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Old 07-04-2007, 10:46 PM   #1
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1968 home - replacing the vinyl floor with tile floor - quartz counters, new double oven and cook top - that is all going well, but as we progressed we started to notice that we had neglected to address the cabinets.

We were told eight years ago (2nd remodel) from a cabinet shop not to replace our cabinets as they were custom and solid oak. We like them, but they need to be sanded and refinished. Need some help in how to proceed and do it right the first time. Would like to do it ourselves of course

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The thread below from one of our "sister-sites" will help you in the right direction. It is referring to "Oak veneer" cabinets, but the principle is the same....

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The thread below from one of our "sister-sites" will help you in the right direction. It is referring to "Oak veneer" cabinets, but the principle is the same....

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I looked at that thread - not real informative to say the least.
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It would be quite alot of work if you plan on changing the color of the stain. (assuming they are stained). However, if the color is fine, a light sanding to rough up the finish and a couple coats of polyurethane would make them look new again.

You'll need to remove the doors/drawers and all hardware so it's easier to get to the face frames of the cabinetry.

Remember, very light sanding. Basically a quick wipe with the sandpaper. After all the sanding is done, use denatured alcohol to wipe down the surfaces.
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It would be quite alot of work if you plan on changing the color of the stain. (assuming they are stained). However, if the color is fine, a light sanding to rough up the finish and a couple coats of polyurethane would make them look new again.

You'll need to remove the doors/drawers and all hardware so it's easier to get to the face frames of the cabinetry.

Remember, very light sanding. Basically a quick wipe with the sandpaper. After all the sanding is done, use denatured alcohol to wipe down the surfaces.
Sorry for the delay. Decided I am not going to go with a different color - after all they are solid oak, thus I will stay with a golden oak stain. Problem is, the finish that was used near 40 years ago was called 'pickled' I believe - cant get it any longer so I am wondering if I should go with a stain then a poly coat or two??
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Stain wont work over a finished surface. If the color is fine, a light sanding to rough up the surface will allow the poly to adhere giving you a new topcoat. i.e. gloss, satin.

Pick up a small can of poly to test an area on the back of a drawer.

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