Remodeling your kitchen is always a good idea. The kitchen gets a lot of foot traffic and certain components tend to wear down quicker than others. For instance, with children running in and out of the kitchen, opening and slamming doors, the kitchen cabinets will often show signs of wear before other elements in the room. Also, since there is often a lot of moisture and grease in a kitchen, the finish on your cabinets can wear down quicker. The ultimate result is that you need to refinish your kitchen cabinets quite often. This article explains the best way to refinish hardwood kitchen cabinets with a clear or tinted stain.
Remove the Doors and Drawers
This job is much easier if you remove all the doors and drawers from the cabinet box. The main cabinet box will be square and relatively easy to stain. Since the doors and drawers have decorative bevels and designs, staining them is a little more complicated. The job can be streamlined if you move them all onto a large tarp or drop cloth so they can be sprayed at the same time.
Sanding the Stain Off
The hardest part of the entire job is usually all the sanding. Even if you are applying the exact same stain color, you need to sand off the existing stain. You will want to use a combination of power sanders and handheld sponge sanders. Additionally, you might need different levels of grit. You can start off with a medium grit paper that is rougher and allows you to remove the majority of the stain. Then, you can step up to a extra fine paper that enables you to make the surface smooth and stainable. One of the most important things to remember when sanding is to try and make the surface consistent. That is, if sections of the word are smoother than others, the stain will absorb differently.
When you sand all of your doors and drawers on a dropcloth, you don't need to worry about taping. However, you will still probably need to tape off around the edges of your cabinet boxes so you don't get stain on your countertops, floors and appliances.
Applying the Stain
Using a lint free rag is the best way to apply the stain. This way you can simply dip the rag into your stain can and then rub it onto the wood. This works better than a normal paintbrush because there is less dripping. Just to make sure that you wear latex gloves and keep several rags on hand.
Most stain jobs will require several coats. It is very important that you rub down each coat with steel wool before applying the next coat.
For more remodeling tips, contact a company like Luxcucina.