My kitchen cabinets are almost 23 years old & need a refresh

by Ter7416822
They are oak with a polyurethane finish- don't want to paint them. What products could I use to clean & refresh. Planning on putting knobs & handles to change the look

  12 answers
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 05, 2018

    Did you want to restain the cupboards?

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Mar 05, 2018

    Wash with Murphy's oil soap, dry completely. Use either Wilbert's lemon oil, to keep the wood moist, so it don't dry out. Rejuvenate is a product to bring shine to your cabinets. The knobs should match the other hardware. Good Luck!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 05, 2018

    To refresh them Try Cabinet Magic available at Home Depot

  • Tob30599057 Tob30599057 on Mar 05, 2018

    use old English furniture polish with 0000 steel wool. Gently use in circular motion then buff with a clean cloth. It brings them up like new.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Mar 05, 2018

    My favorite wood refresher is Howard's Restor-A-Finish - it is a conditioner and works great to clean and shine up wood and comes in several difference shades. Buy it at HD, Lowes, etc. I would also add knobs and pulls - it will make a huge difference in updating the space and keep the cabinets cleaner.

  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Mar 05, 2018

    they look like they are in great condition. Yesterday ...I FINALLY cleaned my cabinets that were wonky..I used Murphys Oil Soap and they came out beautiful ! SO clean and a soft glow...very nice.

  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Mar 05, 2018

    Steel wool? Oh HELL NO !!

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    • Tob30599057 Tob30599057 on Jul 14, 2018

      That's what I thought. We were getting a property ready for sale and a stager showed up to put furniture in the home during the showing. She suggested the lowest possible steel wool and old English furniture polish. I could not believe how well the cabinets came up. Like new. However, if you know better ....,

  • Mary Mary on Mar 05, 2018

    using a light sanding grade of Steel wool is fine. Not an SOS pad

  • Debbie Debbie on Mar 05, 2018

    I would give them a good cleaning, light sanding and a couple of coats of polyshades. it comes a lot of different stains so you can have a little change or something totally different.

  • Tasha Tasha on Mar 05, 2018

    I would stain these cabinets with a gel stain {absolutely no sanding required} & add some modern hardware. We used a gel stain to update our banisters & both of the vanities in our bathroom. It's very time-intensive, but absolutely worth it in the end.

    If you want to go the gel stain route, I've included our blog post link with the things we wished we would have known before using gel stain... {e. g. - things that could have saved us a ton of time}

  • Carey Carey on Mar 07, 2018

    I would try Murphys oil. I used it on my antique secretary that had years of goop on it and it cleaned it up beautifully and does not damage the surface. Use according to the directions.