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How to refinish oak cabinets without stripping

Having beautiful kitchen cupboards in your home doesn’t mean a whole lot if you don’t care for the shade or colour of the oak. That seems to be the main reason a lot of homeowners consider resurfacing cupboards with a stain that they actually enjoy. It can be a difficult task, but there is also that major satisfaction to come when you look around your kitchen and enjoy your surroundings. Before you start, in any case, it’s ideal to do a little analyzing work.


oak cabinets

Oak cupboards are valued for their rich and brilliant shading that coordinates with an assortment of kitchen styles. They are a component in numerous kitchens. After some time, oak cupboards can wear or stain. Oak is a hardwood, but in general it will still be powerless against surface checking, which is the presence of minuscule parts and splits on the wood surface. In order to avoid surface checking and different indications of wear and tear, your oak cupboards must be restored. The way toward revamping brilliant oak cupboards is a similar procedure utilized for any wood bureau.


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  • Remove the cabinet doors and drawers, including all the equipment, for example, pivots. While expelling the entryways, evacuate the base pivot first to abstain from focusing on the pivot, which can harm both the equipment and the entryway.
  • Be sure to wear protective gloves and goggles beforehand for protection. You can blend 2 to 3 tablespoons of trisodium phosphate and 1 gallon of high temp water. Wash the cupboards with the trisodium phosphate solution to evacuate oil, soil and other debris from the wood. Afterward, wash the wood with clean water and give it ample time to dry.
  • Be sure to protect your other furniture in the room with plastic sheeting. You can secure the plastic with painter’s tape to be sure it stays in place.
  • Apply substance stripper to the cupboards and the entryways with a paintbrush. Leave the stripper on the wood until it starts to bubble. Scratch the mollified finish from the oak with a clay blade. Keep applying stripper to every entryway and cabinet front just as to the bureau bases until the former stain has been stripped.
  • Wipe the cupboards with a moist material to expel stripper and flotsam and jetsam. Be sure to give the wood to completely dry.
  • Sand your dry oak cupboards with 220-coarseness sandpaper to smooth the outside of the wood as well as to set it up for your new stain. Sand toward the wood grain, on the grounds that moving across or contrary to what would be expected can make scratches that will be visible in the wake of recoloring. Wipe the sanded wood with an attached fabric to expel dust.
  • Apply stain to your cupboards utilizing a quality paintbrush. Work in little segments, applying the stain equally and letting it sit on the wood for around 10 minutes. Wipe the abundance away with a clean cloth.
  • Keep applying stain to the cupboards, entryways and cabinet fronts until you’ve recolored all surfaces. Let the wood dry as directed.
  • Apply a small layer of oil-based polyurethane to the cupboards and allow it to dry.
  • Softly sand the primary coat and wipe the residue off with a tack fabric. Finish off with a subsequent coat and let the wood dry totally before reinstalling the entryways and equipment.
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