How to Refinish Cabinets – Do it Yourself in Less Time and Save Money
If your kitchen cabinets are looking dull or scratched, you may be able to clean them, making the scratches less noticeable, but do they they still look dull? As an alternative, you may wish to refinish them, a smaller project than refacing or replacing them, so you’ll want to know the least expensive and easiest way how to refinish cabinets yourself. The easiest way to restore the shine to your cabinets is to use a proven product like Pro Shot® Cabinet Restorer. Just wipe it on and let it dry.
Otherwise, empty the cabinets completely to make your job easier and to avoid damaging your dishes or food. Remove the cabinet doors and shelves, labeling them all to help you replace them correctly.
Clean the cabinets thoroughly, using liquid dish soap dissolved in warm water or an all purpose household cleaner that’s safe for wood. Any grease left on the surfaces will interfere with refinishing the cabinets. If your cabinets have any rough or “bubbled” areas of paint or varnish, lightly sand these areas. Wipe the wood with a soft, lint-free cloth and let them dry thoroughly.
Also, clean the cabinet hardware, unless you’re replacing it. Remove the handles and hinges and soak them in a soapy water solution for half an hour to an hour, then scrub lightly with a soft brush. Rinse, let dry, and apply the appropriate kind of metal polish.
If you want to know how to refinish cabinets with a clear varnish or make your kitchen cabinets shine like new again, then Pro Shot Cabinet Restorer & Protector is the answer. If you’re wanting to stain previously painted cabinets, you’ll need to strip all the paint off the cabinets; ask at your home improvement center for recommendations. Liquid strippers work best, but gel or semi-paste types won’t drip as much when used on vertical surfaces. In order to choose the correct stripper, you’ll also need to know what kind of finish you currently have on your cabinets. If you don’t know, you can do a simple test to find out. Do an online search of “What is my kitchen cabinet finish?” and follow the directions.
Next, sand your cabinets; fill dents, chips, and nicks with wood putty or wood filler (dowel sections and wood glue if the holes are big); sand the putty smooth after it dries. Wipe the wood with a damp, lint-free cloth to remove all dust particles (tack cloth is even better) and let dry. Consider a marine varnish, which is more water repellent.
Once you’ve learned how to refinish cabinets and finished your project, Pro Shot® Cabinet, Paneling & Finished Wood Restorer & Protector will help you maintain that freshly refinished look and make cleaning your cabinets easier. Pro Shot® Cabinet & Paneling Restorer & Protector wipes on easily, and requires no buffing. Simply wipe it on and let it dry. You can choose the amount of shine you want: one coat for a little shine, or a second coat for more shine and added protection. Pro Shot® Cabinet & Paneling Restorer & Protector lasts up to a year, protecting your cabinets from grease, dust, fingerprints, and food stains. It contains no petroleum, so it has a clean, fresh smell. Refinishing your kitchen cabinets can make your kitchen look as if you’ve installed all new cabinets, and Pro Shot® Cabinet, Paneling & Finished Wood Restorer & Protector keeps your kitchen cabinets looking that way longer.