How to Fix a Burn Mark on Hardwood Kitchen Cabinets

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Kitchen cabinets are in an area that is readily exposed to different heat sources. Stoves, ovens, cooking appliances are all used in the kitchen and generate a lot of heat. Since you are using heat in a kitchen, there is always the possibility of minor and sometimes major mishaps. Mishaps can lead to burned spots on the cabinets themselves, which can be something minor like damaging the finish, or something major like blackening the wood. Repairing the finish is as easy as taking an artists paint brush and dabbing on some polyurethane, but removing a burn mark takes a bit more work.

Things You'll Need

  • Steel wool extra fine
  • 400 grit sandpaper
  • Artist paint brush
  • Rag
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane finish
  • Use a piece of extra fine steel wool. Do not use a steel wool pad that has been pretreated with soap. Extra fine steel wool is available at hardwood stores and home improvement stores.

  • Gently rub the burnt area of the hardwood kitchen cabinet to remove the darkened area.

  • If the burn mark remains or is deeper than just a surface burn, use a fine 400-grit sand paper and sand the area down. Sand in the direction of the grain of the hardwood.

  • Match the color of the stain on your kitchen cabinets. Take a cabinet door with you to your local hardware store or home improvement store and determine a stain match.

  • Apply the stain in thin coats. Dab it on with an artist paint brush, allow it to sit for 10 seconds, and then wipe it off with a clean rag. This will allow you to see when you have achieved a match in the color of the stain.

  • Apply thin coats of polyurethane finish to build up the surface of the hardwood kitchen cabinet until the finish is flush with the rest of the cabinet. Brush the coats on with an artist paint brush. Allow the polyurethane to dry completely between coats.

Tips & Warnings

  • For more serious burns to your hardwood kitchen cabinet, you may have to replace the cabinet or cabinet door.

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