How do I resurface my kitchen cabinets?


Hi All.I have Alaska white Granite top. I want to change the kitchen cabinets as they are peeling off. Des anybody have a solution the I don't destroy my current Granite countertop and can have new cabinets.

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The new Granite is costing me $3500 with labour. I dont want to trash my current Granite. looking for help and Ideas. These cabinets are already painted

  10 answers
  • Ayesha,

    Are you just wanting to update them or get completely new cabinets?

    If you just want to update them you could easily paint the cabinets without harming the countertops. You could cover the the counters with canvas or plastic and tape at the edges where you would paint. If you are going to get completely new cabinets and you want to keep the counters I would contact a granite store as I am not sure how that process works. Beautiful kitchen BTW!

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Feb 14, 2019

    Did you climb underneath to see if the granite is glued directly to the cabinets or is there plywood in between with screws? If there are screws, you are totally in luck! Carefully remove all screws and you should be good to go. Glue is a different situation but as long as the contractor used silicone and not something like liquid nails, it's still possible.

    Here is a bunch of information for you. I learned a lot lol!

    One thing you may wish to consider - either sell the entire kitchen set up as is, including the countertops or donate to Habitat or similar and take a tax deduction. This wouldn't work for me but throwing it out there.

    If you don't want to risk removing the cabinets, the only option I see is to paint everything, possibly replace the doors and/or hardware. Good luck!

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    • Terri Terri on Feb 15, 2019

      In my experience, Ive never seen a glued granite top removed without damaging it. I always suggested to customers if they thought they might like a new dishwasher or had an old one doing it before new granite installed.

  • Ellis Ellis on Feb 14, 2019

    There are companies that will reface your cabinets, at a fraction of the cost of redoing the kitchen with new cabinets. A neighbor went this route, and it looked like a brand new kitchen. You can get new doors, to match the face frame, or both redone in different color or style. You just would have to make sure they protect your countertops, with heavy cardboard and rosin paper, maybe, while the work is being done.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Feb 15, 2019


    Oh my! What a daunting task! Granite is very durable, but it can be fragile at the same time.

    If you like your layout, your best way to go would be to take off the doors, leave the bases in place, sand and paint the structure. Then either replace or sand and repaint the doors.

    As for the peninsula, you could cover 2 sides in faux brick, beadboard, or just paint it.

    Good luck...and post photos!

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 15, 2019

    If was my kitchen I would repaint the cabinets and use spray paint and paint your hardware and then seal it with spray poly. If the hardware was a nice black and the cabinets were a light color (if you want to match colors pick a light tan out of the granite or just get paint chips and see what works best in your kitchen). But painting the cabinets a lighter color and painting the hardware would really change the look.

    Here is a link on how to spray paint you kitchen hardware. I would add another step and that would be to give a few coats to spray poly to seal these.

  • Betty Albright-Bistrow Betty Albright-Bistrow on Feb 15, 2019

    I would repaint your cabinets -- that to me would be the easiest and best solution for you. Your kitchen is lovely!

  • Joan Stanley Joan Stanley on Feb 15, 2019

    Paint. Unless the cabinets are in bad condition, Just cover the granite and paint.

    I'm in the process of choosing all new cabinets due to a water issue. I'm finding it difficult to find styles that are practical and pretty. Yours are a very nice style that would look really nice in any color.

  • Twyla J Boyer Twyla J Boyer on Feb 19, 2019

    You don't say if what is peeling is paint or thermafoil. The answers to how to redo the cabinets would be different based on which of those are peeling off. If paint, scrape, sand, and repaint. If thermafoil, you would need to peel/scrape all of it off to get an even surface before sanding and painting or you will get lines that show where some peeled off as well as having the likelihood that more will peel in the future.

    If you can swing having the cabinets refaced, that is the least labor-intensive and most professional looking option. Make sure that your contractor is insured and that there is something in the contract about the granite and you should then be safe as any damage would be on the contractor to fix.

    DO NOT try to remove granite countertops yourself, even if replacing the cabinets. That is a disaster waiting to happen.

  • Dee Dee on Feb 21, 2019

    Hi there:

    There is really no reason to take your cabinets out unless you are replacing them, and then the company who does that work will do it for you. If you just want an update on your cabinets, clean well with a good degreaser, then lightly sand the cabinets. You can then either re-stain the cabinets to a different color or paint. Paint is your most inexpensive way to go. Do not remove the granite, you will surely break it and it is very very heavy.

  • Courtney Courtney on Feb 24, 2019

    We used 'chalk paint' on our cabinets, easiest thing to use and you don't have to sand off existing (unless there areas that are chipping). You can buy chalk paint, but we make our own (1/4 drywall mixture, 3/4 paint). Here's what our kitchen looks like after.

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