A new coat of varnish and new hardware will update most kitchen cabinets for a fraction of the cost of new cabinets.
Dividing the kitchen into sections will keep the project from becoming messy. It also makes it easy to put the doors back in their exact space. Remove the doors and drawers for that section only. Remove the hardware. If the cabinets are in good condition lightly sand all (cabinet area, drawers, doors) with a medium to fine grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth to carefully remove all the dust. Leaving any dust will keep the finish from adhering correctly. Areas which require wood filler can be filled with stainable wood filler. If there are areas where the stain has been removed touch up with matching stain. Be sure any trim is secure.
Several options are available for the finish if the cabinets are stained. Besides water based finishes there are gloss, semi-gloss and flat. To see exactly how the finish will look, purchase a small container and do a test. Apply per manufactures instructions. Let everything dry thoroughly, then put on new hardware and reassemble. Move to the next section.
Now stand back and admire the new kitchen.
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