How to Restore Antique Kitchen Cabinets

What You'll Need
Soft cloth
Oil soap
Rubber gloves
Furniture wax

Antique kitchen cabinets are not only beautiful to look at but they can also add a sense of history and culture to a room. Unfortunately, a beautiful piece of wood furniture can become dull and lifeless over time. It is extremely important to take extra care with any antique pieces you may have in your home. Restoring an antique cabinet can require a great deal of patience and effort but the final result is more than worthwhile. 

    Step 1 – Getting an Appraisal

    Before you do any work on your own to an older piece of wood furniture that you own, have it appraised by a professional. Some antiques are more valuable with their antique patina than when they have been restored through refinishing or repainting.

    Step 2 – Cleaning the Cabinet

    Put on lyour rubber gloves before you start. Apply the oil soap to your cloth and wipe the entire cabinet clean. Use your toothbrush and toothpicks to gently scrub away any residue from the small crevices and details in the wood cabinetry. A thorough cleaning may be all that your antique cabinet needs to be restored to its original look. If not, use a fine sand paper to gently sand away any other residue that may still remain on the wood.

    Step 3 – Waxing the Cabinet

    Once you have finished cleaning the wood, apply the wax furniture polish to your dusting cloth and gently rub it into the cabinetry. Wait a few moments and then polish the wax into the wood The wax polish should bring the wood on the antique cabinet back to its best appearance. 

    Step 4 – Examining the Cabinet

    Examine your antique cabinet, checking for any hardware that might be missing from the wood pieces. Replacement parts can be purchased from a local antique shop. If you are unable to find what you need there, visit any yard sales and thrift shops in the area to find the parts you need. 

    Step 5 – Replacing Missing Parts

    Carefully replace any hardware or shelving that was missing from your cabinet. Be careful with the screwdriver as you are securing any of the screws, making sure not to accidentally scratch any of the wood.

    Step 6 – Crafting New Parts

    If there are any wooden parts that are damaged or missing and that cannot be replaced, find a skilled carpenter who could create a piece that would match the style and detail of your cabinet.

    Step 7 – Refinishing the Cabinet

    A new finish or a new coat of paint on an antique cabinet could greatly depreciate both its value and its style. If at all possible, refrain from changing the original finish on your antique piece cabinet.

    Step 8 – Final Appraisal

    Once you have restored your antique piece to its original luster, have the professional appraiser return to provide you with a second estimate on the value of cabinet.