Step by Step Refinishing

Below is a step by step look at refinishing a kitchen. This kitchen was originally dark oak and had been painted white with a paint brush by the customer. The customer wanted to go to a light oak color, they wanted new doors with a different style and with hidden hinges.

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This is a picture of the kitchen before I got started on it, it had been painted with a paint brush over dark oak wood.

The first day I am removing the old doors, (they will be replaced with new ones that have already been ordered) and I am masking the entire kitchen protecting the insides of the cabinets, the walls around the cabinets, the countertops and the floor.

This is a picture of the kitchen at the end of the day of masking, all exposed surfaces not to be refinished have been protected.

In this picture on the second day I have started stripping with chemical stripper. I am removing the paint and old clear finish that was below the paint, an all day process.

At the end of the second day all the cabinet frame exteriors have been stripped and just have to dry over night to be ready for sanding.

The third day is sanding, although they have been completely stripped a lot of dark color remains and has to be sanded off to lighten the wood, you can see from the picture the lighter side in upper right that was sanded and below it the darker unsanded side.

End of third day completely sanded, and looking much lighter, there is still some of the dark color that remains in the deep grain which will serve as an accent to the light color.

Fourth day-applying finish. A sealer coat is sprayed on with my Fuji turbine spray system. The sealer upon drying is lightly sanded, then in this case a toner is sprayed on to achieve the desired color and then 3 coats of water based satin Ultrastar clear finish are sprayed on.

End of the fourth day, the finish has been applied and is dry, the masking has been removed completing the refinishing process in the home.

Back in the shop I have rebuilt the drawer fronts, removing the old white fronts and replacing it with a 1/2" thick piece of wood which is fitted and glued in to serve as a base for the new drawer fronts to be screwed to.

The new doors are finished in my shop, after being sealed with a clear finish and sanded lightly, a dark glaze is applied then wiped off to add some dark color to the deep grains to match the cabinet frames and then finished the same as the frames.

This is one of my drying racks where doors are placed to dry, each side is sprayed then placed in the racks to dry before the other side is sprayed.

After the doors and drawers are finished, I am back in the home hanging the doors with new hidden hinges.

Completed kitchen.

Completed kitchen another view.

Completed kitchen, close-up of door.

Completed kitchen, close-up of some drawers.


 

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