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Sell Your Home Faster By Refinishing The Doors Of Its Kitchen Cabinets

When you're selling your home, its kitchen will be one of the most important selling points. While you are unlikely to recoup the cost remodeling your entire kitchen, refinishing its cabinets' doors is an inexpensive way to increase your home's appeal. It's a project that you can do yourself, and it may help sell your home faster.

Kitchens Sell Homes

Your home's kitchen is one of the first rooms prospective buyers will see during a showing, and it will be one of the two rooms they are most interested in. As Trulia says, your home's master bedroom and kitchen are the two most important rooms in the house. A well-done kitchen can help any home sell, no matter what the local real estate market is like at the time.

Remodeling Rarely Pays Off

Despite the kitchen's primary role when selling your home, it rarely makes sense to invest in a complete remodel. According to Remodeling, an average mid-range kitchen remodel only increases a home's value by 82.7 percent of the project's cost. Larger kitchen remodels provide even lower returns on your investment. Remodeling's data shows that the average return on investment (ROI) for a major kitchen remodel in a mid-range home is just 74.2 percent.

If you were to spend $15,000 on remodeling your home's kitchen before putting it on the market, you'd likely only recoup $12,405 (82.7 percent) of your investment when your home sold. You probably would lose over $2,500 on the investment.

It doesn't make sense to remodel your entire kitchen, but you might want to consider refinishing your cabinets' doors. Refinishing the doors on your kitchen cabinets will breathe fresh life into the room and make it brighter. Even cabinets that are decades old and worn down can be made to look like-new.

Refinishing Cabinet Doors is Inexpensive and Easy

Refinishing your cabinets' doors is an inexpensive project that you can do yourself. All you need is time, a well-ventilated area and some basic supplies:

  • hand tools (e.g. a screwdriver, a hammer and sand paper)
  • painter's tape
  • a drop cloth and rags
  • tri-sodium phosphate (TSP)
  • polyurethane finish, stain and varnish
  • paint brushes

Start by taking the doors off the cabinets. For this step, you'll need a screwdriver to remove any hardware on the doors.

Once all of the hardware is off of the doors, clean them thoroughly with TSP and sand them smooth. Perhaps the most difficult part of this entire process is removing any grease stains on the cabinet doors, and all stains must be removed. TSP is a powerful agent that will help you scrub away grease.

After the cabinets are prepped, you will need to apply (in this order) a polyurethane finish, stain and varnish. Be sure to give each layer adequate time to dry, and always apply these layers in a well-ventilated room. If your cabinets were previously painted, you will also need to strip them with paint stripper before the polyurethane finish goes on.

When you're done staining, all that remains is to place the cabinet doors back on the cabinets. Simply screw the hardware you removed back in place and admire your handiwork.

Refinish Your Cabinets' Doors Before Listing Your Home

Before you put your home on the market, go out and buy the supplies you need to refinish your kitchen cabinets' doors. Giving them a touch-up won't cost you much, but it will have a significant impact on your kitchen's look and could help you sell your home faster. It doesn't make sense to invest in a complete remodel, but a simple project like this should be a no-brainer.