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Micmouse 07-18-2005 05:08 PM

Stripping and refinishing kitchen cabinets
Hi All:

My house was built in 1969, and i have the original cabinets. They are flat paneled oak. I would like to strip and refinish them myself if I can. The quote I got for someone to do it was $4300.00 - too much for me to spend. I had no luck with Zip-strip or Formbys Paint and Poly remover. Has anyone ever tried "Miracle Eraser"? Or should I just sand first? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Have a great day and be good to yourselves.

Mickie ; )

sallyfixit 09-15-2005 06:49 PM

you can do it yourself w/o stripping it
Just go to home depot and get a wood stain and darken them up going with the flow of the grain saves a TON of money that way!

HandyWoman 09-16-2005 07:47 AM

that is a aswesome idea!!!! MUCH Cheaper also!

fauxer 09-16-2005 08:01 AM

yes i do it all the time! they tell me what color they want in the cabinets and I just brush a stain over it giving them the color they want EASY and CLEAR COAT IT A MUST DO!!

jedwards 11-24-2005 07:35 AM


Originally Posted by sallyfixit
you can do it yourself w/o stripping it
Just go to home depot and get a wood stain and darken them up going with the flow of the grain saves a TON of money that way!

And how is the stain going to penetrate thru the poly seal that is on top????

birch 11-27-2005 01:06 AM

You will have to sand off the poly finish and possibilly chemical strip that as well. You will have to use chemical stripper to take off the finish. At the local hardware store they should have a bunch of various types of strippers.

the dude 01-13-2006 01:27 AM

You could always paint the cabinets. Sometimes painting is more feasable than restaining and look just as good. Depends on the design of the kitchen though. We painted our cabinets and they look great.

Manuel Nunez 01-16-2006 10:18 PM

If these cabinets are painted with a lot of coats of paint over, try a heat gun to remove as much as possible coats of paint and then use the chemical remover to finish the removing steps.

mickmar 02-02-2006 12:03 PM

micmouse, you will have to "score" the finish with sandpaper before applying a stripper. I would use 150 grit sand paper. Don't see how applying stain to a finish would work, the finish should have sealed the wood. Never tried it so can't say it wouldn't work. Good luck. Mick.

Ducttapeman 04-03-2006 10:32 AM

don't mean to hijack your post, but i have the same issue with our cabinets on a 58 house.
it was redone with new cabinets years ago.
maybe 20% of the drawers/doors are in need of refinishing
they are the particle(boise) board bodies, with the face frame and raised panel doors of solid oak.
they used a darker stain on them, and over the years the heavily used ones are showing a tremendous amount of wear.
also, we swapped out the handles, and some of the doors/drawers have black profiles of the old handles showing in the wood.
It seems this black staining occurs under the sink area, where moisture contact is likely the culprit. I don't believe it is mold.
Is there a chemical that will remove these black stains?
i don't mind stripping sanding and refinishing, but if only 20% of the drawer/door faces are in need of refinishing, i am concerned about the new finish not matching.

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