Kitchen Cabinets Finished On The Bottom: How To Skin The Cabinet?
The following are some tips which will make your life easier when it comes to skinning the cabinet. These tips will save you time and money. If you follow these tips, you won’t have any problems with skinning the cabinet.
You’ll get great results!
1) Use a sharp knife or razor blade to cut out all the old wood around the edges of the cabinet and underneath.
2) Cut the top off of the cabinet using a saw. Make sure not to damage anything.
3) After cutting out the top, use a hammer to pound it into shape. (If you don’t have one handy, you could just hit it with something heavy.) Be careful not to break things while pounding it down; if you do, then just start over again.
4) Once the top is pounded down, you’re done! Now you’ve got a nice flat surface to work on.
5) Next up, you want to remove the old paint from around the edges of the cabinet. This is where you need a good sanding block and a chisel. Sandpaper works too but it’s not necessary since there isn’t much of it in this case.
4) Once the top is pounded down, use a chisel to remove any rough spots from where the top was still attached.
5) Then use sandpaper to smooth out any rough spots left after pounding the top down. You may need to repeat this step several times until you’re happy with what you’ve done.
6) Now that everything looks good, it’s time to paint it!
6) After you’ve sanded down and chiseled all of the paint away from the old cabinet edges, take your wood filler and fill in all of the holes. Use a small trowel or popsicle stick to smooth it out. (Make sure not to breathe the dust!)
7) Once all of that is dry, sand it all down with some fine-grit sandpaper, then repeat steps 4-6 again. No specific brand or type of paint works best. You just need to make sure it’s oil-based and white since that’s what color it was before you started the project.
If you follow these steps, you should have no problem skinning the cabinet and making it look professional!
What kind of wood do I use for skinning cabinets?
There are many different types of wood to use when skinning a cabinet. It all depends on your skill and what you have access to. Some of the more common woods people use are basswood, poplar, pine, and aspen.
You can also get more exotic types of wood like cedar or oak if you want to pay a little more money.
You just need to be careful about how dry the wood is because depending on how dry it is, you might have problems getting it to accept the stain or sealer you’re using.
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