How To Refinish Cabinet Doors

The doors of a cabinet secure whatever is inside the cabinet. These also prevent pets like dogs and cats from getting these things. If there are rats in your house, the cabinet doors are also very helpful to keep these unwanted visitors away from your things especially for kitchen cabinets. Refinishing the cabinet doors will improve the look of the whole cabinet. This will make it look fresh again. You can refinish the doors by staining or by painting. Painting the doors is faster than staining because if you paint the doors, you only need to remove the polyurethane or clear coat. If you stain the doors, you need to remove the polyurethane or clear coat as well as the old stain. However, before you do this, it’s best to check the doors and see if they really need refinishing. There are doors that are just dirty and with simple cleaning, they will look good again. There are doors that are severely damaged and need to be replaced than refinished. If you’re sure that you want to refinish your cabinet doors, proceed with the steps below.

Here are the steps on how to refinish cabinet doors.

  • Prepare the things that you will need in refinishing your cabinet doors. These are Adenosine Tri-phosphate or ATP, face mask, gloves, stripping agent for polyurethane, putty knife, steel wool, stain stripper, sandpaper, stain or primer and paint, polyurethane, paintbrush and glaze. ATP is a solution, which can irritate your skin and can also be harmful to your health if you smell it that’s why you need to wear gloves and face mask as you work on refinishing your cabinet doors.
  • Clean the cabinet doors. Use ATP to clean the cabinet doors. This can be purchased on any store selling paint or on the paint department on your local stores. This is very helpful in removing grease and dirt, which stick on your cabinet doors.
  • Remove polyurethane and old stain. After cleaning, remove the polyurethane by using a polyurethane-stripping agent. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use this as well as how long it should be applied on the doors. Use steel wool and putty knife to remove the polyurethane once it reaches the time stated on the instructions. Use stain stripper to remove old stain and use steel wool and knife putty again to remove remaining stain. Be careful in doing this so not to damage the wood. Use sandpaper to smooth the wood and remove any stain left. Leave until the next day to ensure that the doors are completely dry.
  • Stain or paint the cabinet doors. Use clean cloth to stain the doors and let these completely dry for another day. Stain the cabinet doors again after one day. Then wait for another 24 hours before applying polyurethane. You can apply polyurethane once or if you decide to apply another coating, wait for another day to let this completely dry. If you will be painting the doors, apply primer to make sure the paint will easily adhere to cabinet doors that still have the old stain. Let this completely dry before applying another coating. Leave this for 48 hours. Paint the doors and let this dry before applying your second coating.

You can also apply glaze on the doors after painting. Make sure to wait another 48 hours if you decide to apply glaze.


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