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Endless Options for Refacing Country Cabinets

by Shannon Dauphin

Country cabinets are simple, plain cabinets that lend themselves readily to paint, stain, stenciling, and other decoration that sets them apart from more modern styles. Older country cabinets often have layers of paint or varnish on them from years past, and that can require careful stripping of the paint before you start on that new look for your kitchen design.

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Country Cabinets Then and Now

Remove your old country cabinets from the hinges, taking care to reserve all hardware. Using a stripping solution such as methylene chloride, remove the old paint from the door. This might take some time for cabinet doors with several layers of paint. Be sure to get the sides, too.

Once your cabinets are clean and ready to be repainted or stained, consider the style you want to see in your kitchen. Country cabinets are often made of simple lines and details, which means more elaborate decoration, such as stenciling, can look great on country cabinets. Painting the cabinets with a matte paint and then distressing the finish with sandpaper can make your cabinets look old and weathered, even if they are not. This look fits perfectly with a country kitchen design theme.

Don't forget the hardware. Your country kitchen design can include old-fashioned hardware from salvage shops or new hardware with a whimsical look, such as tiny roosters for cabinet handles and drawer pulls. The fun of a country kitchen lies in the unexpected, so don't be afraid to experiment with what looks good and makes your kitchen feel more like "you."



About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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