Start by sanding and conditioning the wood, then stain. After that’s dry, put on two coats of polyurethane and your cabinets will look just as good as any professional could have done for you. Before you stain the cabinets, it’s important to remove all the doors and drawers to make sanding and applying the stain easier.
Old kitchen cabinets can accumulate layers of dirt, grease and grime. New paint or stain won’t adhere properly to dirty, greasy surfaces, so a thorough cleaning of your cabinets is a vital step in refinishing them.
Wipe clean, then sand with a finer grit, such as 180 or 220. Wipe clean and apply a wood conditioner with a clean rag. If you are also changing the stain color of the kitchen cabinet frames, you will need to repeat this process with the frames, too.
Pick your cleaner: If you didn’t read my official product test, go back and give it a read before you view these steps. I found that Murphy’s Oil Soap cleaned best overall for a silky, reconditioned surface, so that’s what I’m using here. Image credit: Erika Tracy.
I don’t have a lot of before pictures of my bathroom—but imagine orangey oak, yellow-orange speckled countertops, yellow tile, and dated bathroom lighting. This bathroom is … I considered painting my cabinets like my kitchen and upper bath, but stained cabinets bring warmth and rich design to a room.
Here was my cabinet before staining. I had scrubbed it with the Krud cutter. We bought a foreclosure and it was evident the house was not cared for, for quite awhile. I still feel like after three years we’re still cleaning up the grime and this project was no exception.
When you choose painted How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets Before Staining, they will usually be assembled with materials that accept and hold paint well, such as poplar, veneered plywood or MDF. The key is having a nice, flat surface, free of knots and heavy grain patterns. Some cabinet manufacturers perform all the finishing work on their cabinets in-house. At Canyon Creek, an elaborate system of spray booths, ovens and an overhead drying line make it possible to finish hundreds of cabinets a day. Cabinets leave the plant boxed and ready for installation.
The kind of paint used on your How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets Before Staining will impact how they look, how they wear, how much they chip and whether they are resistant to water. When purchasing a stock or semi-custom cabinet, ask what kind of paint is used and if there are other options. There are many paint options: oil- or water-based paints that may or may not include alkyd resins to help with curing, and even solid-body conversion varnishes. Having an extended conversation about the options and their impacts (off-gassing, longevity etc.) might be helpful. Earlier this year I looked into using a zero-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint on some custom cabinets, but received less-than-positive feedback from the paint shop about using it. Using a low-VOC paint instead yielded good results. Paint companies are constantly working on formulating coatings with fewer VOCs, and as time goes on, they will only get better, so look at all of your options.