Oak kitchen cabinets set the tone for the overall look of your kitchen. Over time, your cabinets will exhibit wear and tear and give your kitchen a dull appearance. Restaining your cabinets is a great way to refresh the decor without costing a lot of money or requiring a great deal of effort.
Things You'll Need
- Soft brushes
- Chemical paint stripper
- Plastic putty knife
- 400-grit sandpaper
- Wood conditioner
- Soft cloth
How to Restain Oak Cabinets
Remove any drawers or doors on your cabinets. Use the screwdriver to remove any non-wood materials such as hinges and handles.
Place a dropcloth underneath your work area. Chemicals such as stain and paint stripper will damage floors and carpets.
Apply a thin coat of paint stripper to the cabinets with a clean brush. Allow the stripper to sit for approximately 20 minutes.
Remove the original stain finish with a plastic putty knife. Scrape the surface of the cabinets until all the old stain has been removed. Don't use a metal scraper, as it will damage the surface.
Wipe the surface of the oak cabinets with a soft, damp cloth to remove any excess chemicals. Wait until it is completely dry.
Sand the entire surface of the cabinets with 400-grit sandpaper. Make sure you sand with the grain until the surface is smooth and clean of the original stain finish.
Apply a coat of wood conditioner to the entire surface with a clean brush. This will ensure the new stain absorbs evenly into the wood. Allow the cabinets to completely dry.
Apply a thin, even coat of stain to the entire surface of the cabinets with a clean brush. Wait until the first coat is dry before applying further coats. Continue to apply coats until the new finish achieves your desired depth and darkness.
Tips & Warnings
- Water-based stains work well with oak because it is a very dense wood.
- Work in a well-ventilated area when using chemicals such as polyurethane and stains. Wear gloves when working with caustic chemicals.
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