involved? Cabinets are
all solid wood, no printed wood grain? Plain doors or molding?
For either chore, you would need to take down doors and remove all
hardware. Painting over a dark
color, whether paint or stain, will probably take a minimum of three
coats of paint. Primer not needed
unless there is bare wood. All surfaces need to be absolutely
immaculate - no dust or grease? I'e done
both chores = stripped all of the cabs in a small kitchen that were
dark, dark, stained oak. Only problem
was when I did the end panels and found out they were not wood, but
printed grain on particle board.
Stripping is a major, messy chore. At least two appl. of paint remover,
scrape, scrub with steel wool, and final
clean-up with steel wool and mineral spirits. Stripping will lighten
the wood considerably, because it takes out
a good deal of the stain, but not all of it. When I stripped the oak
kitchen, I put a clear finish on the clean
wood and it was gorgeous, a medium brown. You really can't make oak light.
Not very practical unless the doors and drawer fronts are
But you can certainly replace the doors and drawer fronts
and use veneer on the cabinet frames. There's an entire
industry devoted to cabinet refacing in this manner.
Refacing involves significant expense but refinishing
involves a great deal of labor. Either way, it's generally
not worth it unless you're sure the existing cabinets are
solid and sound.
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