How to Refinish Golden Oak Cabinets


Golden oak cabinets are very common throughout homes in the United States. These cabinets become worn and damaged with use. Remodeling the finish of golden oak cabinets will allow you to stain the cabinets, protecting them for many years to come. You can refinishing oak cabinets by simply stripping the cabinets of the current finish and reapplying new varnish.

Things You'll Need

  • Damp rag
  • TSP (trisodium phosphate)
  • Gloves
  • Chemical stripper
  • Paintbrush
  • Putty knife
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Wood stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Wipe the oak cabinets with a damp rag and TSP (trisodium phosphate). Wear gloves to protect your hands as you clean the cabinets. The TSP will remove any grease or dirt from the surface of the cabinets.

  • Apply chemical stripper to the cabinet with a paintbrush. Follow the instructions as indicated on the chemical stripper. Remove the stripper with a putty knife. Allow the oak cabinets to dry completely.

  • Lightly sand the cabinets with #220 grit sandpaper. Sanding the oak cabinets will smooth them in preparation for staining. Wipe the cabinets with a tack cloth.

  • Stain the cabinets by applying wood stain to the wood with a paintbrush. Use a soft cloth to wipe away the excess stain from the cabinets. Refer to the manufacturer directions for drying time.

  • Apply oil-based polyurethane to the cabinets with a paintbrush. Allow the polyurethane to dry and then lightly sand the oak cabinets. Wipe the cabinets with a tack cloth to remove the dust. Apply a second coat of polyurethane to the cabinets. Allow the polyurethane to dry completely.

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