Florida how to refinish cabinets

Refinishing kitchen cabinets in Florida is well worth the time it takes to do it. You start out with a room that is dim and dingy and end up with a brighter, cleaner kitchen. It only takes a few basic steps to refinish your cabinets.

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Decide How You Will Refinish your Kitchen Cabinets

The first thing you need to do is decide what you will do with your cabinets. You can paint the cabinets or stain and varnish the cabinets. It all depends on what look you want your kitchen to have. You can paint after about any finish has been put on. You will be limited, though, in what stains will work with your wood. In other words, if you have a dark wood like mahogany, you will not be able to put a light pine finish on it. It just will not work.

Gather All the Materials You Will Need

After you determine how you are refinishing your kitchen cabinets, get all the materials you need, most of which should be available to you locally in Florida. Get the paint or stain and finishing agent, of course. However, you will also need: de-greaser, medium grade sandpaper, tack cloth, primer (if you are painting) and good quality paintbrushes. This is not a job where you want to use rollers or sponges. Now, you take the cabinets down. If you are just refinishing the fronts, take them down. This is easily done by unscrewing a few screws and taking off the hinges. Most drawer pulls are put on with screws also. You do not even have to empty the cupboards or drawers if you do it right and you have standard hardware.

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Clean the Cabinets

Take the cabinets or cabinet fronts into a room or garage where you will do your refinishing. Make sure the room is one where the cabinets will be able to dry without having too much dust stick to their surfaces. Your next job will be to clean the cabinets. If they are like most kitchen cabinets, they are covered with grease and grime. All of that has to come off before you can start refinishing them. Use a good de-greaser and scrub them hard. If you are refinishing a kitchen cabinet that has been painted or varnished before, you will be removing that substance as well, in most cases. You can use oil paint over latex, but if you use latex paint over oil, it will peel. Therefore, if the original paint was oil and you want to use latex, you will have to completely do away with that finish. Ask your paint dealer what kind of chemical product to use to remove the old finish that is on your cabinet. Take along a sample drawer front for your paint dealer to inspect.

Sand First, then Stain or Paint, then Sand Again

Next, you have to sand the cabinets to smooth them. Use medium grade sandpaper and sand them thoroughly and evenly. Be aware that if you are refinishing your kitchen cabinets and you start sanding too soon, you will be grinding grease and dirt right into the surfaces of your cabinets. When you do sand, you want a clean, smooth surface to work with.When the surface is ready for stain or paint, you can apply it with care. If you stain, wait the recommended time before you put on a varnish or polyurethane finish. If you paint, let it dry for several days. In either case, put on the paint or varnish in several thin coats and sand between each coat. When you are finished, do the final sanding with fine sandpaper. The final step to refinishing them is to install them and reinstall the hardware. Once you have done that, you will have a brand new look.

Do it Yourself - Refinishing Cabinets

refinishing kitchen cabinets This instructional is intended to help you with refinishing stained or clear coated wood kitchen cabinets. This guide will not help with repainting old cabinets with a solid color. My intention is to help people refinish their natural wood kitchen cabinets.You will need a minimal amount of tools for the job:Cordless or Electric Drill Paint Applicators Vibrating Sander Sanding Blocks Screwdriver Drop cloths Vacuum RagsThe first thing to do is test the new finish to see how well it will work with the existing one. Do this on a small area that rarely gets seen. Follow all of the steps below for this test process. I would test an area next to the refrigerator that never gets seen.Take the doors off of the cupboards using a cordless drill or hand screwdriver. You will also need to remove the knobs, hinges or handles.Clean the cupboards with a mild solution of Dawn dishwasher detergent and water or wipe them down with mineral spirits.Begin the sanding process with 100 grit paper. This can be done with vibrating sanders, sanding blocks, and foam pads. You must remove all of the finish off of the cabinet parts. This is going to be a very laborious task. You can use a liquid stripper if you desire to. As a precautionary measure, a dust mask during sanding or respirator type filter mask are appropriate tools to use.After you get all of the old finish off with the 100 grit paper, you should then use 150 grit and finalize the stripping process with 220 grit paper.Before applying any stains, sealers or clear coats, vacuum and wipe off all surfaces really well.If you are using a stain apply it with a foam brush. Make sure you wear your rubber gloves. Allow the stain to dry the recommended duration from the manufacturers instructions. Wipe the stain off with a tack free clean cloth.When refinishing kitchen cabinets, it is really important to NOT get in a hurry. Allow plenty of time for all of the applications of liquid to thoroughly cure before sanding or applying another coat.If you are applying clear sanding sealer (recommended) this is your next step. I like to spray all of my finish coats on. Consult with your paint supply company for instructions for brushing on or spraying on all of the finishes you will be working with.Allow the sealer to completely dry and then sand lightly with 220 sandpaper. Spray, brush or wipe on your next coat of sealer, allow to dry and sand again.Apply two final coats of your clear coat finish.When refinishing your kitchen cabinets, if you are not using stain just apply the sealer and top coats.Screw the doors back on the cupboards and install the handles or knobs.This is going to be a project that will require plenty of time, perhaps four days. The amount of time it takes you will depend on your level of skill, the size of the kitchen and the drying time required for the refinishing materials you are using.This is going to be a very messy job; so make sure you have plenty of drop cloths on hand. Much of your success will be dependent upon how well you prepare the cabinet parts for the new finish. If you get all of the old finish off, your refinishing project should turn out great.