Your kitchen and bathroom cabinets experience a lot of wear and tear and need to be updated, or replaced, from time to time. One of the easiest, and most cost-effective ways, to make your cabinets look good as new is to hire a cabinet refinishing company into work their magic in your kitchen and bathroom.
Before you start, it is important to take a good look at your cabinets and decide if they are worth saving. If the cabinets are chipped, the laminate is peeling, and the doors are warped, or water damaged, there will be no benefit to a refinish, and you’ll be better off replacing your cabinets. If the damage is mostly cosmetic, like stains and scuff marks then it’s worth refinishing the cabinets.
If you like the wood look, and you don’t want to paint your cabinets, you can stain them. There are two types of wood stains, oil-based and water-based. Oil-based stains take longer to dry and give off more fumes than water-based stains but it’s easier to get an even finish with oil-based stains. Before you start, it is important to know what type of wood you’re working with because some woods react better to staining than others. Oak, ash, chestnut, beech, and pine all stain well but alder, birch, cherry, and mahogany are harder to stain. Once you have decided to stain your cabinets, you need to follow these simple steps;
• Remove the existing wood finish by sanding the surface.
• Test your stain on a wood scrap before you stain a larger area to ensure the color is what you’re looking for.
• Apply a thin coat of pre-stain wood conditioner to prevent blotchiness and uneven marks.
• Apply the stain with a brush or rag.
• Remove any excess stain with a rag.
• Apply a clear finish to seal the color once the stain has dried.
You can tackle the job yourself but refinishing dated cabinets can be time-consuming. If you have never done any DIY projects before then refinishing your kitchen cabinets single-handedly is probably not the best place to start. Contact a cabinet refinishing company and let the experts transform your kitchen.
“If you’ve decided it’s time to paint your cabinets, you can either do it yourself (DIY) or hire a professional. Consider getting an estimate from a professional and getting the job done right the first time.” States Todd Lacroix of Platinum Pro Painters Inc