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    change cabinet color

    my wife and i plan to remodel our kitchen we went shopping for a new floor, once we had picked out the floor she turned to me and said we need to change the color of our cabinets to resemble these ones for everything to match.

    The wood is a light oak with light stain or varnish. The cabinet faces are solid oak and the side pieces are veneer. I know we can sand and re stain but the exposed sides are a veneer and im worried about exposing the mdf underneath due to over sanding. Is it possible to refinish our cabinets and stain them a different color with out damaging the veneer pieces?



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    RE: change cabinet color

    It's likely that you won't be able to remove the finish and color by just sanding. You may have to use a stripper. Sanding everything is a PITA and you could go through the veneer.
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    RE: change cabinet color

    can i eliminate most of the sanding by using a chemical to prepare the surface for a darker stain?

    can you recommend any particular type of stripper that has worked well in your experience or will acetone work?

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    RE: change cabinet color

    Part of the answer to your qustion will depend on how the cabinets were finished in the first place. If the finish was applied with a color in it then the cabinets should strip down to the wood without a whole lot of trouble. If the wood was stained before the finish was applied then refinishing will be more difficult.

    I would strip the cabinets rather than trying to sand all of the finish off of them. There is a product called CitriStrip that is safe for indoor use and works well. If you're going to strip the cabinets in place without removing them this is what I'd recommend. It should remove the finish on the cabinets rather easily but most strippers do not do a good job of removing stain from wood. I would recommend removing all of the doors and drawers and their hinges/handles before stripping them.

    If you are planning on staining the cabinets a darker color than they currently are this will not be much of a problem. Going from light to dark is a LOT easier than going from dark to light. After stripping the cabinets lightly sand everything to make it nice and smooth again. The water in the stripper will raise the grain. As you stated in your post do not sand heavily as you can go through the veneer in the sides.

    Now on to the finish... There are several options you have here. You can stain them and then apply a finish over top of them or you can buy a colored finish (such as PolyShades by Minwax). Regardless of the final finishing technique you choose I'd practice on the back of some of the cabinet doors or back of drawers to be sure you are getting the results you want. As for the finish I think I'd definitely recommend some sort of polyurethane finish for kitchen cabinets and probably a wipe on product. I think the Polyshade products can be thinned with some mineral spirits to make them "wipeable" but I've never tried it. (I'd reccomend not thining more than about 25% since the shading is mostly a suspension of particles rathedr thaan a dye.) If you do this it will take many wipe on coats to come up to the final color that you want. That's not so bad considering that when I use wipe on Poly I usually put on six coats with the first 4 being a gloss last 2 being a satin. Hope this helps. Jeff

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    RE: change cabinet color

    I'll second the motion on Citristrip. It's not a MC (methylene chloride) based stripper, and can be used indoors, and smells like oranges, and cleans up with water. There's been talk about how a non MC based stripper is inferior to MC based ones. I've used a lot of both and don't find that too be true. For the hassle and hazards of an MC based stipper, I have steered away from them.
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    RE: change cabinet color

    i would like to thank you guys for the helpful advice you have given. I'll make sure to take pics of all the steps.

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    RE: change cabinet color

    I'd say, "Sure. And what color of paint do you want?" ;)

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