Refinishing kitchen cabinets


Old 01-17-17, 09:31 AM
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Refinishing kitchen cabinets

Hello, I am interested in refinishing our kitchen cabinets (picture of one set of cabinets attached) - either staining them a darker color, or painting them white. What can be done here that:

1. Does not involve sanding
2. Preferably does not involving using chemicals to strip the current stain

Thank you!

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Old 01-17-17, 11:15 AM
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I'm afraid the only option within those parameters is replacement.

To stain the cabinets darker you'd need to strip off all of the existing finish first - stain needs bare wood. You can alter the color a little be applying a tinted poly like MinWax's PolyShades over the existing finish but you'd still need to sand lightly first or wipe the wood down with a liquid deglosser - I usually do both.

Painting would also require a light sanding and/or using deglosser. You'd then apply 1 coat of a solvent based primer followed by 2 coats of your choice of enamel [latex, oil base or waterborne] sanding lightly between coats.
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