Sure, your kitchen cabinets are important for their utility, however it’s still important they look nice too— because who wants dingy cabinets? Here is how you can refinish your kitchen cabinets to make them look new again.

 

Steps To Refinishing Your Cabinets To Make Them Look New Again

 

Step 1: Clean the surfaces.

Before you do any refinishing, you should thoroughly scrub your kitchen cabinetry. To do this, carefully remove the cabinets from the walls, clean them off, and make sure the wood dries completely.

 

Step 2: Protect yourself and the rest of the kitchen.

Spread drop cloths on the countertops, and use them to cover the appliances and floors, too. Don’t forget to wear gloves and eye protection when you’re using a wood cleaner.

 

Step 3: Soak the hardware.

 

Since the hardware is likely also in need of a good cleaning, place them in a large basin with soapy water for 30 minutes. Once they’re clean, allow the hardware to dry completely. Then, apply a polish and let the pieces dry again.

 

Step 4: Strip and refinish your cabinets.

 

Now it’s time to strip your cabinets—and this is where the process can get tricky. First, make sure that your workspace is in a well-ventilated area, and preferably outside.

 

In order to determine which stripping agent is best for your cabinetry, you’ll need to figure out what type of finish is already on the wood. If you think that the cabinetry has a wax finish, for instance, put a few drops of turpentine on the wood. If the solution dissolves, you’re correct. Other possibilities include shellac, lacquer, paint, vinyl, polyurethane, varnish, penetrating oil, or a water-based finish, and each has its own specifications for proper removal or care.

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