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Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing Project


Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing Project

This a standard mid-grade oak cabinet door that is in need of desperate repair. Not all the doors or drawers were in this bad of shape, but I chose this one because of all the fading and discoloration in the solid oak panels. Step one was to remove all the cabinet doors and drawers from the clients kitchen and transport them back to the shop for a good degreasing and or cleaning. Not that my clients were messy people, but the cabinets hanging in a working kitchen for at least 20 years have a tendency to collect grease and grime. So we scrubbed each cabinet with a heavy duty degreaser, hand dried them quickly and lightly hand sanded each piece.


Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing Project

Once the cabinets were sanded and wiped clean of any dust we used a gel stain to rub in and blend the damaged areas of the wood. We actually rubbed the entire door here to get a more even finish. As you can see, the two doors just above the one with the stain gel can on it have been hit with the gel for a nice, even finish.


Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing Project

Rubbing the gel in with a cotton rag works best. It allows you to work the stain in using a circular motion if needed, unlike a brush which can leave streaks.


Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing Project

You can start seeing results right away with the gel stain. Wiping away the excess quickly lets you keep track of where you may need more stain.

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