How to Restore Oak Cabinets

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How to Restore Oak Cabinets

Oak cabinets are an elegant addition to any space, especially the kitchen. The cabinet's warm natural look matches a wide variety of colours and decors. No matter what style appliances you have, oak cabinets are versatile enough to fit in. However, as oak cabinets age, they sometimes scratch or become dull. Tiny cracks in the cabinets may also appear. The occurrence of wear, however, does not mean you need to purchase a brand new set of cabinets. It simply means you must undertake a simple restoration project. Before purchasing the products to restore oak cabinets, you should fully understand the restoration process.

Materials for Oak Cabinet Restoration

In order to restore oak products quickly and easily, gather an assortment of easy-to-find products. In addition to a scotch pad or scouring pad, find a bucket, water, ammonia, and linseed oil. For protection from harmful materials, use rubber gloves and eye protection. To finish the restoration, find the colour stain of choice, and a top coat that retains the shine and lustre. Along the way, it may be necessary to use sandpaper, painter's tape, a paintbrush, and a small bristle brush as well.

Oak Cabinet Restoration Process

To begin the restoration process, remove the hinges and handles. This protects these vital pieces from any damage that may occur from contact with harmful chemicals. To avoid unnecessary stress on the hinges, be sure to remove the bottom first. With the doors off, it is easier to stain the entire cabinet.

Thoroughly Clean the Oak Cabinets

With the hinges and doors off, clean the inside of the cabinets. Soak the scotch or scouring pad in a water and ammonia mixture, and be sure to wear rubber gloves for protection. Grime buildup makes all future steps more difficult, so be sure to remove all that is visible. After the entire cabinet is clean, use plain water to rinse away the solution, and dry it with a towel.

Protect the Work Area

The chemicals for the restoration may cause damage to the area around the cabinets. To prevent damage, completely cover the workspace in plastic and secure it into place with painter's tape. Cover appliances and any other expensive items in the area. This keeps the scope of the restoration project to the cabinets, and nothing else.

Strip the Stain Off the Wood

Prior to this step, put on protective eyewear. If the chemicals come in contact with the eyes, it can cause irreversible damage. To begin to strip the original stain, apply the chemical stripper with a paintbrush. Keep in mind that it takes some time for the stripper to work. Once the stain bubbles up, use a putty knife to strip it away. Linseed oil is also effective in place of a chemical stripper. After all the stain is gone from the cabinets, wipe it down with a wet towel and let the cabinet dry.

Smooth the Surface

Before you put a new coat of stain on the cabinets, the surface must be smooth. To create a smooth surface, use a single sheet of sandpaper. Pay extra attention to any noticeable problem areas. A freshly sandpapered surface more effectively soaks up the new coat of stain.

Apply a Fresh Coat of Stain and Finish

Once the surface is smooth, use a paintbrush to apply a generous coat of stain. If possible, use brush strokes that move in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Once a complete coat of stain is on the cabinet, allow it to dry completely. Next, use a smaller brush to apply an initial coat of polyurethane finish. This finish protects the wood from future damage, and it preserves the shine of the oak cabinets. After the initial coat of finish is dry, use sandpaper to smooth it out, and apply one more coat. After the second coat of finish is dry, reinstall the hinges and doors, and call the restoration project complete.

How to Buy Oak Cabinet Restoration Items on eBay

To find the products for an oak cabinet restoration project, use the search field on any page at eBay. If you prefer specific brands, use the navigation available to narrow your selection. If the details of a product are unclear, use the "Ask a Question" feature to get clarification from the seller. It is also a good idea to purchase products from sellers with high feedback ratings.

eBay stores offer shoppers a quick and convenient way to purchase a large set of products from a source they trust. A home-improvement eBay store carries the sandpaper, paintbrushes, and chemical strippers for the entire project. The convenience of eBay eliminates the need to make a long and difficult trip to multiple home-improvement stores.

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