How to Restore Damaged Cabinets

Cheryl Phan
by Cheryl Phan
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Do your kitchen cabinets look like this?

You don’t have to replace them or do a complete kitchen reno.

I’m going to show you a quick and easy way to restore damaged cabinets.

If your cabinets are chipping and peeling, the good news is you don’t have to go through the expense of replacing them. There is a way to fix them and to save you’re a lot of money.

This is a picture of the kitchen cabinets before we restored them. As you can see there are many areas where it was chipping and peeling.

I’m guessing they are about 20 years old. But they are still in good condition, structurally speaking.

To replace this kitchen, it would have cost about $15,000 dollars. OUCH!

Just to replace the doors the contractor wanted close to $4,000.

But with a little TLC and paint. We fixed the problem for a fraction of the cost.

These are the same doors you saw in the first picture. You can’t even tell that they were damaged.

Do you want to know how we did it?

Keep reading…

All you need is some wood filler, fine sandpaper, and your finger.

  • Sand the area to remove the flaking and wipe clean.
  • Using your finger apply the wood filler to the problem area.
  • Once the wood filler is dry, little sand it until it is smooth.

Then proceed to prime and paint your cabinets. It’s really that easy.

Look at how beautiful these cabinets look now. Your old, outdated kitchen is restored, and you just saved yourself thousands of dollars.

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See Ya on the inside!


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  • Pamela Pamela on Jun 19, 2021

    Bought this home new my cabinets are espresso in color they appear to be wood but I hate the color what suggestions do u have on changing the color n what paint can I buy

  • Patti Patti on Jun 23, 2021

    I have white cabinets and would like to paint them a darker color. They seem to be vinyl clad like though. How can I paint them and make it look like they were always supposed to be that way?

  • Diane Stromberg Diane Stromberg on Jul 06, 2021

    Any advice on how to repair bubbled up vinyl cupboards? The thermofoil covering is letting go on some drawers. Any ideas other than replacing every cupboard and drawer front.

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