are operating properly, it's well worth the time to make them look brand new by replacing front panels.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Appliance model number
  • Panel
  • Trim Kit
  • Screwdriver
  • Choose the appliance you want to reface and measure its dimensions with measuring tape. Write down the height, width and depth. This information will help you know if a particular panel kit will fit your kitchen appliance.

  • Set a budget for refacing your kitchen appliances. Some new panel materials, like stainless steel, cost more than basic white or black panels. In addition, refacing a refrigerator could cost several hundred dollars more than refacing a dishwasher. Plan for these expenses and include them in your budget.

  • Select a color for your new panel. If you are refacing appliances to match another appliance, simply choose a panel kit in the color of that existing appliance. Otherwise, choose the finish that you believe will look best in your kitchen.

  • Order a panel and trim kit from your appliances manufacturer or refacing company. If you have your appliance model number, you can purchase the exact panel and trim kit you need, and therefore be certain it will fit. Otherwise, give your measurements to a company that specializes in refacing appliances and they will help direct you to the right products for refacing your kitchen appliances.

  • Take off any handle that may be attached to your appliance by removing the screws with a screwdriver. Set the screws and handle aside to re-attach later.

  • With a screwdriver, remove the screws that keep the existing trim attached and set it aside. For refrigerators, you may have to remove a magnetic strip on the inside of the door to get to the screws. Set the screws aside to attach the new trim later.

  • Remove the old panel and replace it with the new panel you ordered. Place the new trim where the old trim was and replace the screws you set aside. If refacing a refrigerator, be sure to re-attach the magnetic strip over the trim on the inside of the door.

  • Replace the handles that were removed in step 5 using a screwdriver. Be sure that the screws are tightened down to avoid damage to the refrigerator.

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