refinishing oak cabinets
February 11, 2011 6:05 PM Subscribe
I have a 20 year-old house with decent-quality stained oak cabinets (built by a cabinet builder on-site during the house's construction). I love the layout of my kitchen and the cabinets are very functional, but the finish is looking a little worn and chipped these days. How can I refinish these cabinets?
posted by Ostara to Home & Garden (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am NOT interested in painting them or refacing them. Even though oak is not "in-style" right now, I love all of the oak woodwork in my house, cabinets included.
Currently the cabinets are a golden oak stain and ideally I'd like to strip them down and stain them a color that was perhaps a little less yellowish.
Almost all of the info I am finding online refers to painting the cabinets. What would the process be like for re-staining them? Would it be easier to just order new oak doors and start from scratch on those, while refinishing the boxes? Do gel stains really work? What tools and equipment do I need?