How to re-do kitchen cabinets?

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i AM A SINGLE MOM AND MY KITCHEN CABINETS ARE A MESS. THE CLEAR COAT THAT IS OVER THEM IS ALL GRIDDY FEELING AND NASTY. IS THERE A WAS TO CLEAN THAT OFF AND MAYBER PAINT THEM WHITE. THEY ARE THE OAK RIGHT NOW

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  • Janice Janice on Oct 05, 2018

    Hi Annette, I suggest cleaning your cabinets with very hot water with vinegar and Dawn dishwashing soap added to it. Use an old towel or washcloth that has some texture to it. It may take more than one wash down, if they are very greasy. The cabinets can be painted but the oak grain texture will still show through but that's not a big deal. There are many instructional videos on youtube.com you can watch to learn the painting process. Just go to google search bar and enter "how to paint oak cabinets and many posts will pop up. Here's one. https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+paint+oak+cabinets+white+without+sanding&rlz=1C1CHZL_enUS709US709&oq=how+to+paint+oak+cabinets+white&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.12399j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

  • Single Girl's DIY Single Girl's DIY on Oct 05, 2018

    Hi Annette! My oak kitchen cabinets used to be pretty gross, too. A good cleaning helped, but that can cause the finish to look even worse. I was able to salvage mine with a super-simple wipe on product. You might try this before painting. If you like how it looks, you'll save a ton of time and effort. Check out my kitchen makeover here: Super Thrifty Kitchen Updates You Can Do in a Weekend

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 05, 2018

    To piggy back off Janice, you can pick up some textured microfiber sponges from Dollar Tree (3 in a pack) or dish towels with texture (2 in a pack).


    Fine steel wool is good for bridging between scrubbing and sanding.


    Try cleaning with TSP, you can get it cheap at HomeDepot or Lowe's.


    Painting is a big project but there are lots of tutorials around. You could also use gel stain and keep the wood look. Go to Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore to get some help with the right products.


    Make sure you number the doors and drawers before you remove. A small piece of painter's tape on the item removed and a corresponding piece inside the cabinet where it came from.


    Place all hardware in a ziploc bag or container with a top because those little screws disappear.


    You can also paint your hardware. RustOleum paint is amazing. Here's a picture of a nightstand I painted. This hardware was a dark oiled bronze and had left an indentation in the wood so replacement wasn't an option.


    Good luck!

  • William William on Oct 05, 2018

    Make sure they are clean and dry. Remove the doors and hardware. Mark the doors and cabinets with tape where they go. Lightly sand the doors and cabinets to remove any gloss and roughen the surface for paint with 120- to 220-grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123, KILZ,or BIN and have it tinted to the color of the top coat. This will prevent dark or stained surfaces from showing through the top coat. Acrylic, or water-base, paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd, or oil-base, paints require good ventilation because the paint contains solvents that can irritate your lungs and make you feel sick. Alkyd options require mineral spirits for cleanup, but they provide a hard, durable paint finish. Whichever you use, buy the best-quality paint you can afford for a lasting kitchen cabinet finish. Seal with at least three coats with a water based polyurethane. Use a small foam roller and foam brush for a smooth finish.

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