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bricksonsecond
What to do with Kitchen Cabinets
bricksonsecond

So I've been researching and looking all over the internet and magazines for what to do with my kitchen cabinets. But every thing pretty much is just pointing to paint them... I dislike painting cabinets.

When we first walked into our house almost 2 years ago, the first step was into the kitchen and I was instantly in love. The kitchen had pretty 70's style cabinets, wood with the knobs in the middle of the doors. Something I love, but the cabinets have water stains and wear and tear. Previous owners did not keep up the house thus, the cabinets aren't in the best of shape, but I want to save them and keep using them.

What can I do to make them shine again like they did 40 years ago?

dj1
Re: What to do with Kitchen Cabinets
dj1

Quote: "What can I do to make them shine again like they did 40 years ago?"

When you find out, let us all know please. I don't think it's possible, particularly after you mentioned that they were neglected all those years.

Paint them, if they were painted before. Otherwise, look into refacing.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

You can have the cabinets refinished if the wood is still in decent enough shape, if they're not, you can have them refaced. Basically, the face frames will be veneered and the doors will be replaced. Much cheaper solution than replacement.

Jeanne
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Jeanne

I refinished my 1970s 7ft bathroom vanity many years ago. It has 6 drawers and 2 small doors under the sink. Everything was in great shape but the doors and the finish. I had a cabinet maker make me two new doors, unfinished. I put just a bit of dark stain on the doors, then rubbed it off so the grain wood match the rest of the cabinet since it had been dark stained. I refinished to a more medium tone, but dark is back in again, so you could keep it dark. I found the quality of the cabinet carcuss to be very good - one reason I refinished. I stripped and refinished the carcuss too. I do not find refinishing to be that much harder than painting cabinets, and with oak I think you get a better result.

I like the citrus stripper. I used an orange one a year ago and had good results. I am starting on my own cabinets soon and picked up a stripper by Zinsser - green citrus. I haven't used it yet but Zinsser is a good brand. Remove doors and drawer fronts from the cabinet - take off hardware. Strip - follow directions - don't forget to neutralize the stripper. Sand as needed, stain desired color, polyurethan finish. I used a spar urethan on the bathroom vanity and it has held up so well I was thinking of using it on the kitchen cabinets. Maybe one of our friendly paint experts will advise.

I've got a friend over a Houzz with cabinets like yours - also trying to save them.

Ruby6781
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Ruby6781

Well, I think A.spruce is right. You could try out refinishing or refacing. In some cases wood varnishing helps wood to last longer. Varnish is a protective film used to avoid oxidation and direct exposure to environment. My custom kitchen cabinets were designed by a team in Toronto ( http://www.gtaclosets.com/kitchen-bathroom/kitchen-pantry/ ) and I had used this technique since then and my cabinets are free of wear and tear.

Re: What to do with Kitchen Cabinets

Do you dislike painting cabinets or painted cabinets? If it's the work of painting I completely get it. Not my favorite chore around the house but if you take your time, strip and sand and paint properly you can get a nice looking cabinet that will be a fraction of the cost or any other alternative.

bricksonsecond
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bricksonsecond

I don't like either, haha. Paint on cabinets isn't my style. I looked into the weird fake painty stuff Rustoleum makes, but I don't like how that looks. I want them to look like wood verse like paint. Maybe getting someone to come out to take a look wouldn't be a bad idea. We think we know who made them originally so maybe they'd be able to help.

Thanks guys.

MichaelInOr
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MichaelInOr

I have done wonders for old furniture with just a can of stain close to the same color. Dings can usually be raised by putting a damp rag over them and putting a hot iron on the rag for a few seconds. The steam from the rag raises the grain and usually raises the ding back to flush. A little work can go a long way to bring old wood back to life. Water stains are a bit harder to cover but a bit of stain can cover some pretty bad stains if the original cabinets are dark (You said 70's which makes me think dark). Top coating cabinets after covering blemishes with stain can be a bit trickey because new finish has to be compatible with the original or it will start flaking off. Stains like Minwax usually have enough sheen that they blend in and don't need top coating. My GF was amazed at how much a bit of stain will help old wood.

I refaced my kitchen cabinets myself. I covered the oak face frames with a maple veneer then replaced all the doors with new ones. Nobody has ever guessed the cabinets were refaced.

Deana Michelle
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Deana Michelle
bricksonsecond wrote:

So I've been researching and looking all over the internet and magazines for what to do with my kitchen cabinets. But every thing pretty much is just pointing to paint them... I dislike painting cabinets.

When we first walked into our house almost 2 years ago, the first step was into the kitchen and I was instantly in love. The kitchen had pretty 70's style cabinets, wood with the knobs in the middle of the doors. Something I love, but the cabinets have water stains and wear and tear. Previous owners did not keep up the house thus, the cabinets aren't in the best of shape, but I want to save them and keep using them.

What can I do to make them shine again like they did 40 years ago?

If you want the cabinets to look like they did when you bought your home just use a product called The Victorian House Wood Finish Rejuvenator that cleans the greasy buildup off but also removes the white faded out water damage finish as well. It kinda fixes bad areas. It doesn't have color and when you put it on it wipes off all the greasy stuff and leaves absolutly NO oily feel. I found it in Tulsa at a store but they have a website go check it out. Oh and its made in Oklahoma. win win... www.thevictorianhouseproducts.com

Deana Michelle
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Deana Michelle
dj1 wrote:

Quote: "What can I do to make them shine again like they did 40 years ago?"

When you find out, let us all know please. I don't think it's possible, particularly after you mentioned that they were neglected all those years.

Paint them, if they were painted before. Otherwise, look into refacing.

I replied on another post but its the same thing here. Kitchen cabinets can look new again if you put a little work in and use The Victorian House Wood Finish Rejuvenator. It was invented for antiques but it works to clean and make the wood look like new. I have used it for years myself. Just look at the website or if you live near Tulsa its in stores. www.thevictorianhouseproducts.com

Deana Michelle
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Deana Michelle

New to this but I have to say if you like the wood and its just sticky and dinged up then all you may need to do is use The Victorian House Wood Finish REjuvenator on them. Its really easy to do and it only takes a few minutes a door to make them look like new again. I used it and it has lasted for years on my cabinets but I use it on old furniture I sell too. Its in store where I live in Oklahoma and its made in Oklahoma too, but I know their web address. www.thevictorianhouseproducts.com Hope it helps

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