How To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets Without Stripping

How To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets Without Stripping

In this video, This Old House host Kevin O’Connor helps a homeowner refinish his kitchen cabinets. Steps: 1. Make a sketch of the kitchen cabinets, then identify each door and drawer with a number. 2. Place a small strip of masking tape onto each door and drawer, then mark the strips with the corresponding number shown on the sketch. 3. Use a cordless drill to unscrew all the doors from the cabinets. 4. Unscrew and remove the door hinges. 5. Remove all the drawers from the cabinets. 6. Use a putty knife to scrape any rubber bumpers from the back side of the doors. 7. Unpeel the tape from one of the doors and then scrub its surface with a scouring pad dampened with deglosser. (If any doors or face frames have a coating of greasy, oily residue, wash them clean with hot, soapy water prior to deglossing.) 8. Wipe down the door with a cotton rag soaked in clean water. 9. Dry the door with a clean, dry cotton rag, then flip the door over. 10. Repeat the previous two steps to degloss the back surface of the door. 11. Cover appliances and counters with plastic-lined canvas drop cloths. 12. Use the scouring pad and deglosser to scrub the surfaces of the face frames on the upper and lower cabinets. 13. Wash the face frames clean with a water-soaked rag, then wipe the frames dry. 14. Wait one hour before proceeding. 15. Remove all the drawer faces, then degloss and wash each one. 16. Protect the wall around the cabinets and all other adjacent surfaces with masking tape. 17. Use a 2-inch-wide synthetic-bristle paintbrush to apply the first bond coat to all the cabinet doors, drawers, and face frames. 18. Allow the first bond coat to dry for 2 hours. 19. Flip over the doors and apply a bond coat to their back surfaces. Wait another two hours. 20. Repeat the previous three steps to apply a second bond coat to both sides of each door and to the drawer faces and face frames. 21. Brush on the protective top coat of polyurethane to all surfaces of the doors, drawers, and face frames. Allow the top coat to dry for 12 hours. 22. Screw the hinges back onto the doors, then mount the doors to the cabinets. 23. Install the door pulls. 24. Reattach the drawer faces and slide the drawers back into the cabinets.
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How To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets Without Stripping

Video Transcript Well, the kitchen is the most used room in the house and I guess you could say that the kitchen cabinet is probably the most used thing in that room. But with time and repeated cleanings, well, they can end up looking pretty shabby. So if your cabinets look something like this and well, it's not time to replace or reface them yet, then you might want to consider refurbishing them with a combination coating and stain. It's easy to use and inexpensive. While it's possible to refinish cabinets with the doors in place, I don't recommend it. I've always gotten better results by detaching the doors from the cabinets, taking out all the shelves, removing the knobs or handles — then taking off the hinges. Most of the time when I do a cabinet facelift like this, I find myself updating the hardware anyway. Kitchen cabinets invariably accumulate cooking oil on their surfaces, especially those near the stove. Mineral spirits found in any hardware store or home center, does a good job of cleaning off that residue. I like to dampen a soft cloth with a solvent and go over the surface two or three times, turning the cloth as I go. You'll usually be able to see the grime you've picked up. Now I can do a bit of light sanding with fine 220-grit paper. By folding a quarter sheet of sandpaper into thirds like this, I can use every bit of it. On flat surfaces, I press down evenly with my fingers and use long, straight strokes, always moving in the direction of the grain to avoid unsightly scratches. To sand moldings and trim, I use individual fingers so the sandpaper will conform to the curved profiles. On a project like this, the purpose of the sanding is to give the existing finish, a bit of tooth just to roughen it a bit so the new finish will be able to grip or bond better. Finally, I remove all surface dust with a clean rag or tack cloth. These cabinets have some really serious wear spots where not only the finish, but also the color is gone. A touch up pen like this can help restore some of this missing color. These come in a variety of wood tones and are used just like a felt marker. I let the color dry for a few seconds, then wipe off the excess and blend in the edges. Now it's time for a quick trip to the home center to pick up the finishing material I want to use for this project. This is a combination stain and polyurethane. It's very common for the pigments in a material like this, to settle to the bottom of the can. So I always stir thoroughly and sort of pull the pigments up from the bottom as I go. When properly mixed, the stirring stick should come out clean. Now you want to avoid shaking finishes like this because it introduces air bubbles into the liquid that can end up as pinholes on the surface when the coating dries. I load my brush with finish and begin by coating the details in the panel. Then I move on to the flat surfaces. One thing I always try to keep in mind is that I'm applying both color and top coat. The key is to put down a smooth, even film and not to overbrush. If I want a more intense color, I'm much better off applying a second coat after this one dries, than trying to pile on too much material at one time. Now when it comes to applying a top coat whether it's varnish, shellac or polyurethane like this, I always try to use a good quality brush with plenty of fine bristles that are securely attached into the ferrule because nothing is more annoying, especially with a combination stain and top coat than having to pick out bristles that have conspicuously displayed themselves in a newly laid down finish. I almost always finish off with long, straight parallel strokes in one direction, a technique painters call, striking off. Finally, after letting the finish dry thoroughly, I reinstall the doors with new hinges — and put on new knobs. Before and after, and all for only a few dollars.
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How To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets Without Stripping

