DIY: How to Reface your Bathroom Cabinets

by author on January 3, 2013

Refacing cabinets

How to Reface your Bathroom Cabinets

Want to redo your bathroom without spending tons of money on doing so? There are many options available, even if you are on a tight budget. Don’t let your budget hold you down, if you are considering remodeling your bathroom. In fact, you don’t have to dole out thousands of dollars if you’re looking to reface your bathroom cabinets.  All it takes is a little bit of patience and the ability to follow directions closely.

Removing and Sanding

When working on your bathroom cabinets, the first step is to remove all of the cabinet doors and drawers that are going to be refaced. You want to hand sand the front surface until you have a nice dull yet smooth surface. This will help create a smooth foundation.

Cutting the veneer

After you have measured the size of all the parts required for the task, you will have to cut the pieces of veneer accordingly. Craft knife, Veneer saw and Rotary cutter are some of the tools you can use for cutting the veneer. Make sure you have the grain faced in the same direction and the cuts fit properly not leaving any spaces.

Painting with cement

You want to paint the bathroom cabinets with contact cement and the pieces of veneer you have cut. Both the surfaces have to be covered to get a solid contact.


The next step is to start applying the veneer on the cabinet doors and drawers. Be careful to align each piece precisely as once the surfaces bond you will not be able to move the veneer. For easier alignment, you can use wax paper in the middle to first align the veneer to the surface.

Trim and add molding

You’re almost done! After you have attached the veneer, now you can cut off the excess pieces that are sticking out from the sides. After doing so, you can now add the correct molding on the sides, top and bottom of the bathroom cabinets. You’re almost ready with your project at this point, all that’s left now is installing!


You are now ready to install the doors and drawers.  Make sure you read any directions that came with your items, accordingly.

Once you have installed everything make sure none of the bathroom cabinet’s surface is rubbing and that all of the screws and joints are fitted tight and perfectly in place. You don’t want to hurt anyone by accidentally leaving a screw or a door not tightened.

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