The Best Way To Restain Your Cabinets

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The Best Way To Restain Your Cabinets

5 January 2017
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Over the years your cabinets can go out of style. This is bound to happen at some point. However, this does not mean that you need to get rid of your old cabinets and invest in a new, expensive system. One of the most practical and cost effective ways to update your cabinets is to simply restain them. Best of all, this is a basic remodel project that you can probably do on your own. This article explains the best tools and techniques for refinishing hardwood cabinets.

First of all, you want to remove the doors and work on them separately from the main cabinet. If your cabinet is mounted to the wall, you will just need to mask off the area around it. You can set up a simple painting station where you can work on your doors separately without having to worry about overspray and sawdust. For instance, you could set down a large tarp or drop cloth where you can lay out all of your door and drawers.


When you're updating the stain on a cabinet, you need to thoroughly sand off the existing stain. Even if you're going to restain your cabinet the exact same color, you still want to do this. You can definitely speed up the process using power sanders, but you will still need to use handheld sponge sanders that allow you to reach within all the crevices and decorative corners. Usually, sanding the doors and drawers is the most time consuming because they have such ornate designs. Sanding the faceframe of the cabinet is usually very simple because it is square and flat. After you send down all of your surfaces, you will need to further smooth them out using steel wool. This is the best product for making the wood surface smooth and stainable.

Applying the Stain

Applying a stain is best done by using a rag. Don't bother using a paint brush or rollers with stain. You basically dip the rag directly into the stain can and then spread it onto your wood. You will definitely need to apply several coats of stain for a protective and durable finish. However, it is very important that you wait for each coat to dry and then rub it down with steel wool before applying the next coat. Also, make sure you use the steel wool after the final coat.

If you couple your new stain job with new hardware and handles for your cabinet doors, your entire unit will look newer and more stylish. For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website like