Stripping and refinishing kitchen cabinets

Discussion in 'Carpentry and Woodworking' started by Micmouse, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. Jul 19, 2005 #1

    Micmouse

    Micmouse

    Micmouse

    New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2005
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    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.

    Thanks.

    Have a great day and be good to yourselves.

    Mickie ; )
     
  2. Sep 16, 2005 #2

    sallyfixit

    sallyfixit

    sallyfixit

    New Member Sponsor

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2005
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    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!
     
  3. Sep 16, 2005 #3

    HandyWoman

    HandyWoman

    HandyWoman

    Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2005
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    that is a aswesome idea!!!! MUCH Cheaper also!
     
  4. Sep 16, 2005 #4

    fauxer

    fauxer

    fauxer

    Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2005
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    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!!
     
  5. Nov 24, 2005 #5

    jedwards

    jedwards

    jedwards

    New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2005
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0

    And how is the stain going to penetrate thru the poly seal that is on top????
     
  6. Nov 27, 2005 #6

    birch

    birch

    birch

    Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2005
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    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.
     
  7. Jan 13, 2006 #7

    the dude

    the dude

    the dude

    Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2006
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    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.
     
  8. Jan 17, 2006 #8

    Manuel Nunez

    Manuel Nunez

    Manuel Nunez

    Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2006
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    1
    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.
     
  9. Feb 2, 2006 #9

    mickmar

    mickmar

    mickmar

    Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2005
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    0
    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.
     
  10. Apr 3, 2006 #10

    Ducttapeman

    Ducttapeman

    Ducttapeman

    Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2006
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    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.
     
  11. Apr 4, 2006 #11

    asbestos

    asbestos

    asbestos

    Good with caulk

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2006
    Messages:
    244
    Likes Received:
    3
    Yup, it sounds like it's the water, water turns oak black for some reason. The stains can be removed with chlorine bleach, oxalic(sp?) bleach, or that A B two part bleach. I have not tried oxy clean or the like but that may well work. Of course don't mix these products and read the labels. The issue is you will take the black out but also take out some or all of the color of the wood, so your matching concerns are valid. By messing around with various shades of stains and such (try using just the liquid at the top and/or just some pigment at the bottom of the can) you may well be able to get a good match. just keep tring and remember if the color is not right you can wipe the stain off over and over.
    one note here, do not leave the rags with stain on them inside or anywhere where them catching on fire is a problem, this goes for many oil based finishes. again read the label.
     
  12. Apr 4, 2006 #12

    milehigh_woodcrafter

    milehigh_woodcrafter

    milehigh_woodcrafter

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2006
    Messages:
    65
    Likes Received:
    0
    pretty sure water doesn't turn oak black, it's water with contaminants that turn oak black, trust me i've dealt with it plenty.

    as far as your job, you might be able to just sand them smooth with 150 roughing the existing finish. depending on the existing finish carrier (solvent) it may or may not work with your new stain and finish combo (depending on the carrier). It could be a whole nightmare, or rainbows and gumdrops. Somtimes life's funny like that.
     

Share This Page