Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

January 25, 2010

What is an easy and cheap way to refinish pressboard kitchen cabinets?

By Supermomof5



January 25, 20100 found this helpful

Maybe clear varnish will do the job, good luck.

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful

The cheapest and a way to brighten your kitchen to paint them a color of your choice.

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January 28, 20100 found this helpful

Go to they had a episode showing how to make them real nice looking.

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January 4, 2006

I am thinking of remodeling my kitchen. Even though the kitchen cabinets are in good shape, I don't like the materials. I cannot make my mind on replacing or refacing the cabinets; any suggestions will be a big help to me. What is the different in terms of the cost and the feel?

Thank you,
Wei from Phoenix, AZ


By Budd Shamroth (Guest Post)
January 4, 20060 found this helpful

The one thing I can tell you is. You must add the DRAIN MATE ( ) to your new kitchen it's ( 4 ) products in one and it saves space

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January 9, 20060 found this helpful

If you haven't started on your kitchen projects yet, check out my cabinets.

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February 3, 20060 found this helpful

You just proved my mother is right. She said, "A man will do anything if he thinks it's foreplay."

BTW, what's S&H on Jason? He's a cutie.

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April 23, 2015

Is there a company that would take my Tasmanian oak kitchen cupboard doors and strip off the old stain and re-stain them?

By Tamzin


November 5, 20170 found this helpful

There are many home remodeling companies that do this type of work. Unfortunately, you forgot to tell me where you live. I can't suggest a company for you in your area. So you'll need to look up companies who specialize in kitchen remodels and give them a call.

I know this can be done because my parent's had it done in their kitchen.

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November 5, 20170 found this helpful

There are many companies that do this. Go to any local hardware store for a recommendation

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January 1, 2014

Any ideas for inexpensive fixing of painted (but worn) rental cabinet doors?

By Linda


January 3, 20140 found this helpful

Linda: I have rented my share of older homes. With no damage, you can simply remove the doors. I have put a spot of tacky glue on some pretty buttons to cover the holes, that will pop off easy when you move. Then, you can either paint the back wall a nice color like cream or white, and put some pretty shelf paper in that perhaps folds over the shelves to make it all look like it is suppose to be that way.

Other than that, ask the landlord for permission to paint them. Take off the hinges so it looks nice and most of the time they will approve of anything that doesn't have to be done by them or paid for by them. Good luck!

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May 9, 2012

I applied Varathane premium stain to some new oak kitchen cabinets. The color we chose was "summer oak". We chose this color because of it's a light, but not too light, color. My problem is, my cabinets have an orangish color to them. I need to know how I can correct this problem. They just aren't the color I had I envisioned.



May 15, 20120 found this helpful

You said new cabinets, if you have a piece of the wood use your stain over it and then lightly sand it after dry and in different portions of it try different stains till you get the color expected. Golden oak will produce a slightly orange color as you describe in some stains. Depending on what your wood is will affect the color. Hope this helps. Varathane itself is a clear non yellowing coating that I use by itself so my wood burning doesn't yellow over time. This only leaves what they call summer oak and apparently it and your wood absorbed more orangey color.

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October 29, 2010

I want to re-finish my oak kitchen cabinets which are in good shape. From what I've read here the liquid sandpaper works best for painting over varnish.

What about staining/varnish over varnish? Can I prep my cabinets with liquid sander only? I won't be able to remove my cabinets and take them outside so I'm looking for a method that is less messy than sanding. Thanx.

By Lisa


October 30, 20100 found this helpful

You can buy all kinds of liquid paint, stain and varnish removers. They are messy but they do work. The largest part of the refinishing process will be the doors, and you can remove them and take them outside to sand. Just be sure as you remove each door to number it and the section it was removed from, so it is easier to get it in the exact right location when you are reattaching them. The other parts of the cabinets wouldn't be so hard to do a little sanding if necessary after using the stripping stuff.

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November 16, 2013

I recently installed black granite on my counter tops. My appliances are stainless steel and the back splash is different hues of small gray tiles.

The original stain on the cabinets is natural, but I am interested in having them stained in a cherry mahogany color. Where can I find this color stain?

By Annabella

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May 15, 2012

My kitchen cabinets are beyond ugly! They're the worst I have ever seen. I'm on a very tight budget, and would love some simple and cheap ideas for fixing them. I have a very small kitchen so space wise I don't have a lot of options. Thanks.

By April P.

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I have pine cabinets in my kitchen. Pine is very soft, so there are several indentions, nicks, and scratches on them. They could also use a good cleaning. Would you suggest that I use some kind of good cleaner first, even if it removes the finish and then go back over them with a satin urethane? They really look bad. HELP!

Marilyn from Dobson, NC

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June 11, 2016

This is a page about refinishing laminate cabinets. Some special preparation may be needed to refinish your laminate cabinets; but it can be done.

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October 29, 2010

I have 1980's oak cabinets in my house. I'd like to update them a bit and was wondering if anyone has stripped and stained their oak cabinets?

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January 22, 2010

My husband and I are about to purchase our first home. It is a foreclosure so it's buy "as is". There's really not too much wrong with it.

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October 17, 2009

My kitchen cabinets need some help. The doors/drawers are wood (oak), but the cabinet frames are wood on the front, but sides are veneer.

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