I know, I know…where have I been?!?!  Well, finishing up house projects.  Lots and lots of them.  We have put off finishing the last bits of the house for long enough.  And now they are DONE.  And wow, it feels good!!!  Thanks to a new year and a goal to have them all completely finished. Remember how I shared our Stained/Painted Banister last week?  Well, I mentioned to some in the comment section that we were working on staining our bathroom cabinets (which were the last thing in the house that still had that gorgeous orange oak color……ha, I kid) — and now they’re done too!  Both upstairs bathrooms are stained, top coat applied, dried, and beautiful! Which is funny that all it took was a little stain (that can be purchased online HERE) to make these bathrooms look so much better.  Because when we moved into the house almost 2 years ago, our plan was to tear out the cabinets and install new ones.  We also wanted to install a different shower and possibly change out the tile too.  But, the budget never allowed it (and we always found other things to spend any extra cash on).  We finally decided that even though the tile wasn’t our first choice, it really wasn’t all that bad……and that staining the cabinets would be good enough for now.  And now that it’s done, we’re so MAD we didn’t do it earlier.  We actually love the clean dark look of this Java stain….and it gives a great pop to the bathroom!  And the best part — it was CHEAP and super FAST to do! When I dug through all of the “before” pictures that I took before moving into our house…..I realized I didn’t have any that captured the old color and look of the cabinets very well.  Ooops.  But the picture below gives you a pretty good idea. Because it’s stain, you still get to see the wood grain.  Even with this really dark brown Java stain.  And let me tell you, applying this gel stain is SO much easier than painting.  You don’t have to worry about paint lines and/or your paint getting too thick and clumpy, etc.  It really is SO much easier to apply.  And nope, not a single need to sand any of that wood before applying the stain.  Can I get a HALLELUJAH?!! All we stained were the doors and the front facing section of the cabinets.  Just like cabinets that you’d buy at the store (or have installed by a cabinetry company), the inside box of the cabinet were left alone. Oh, and let’s talk about hardware.  If you want to take your plain cabinetry up 327 notches, add hardware.  Please, oh please add hardware!!  The pops of metal add SO MUCH to the look of your cabinetry…..and yeah, they also help open your drawers and doors too! 😉  So for $2-3 for very basic knobs, please don’t skip the hardware! We also changed out the light fixtures above both sets of cabinetry, which made a huge difference. Oh, and one of my very favorite transformations that we’ve done throughout the whole house, is trimming the windows and doors (<—yes, that’s a link, go check out that tutorial too!).  So, you better believe we trimmed out the 2 windows here in our bathroom too.  And oh yes, I’m in love! Such a beautiful transformation, for such little time and very few dollars.  Perfect. I know some of you must have some oak cabinets that you’ve been wanting to change.  Well, now you know, it totally works!!! And because I already shared all of the info for staining oak over on my Staining/Painting an OAK Banister post, take a peek over there first to see how to best stain your oak cabinets. (Here’s a peek in case you missed that post ———v) The only additional info you may need (than the banister post linked above) is that you must take each of your doors and drawer fronts off and remove all hinges, knobs, etc.  Sand down any bumps or nicks in the wood.  Then apply your stain with a sponge brush.  (Yep, we used the same Java Gel Stain as the banister…worked awesome!)  If you keep it light and really even, you may not even need to wipe any excess off (which is what I was aiming for, to save time and mess).  But if you have any clumps of stain, you can wipe that away with a soft lint-free cloth.  Let your first coat dry completely and then add another coat or two if needed.  (I only needed 2 coats for these cabinets because the color soaked in really well.) Here’s a cell phone picture of the stain I applied to the cabinet fronts.  This is after one coat.  Just be sure to not get too sloppy and let any of the stain get onto the inside of the cabinet.  However, you can see that my stain got a little messy along the side where it touches the wall.  And that’s okay because I knew I could go back later and paint over that when I painted the walls. To paint the doors, we put them out in the garage on top of these little plastic Pyramid Stands (we found them here on Amazon).  They made a huge difference to keep the doors off the ground, so that we could stain both sides even if one side was still a bit tacky. Buuuuuuut, we ran out of the little pyramids.  So, we used the nail gun and shot a whole bunch of nails through an old piece of wood so that the doors could balance on something similar to the pyramids.  Worked GREAT! And that’s about it.  The rest of the process was identical to the Staining an Oak Banister tutorial.  Including applying the polyurethane Top Coat, which really helps seal in the stain and protect from normal wear and tear. Now go on, don’t worry about staining your cabinets any longer……it will turn out beautifully!! Good luck! -Ashley . . . . . Looking for more home DIY projects?? DIY Board and Batten Installing a door (the EASY way) and Trimming It Out Turn A Coat Closet into a Mudroom Share11K Pin50K TweetShares 61K

How To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets Without Stripping

How To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets Without Stripping
How To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets Without Stripping
How To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets Without Stripping
How To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets Without Stripping

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