How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets

Bring new life to your old cabinets

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Belt sander
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Dust mask
  • Handsaw
  • Hot melt glue gun
  • Miter saw
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint scraper
  • Putty knife
  • Safety glasses
  • Sanding block
  • Self-centering drill bit
  • Shop vacuum
  • Tape measure
  • Table saw
  • Wood chisel

You'll also need rubber gloves, an organic vapor respirator, a 3 1/2-in. flexible putty knife and a Pozi screwdriver.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Scrubbing pads
  • Sanding blocks
  • Sandpaper
  • No. 8x1-1/4" wood screws
  • No. 10 finish washers
  • Kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts
  • Cabinet knobs and pulls

For a complete list of painting supplies, see Additional Information.