When You Should Refinish Your Cabinets

When to refinish your cabinets from ProTect PaintersBesides the bathroom, the kitchen may be the most utilized space in your home, and your kitchen cabinets can take a real beating. Over time, moisture, grease, stains, and other residue wreaks havoc on even the most durable finishes. Even if your kitchen cabinets are in good condition, you may be tired of looking at worn ugly finish. The good thing is that you do not have to go the expensive route and replace the cabinets with a complete remodel. For just a fraction of the cost of resurfacing or replacing them, you can transform your kitchen with a cabinet refinishing project.

As long as your cabinets are fabricated from solid wood, wood veneer or metal, cabinet refinishing may offer you the best solution. Cabinet refinishing is affordable and only require a small investment of time cleaning, and refinishing the cabinets with stain or paint.

Refinish Cabinets Preparation

Whether you are refinishing maple, cherry, oak kitchen cabinets or some other material, the key to a successful project starts with preparation. Start by unscrewing the hinges and removing the cabinet doors and drawers. Mark each component and it. Put knobs, hinges and other parts in small plastic bags and store them inside the cabinets where you can find them later. Protect appliances, countertops and floors with plastic or canvas drop cloths.

Whether you intend to stain or paint, the key to a flawless job starts with a clean, smooth surface. Give your cabinets a good scrubbing to remove the grime, grease and other residue.

Follow these tips when cleaning your cabinets:

  • Use a solution vinegar and water.
  • Always use the clean side of the cloth on the surface of the cabinet.
  • Rinse the cabinet with clean water.

Allow the surface to dry thoroughly before proceeding. If you would like more ideas on how to clean your cabinets, feel free to visit our webpage for more information.

Strip and Refinish Cabinets

The type of stripper you will need depends on the kind of finish that is on the cabinets. For example, if your cabinets have a water-based finish, use Xylene to liquefy and remove the finish or a paint/varnish remover to strip varnish or polyurethane finishes. If you are unsure about the type of stripper you need, consult with a professional such as ProTect Painters or an associate at your local paint store.

Sand the front surfaces and visible edges of the door sides, facing and frames with a medium-grit sandpaper, and a final sanding with 220-grit sandpaper. Keep the staining/painting environment dust-free by vacuuming each component and wiping down the surface with a tack cloth to remove any residue.

How to Refinish Cabinets with Paint

If you plan to refinish cabinets with paint, you only need to remove (sand) unsound flaking paint that does not adhere to the surface. For a well-bonded finish, apply a coat of primer-sealer to the surfaces before painting. Fortunately, you are no longer limited to traditional oil-based paints if you want a more durable finish. Many of the major paint manufacturers offer a water-based alkyd that goes on just like an oil paint, but has the low toxicity and cleans up with soap and water like latex. When you are painting cabinets, it’s best to use a sprayer instead of a brush or roller for a more even, smooth finish.

If you would rather leave it to the experts for your cabinet refinish project, contact ProTect Painters to receive a free, no-obligation estimate. We specialize in interior and exterior painting for both interior and exterior projects. We will repaint your outdated kitchen cabinets and transform the space. Protect Painters guaranteed that you will love the results! The kitchen is often home to many of your cabinets. Looking for other ideas to spice up the kitchen? Click here to view a blog from our sister brand, Five Star Painting.


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