How To Refinish an Antique China Cabinet

An antique is an old item which is collected or desired because of its age, rarity and uniqueness. This usually has an intricate design, which shows the craftsmanship of the maker. An object is usually considered antique if it’s already 100 years old or more. An antique can be purchased on antique shops. This is also usually something that has been passed from one generation to another in your family. There are antique mirrors, furniture and cabinets. If you have antique china cabinet and you would like to refinish it to make it look new, you may want to think it over because an antique has a higher value if none of its parts has been changed. Refinishing this will make the value go down. However, if you are really decided, then you can always do this anytime.

Here are the steps on how to refinish an antique china cabinet.

  • Get the things that you will use in refinishing your antique china cabinet. These are naphtha, paint stripper, screw driver, polyurethane finish, painter’s tape, wood scraper, sandpaper (medium and light grade), 00 steel wool, stain, paint, sponge and paint brush. Wear gloves and goggles when working on your cabinet.
  • Clean the cabinet. Remove whatever is placed inside your cabinet and put this temporarily in one place. Remove the hinges of the doors of the cabinet and put these in one place as well. Next, remove the drawers of the cabinet so you can clean these completely. If the cabinet was stained or has an old finish, this needs to be removed using medium grade sandpaper. Use medium grade sandpaper as well if the cabinet has damage. Smooth the cabinet with light sandpaper afterwards. However, if the cabinet was not stained and it’s not damaged, you can use light sandpaper immediately without having to use medium grade sandpaper. Use a solvent washable paint stripper if there are parts with thick paint. Once done, check if there’s remaining finish so you can remove this with your wood scraper. Use naphtha to remove any residue left from using paint stripper.
  • Stain or coat the cabinet. Once the cabinet is clean and dry, apply a thin layer of lacquer thinner before refinishing. Let this completely dry. Once dry, you can now apply stain if staining or paint if you decide to paint your cabinet. Use sponge to apply stain. Let the first coating dry. Use steel wool on the cabinet before staining again. This is only applicable if you are staining the cabinet. If you are painting this, there’s no need to use steel wool after the first coating of paint. Apply the second application of stain or paint on the cabinet and let this thoroughly dry. Lastly, apply polyurethane on the cabinet. This will protect the stain or paint you applied on your antique china cabinet.
  • Allow polyurethane to dry. Once dry, you can put back the parts of your cabinet as well as the things that you moved.

As mentioned, you need to think this over before refinishing an antique item like your china cabinet. You may want to try cleaning this first and see if you like how it looks after cleaning. If you’re 100 percent sure that you want to refinish this, then you can always follow the steps provided on this article.


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