To refurbish used cabinets, remove the doors and hardware, prepare the working area, sand down the cabinets and apply stain or paint, states HGTV.com. Replace the doors and hardware once the paint or stain is dry.
Refurbishing cabinets is an easy job to do, notes DoItYourself.com. To refinish kitchen cabinets, run through the following steps.
- Remove the doors and hardware
- Prepare the working area
- Strip away the existing finish
- Fill dents and holes
- Sand the cabinets
- Apply stain or paint
- Replace the hardware
Take the cabinet doors and drawers off of their hinges and remove any handles or knobs.
Clean the area thoroughly. Protect surfaces with plastic.
If the cabinets are already painted or varnished, use paint stripper to remove the current finish.
Fill any holes, marks or dents with wood putty.
Sand down the cabinets, doors and drawers until they are smooth. Start with a rough-grit sandpaper and work up to a finer grit. Wipe down the wood between stages of sanding.
Apply wood stain or paint to the cabinets, doors and drawers. Depending on the type of finish or the product involved, a primer, a second coat or a coat of varnish may be required. If more than one coat is required, sand down the finish before applying the next coat. Let the new finish dry.
Put the doors back on their hinges and replace the drawers. Put the handles and knobs back on the doors and drawers.