How To Strip and Stain Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets need to be immaculately clean all the time. If not, they will appear too dingy and old making them inappropriate for the kitchen. When this time happens, replacing them is not the only solution. A simple stripping and staining job can make them worthy again of being in your kitchen.

Indeed, replacing dirty and old kitchen cabinets is so impractical given the tough financial situation you may be experiencing today. But since you cannot stand the sight and thought of having such cabinets in your kitchen, you must do something to make them look brand new and spotless once again. To help you with this, here are some tips that are guaranteed to be effective for this purpose:

  1. Prepare for the stripping. Identify what kind of finish your kitchen cabinets have and then, buy a stripper that is appropriate for the cabinet you have at home. You need to prepare some protective gears such as goggles, eye wear, and gloves. These gears are necessary to protect you from the chemicals present in most strippers.
  2. Prepare the cabinet for stripping. Pull out all of the drawers of the cabinets and take off the doors. Prepare the rest of your kitchen for this job by covering the counters as well as the floors.
  3. Brush on the stripper. Depending on the instructions provided by the stripper's manufacturer, brush the solution to the cabinets. Then after leaving the stripper on the cabinets, start scraping off the stained finish or paint of the furniture. Repeat this step until all are scraped off from the furniture. Rinse the cabinets with a damp rag and wait until they dry completely. Do this on the drawers and doors, too.
  4. Neutralize the wood. To do this, apply some wood bleach first to the cabinets. Then wipe the surface with a mixture of one part vinegar and five parts water. This must be done to remove the color of the previous stain on the wood. Once the surface becomes dry, you can lightly sand the cabinets' surface as well as its parts.
  5. Stain the cabinets. Get a stain that has a shade that can easily blend with the previous stain of the cabinet. Then, using a rag or a paint brush, apply the stain to the surface. Apply more layers of stain until such time that you are satisfied with the color. Let the stain to completely dry.
  6. Seal the wood surface. Use a polyutherane wood sealer and apply it with a paint brush on the cabinets. This does not only enhance the color of the stain but it also protects the cabinets from any moisture.  Once it dries up, you can assemble the cabinet back again.

You don't have to spend some money anymore just to get new kitchen cabinets for your home. By simply dedicating a day or so in doing a stripping and staining task, it is guaranteed that the beauty of your old kitchen cabinets will come to life once again. Your only investment here is a little of your time and effort.


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