How to do Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

May 26, 2021
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How to do Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

Kitchen cabinet refinishing entails keeping all of the original cabinetry's components while changing the color or finish, which is typically accomplished by hand sanding or chemically removing the existing finish from the wood before adding new paint or stain.

Here are the different steps involved in refinishing kitchen cabinets.

Make sure all surfaces are clean.

Before you begin refinishing your kitchen cabinets, we suggest you thoroughly scrub them first. To accomplish this, carefully remove the cabinetry from the walls, clean them, and allow the wood to fully dry.

It's a good idea to mark or number the cabinet doors so you remember where they belong. Be careful not to sand or paint over the marks whether you're sanding or painting. The hinge holes must also align so that you can easily tell which door goes where.

Make sure you and the rest of the kitchen are safe.

Drop cloths can be used to cover the countertops, as well as the appliances and the surfaces. While using a wood cleaner, remember to wear gloves and goggles.

Soak the hardware in water.

Since your hardware also probably needs to be cleaned properly, place them for half an hour in a large soapy-water basin. We suggest gently scrubbing them with a soft brush before rinsing. Enable the hardware to dry completely after it's been cleaned. After that, polish the bits and let them dry again.

Cabinets should be stripped and refinished.

So it's now necessary to strip your kitchen cabinets, which can be a difficult task. First, make sure your work area fits. We suggest ideally outside or a well-ventilated area.

You need to figure out which type of finish on your wood to determine which stripping agent is ideal for your cabinet. If you believe, for example, that the cabinet has a wax finish, then you must put some few drops of turpentine on the wood. You are right if the solution dissolves. Other options include shellac, paint, vinyl,  varnish, penetrating oil or a water-based finish and each has its own proper removal or treatment requirements.

Decide on the best course of action for your cabinetry, and then use the appropriate stripping agent on the wood. Start with a small, inconspicuous corner to ensure that it works, and make sure you're wearing the appropriate eye protection while you work.

The wood should be sanded, primed, and painted.

Once you've done with the stripping agent, fill in any gaps or scratches in the wood with wood filler, and gently sand the patch until it's dried. The rest of the cabinetry should be sanded as well, which is why, as previously said, it's safer to do this work outside. Eventually, paint the cabinet in a fresh color and note also the possibility for the wood to expand at hot temperature changes.

Using paste wax on cabinets that you completed with penetrating oils is also a smart idea. The wax can provide extra protection while also complementing the finish's appearance.

Reinstall the cabinetry and its hinges in your kitchen after the paint has dried. It takes a lot of effort to finish this work on your own, so give yourself a well-deserved round of appreciation now.

If your planning to refinish your kitchen cabinets, contact the Kitchen Remodeling Contractor in Simbsbury, CT

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