How To Remodel Your Kitchen Cabinets

You don't need to be a licensed contractor to remodel your kitchen. There are many kitchen remodels that you can do on your own, even if you have no experience. With a few basic tools, you can easily refinish your cabinets to freshen up the look of your entire kitchen. You can make your cabinets look stylish and give them more functionality at the same time. This article explains how to restain wooden kitchen cabinets.

Remove the Doors and Drawers

First, you will want to restain your doors and drawers in a separate area, so remove them from the cabinets. It is a good idea to set up a painting area outside or in your garage. Set your doors and drawers on a table so you can comfortably work on them. Staining is a messy job, so cover the table and the floor around your work area. Also, remove all of the knobs, hinges and any other hardware from the doors. You can leave the drawer front attached to the actual drawer though.

Mask off the Cabinets

Next, mask off your cabinet boxes. Cover all of the kitchen appliance, countertops, walls and floors. Basically, cover anything that you are not staining. Investing in a hand masker (that dispenses a roll of masking paper with painter's tape) makes the job much quicker. Be thorough when masking off in the kitchen because you need to protect against the dust from sanding and stain spills.

Prep the Wood

In order to stain wood with an even finish, you need to sand it down. The sanding is not meant to remove all of the old stain. However, it should smooth out the wood so that it has a uniform finish. This allows the stain to go on more evenly. Use an extra-fine sanding sponge to get within all the crevices and molding.

Stain the Wood

Staining the doors and drawers is best done with a rag and a pair of latex gloves. This allows you to pick up the doors as you wipe the stain onto them. Wiping the stain on with a rag is much easier and less messy than using a brush. Rags are definitely easier for the cabinet boxes as well. The key is to wipe the stain on, and then wipe it away immediately. You don't need to wait for the stain to soak in, just spread it all around. The key to staining wood is using steel wool to smooth out the surface after each coat. Most surfaces will require at least 2 coats of stain. Finally, you can just reattach the doors and drawers and enjoy the new look of your kitchen.

If you decide remodeling your kitchen on your own isn't right for you, contact a company like Renew Construction, LLC to get the job done for you.