How to Strip and Refinish Your Cabinets

by | Apr 16, 2013 | Home Improvement

Is it time to do some remodeling in your house? Maybe you’re tired of looking at those same boring kitchen cabinets. Or perhaps the cabinets need some work done to them. Whatever work needs to be done on the cabinets, you feel you can do the job yourself instead of hiring a professional to do the job. So let’s discuss how to go about remodeling those kitchen cabinets and creating a new kitchen without spending a lot of money.

Remodeling your kitchen Cabinets without spending a lot of money can be done by stripping and refinishing them. This entire process is an easy one, but it is very time-consuming. However, it can be done over a period of time and save yourself some money. Another good thing about this home project is that you don’t need to hire a professional, unlike some other home projects that would require a professional. And you don’t need training or special tools to perform it.

The first step in the process is labeling each cabinet so you know where it belongs once the job is finished. Next, remove the hinges and the knobs from the Cabinets. With strong tape, attach the hinges and screws to the back of the cabinet. Then place the knobs in lightly soaked warm water for an hour. The next step is to lay the cabinet doors on a dry cloth face down and clean them thoroughly with detergent and warm water.

To avoid scarring or damaging the cabinets, don’t use a Brillo pad to scrub them. The next thing you will do is decide what type of finish you want for your cabinets. The most popular types are Shellac, Wax, and Polyurethane. Once you have decided what type of finish you want, use a paste or gel strip product to apply the finish to your cabinets.

After you’ve applied the finish, rinse the cabinets and let them dry. The last step will be to refinish, paint, or wax the cabinets and the knobs, repeating the process again. That’s it. You’ve stripped and refinished your cabinets and now you can enjoy your newly remodeling kitchen cabinets. You will be surprised how new your kitchen will look.

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