A china cabinet provides a place to store and display your china collection. Over time, though, the china cabinet's finish can be faded from exposure to sunlight, or damaged due to objects hitting it, leaving the cabinet looking tired and word. Refinishing your china cabinet allows you to restore the luster it once had while displaying the craftsmanship and beauty of the piece.
Remove the doors, shelving and from the china cabinet. Remove hardware such as hinges and doorknobs from the cabinet.
Clean the wood with mineral spirits or trisodium phosphate (TSP). Apply the cleaner to a dry cloth, then wipe down the wood. Repeat this two or three times, then allow the wood to dry. Cleaning the wood several times with the TSP ensures that you remove as much of the dirt and grime covering the wood as possible. This will allow the stain to penetrate deeper into the wood.
Sand the wood very lightly, going with the grain. This helps the wood to absorb the stain.
Wipe off the wood with a dry cloth to remove the dust. Fill in any nicks in the surface of the wood with wood putty. Sand the putty smooth.
Stain the cabinets. Begin with the areas that are intricately detailed, then move on to the large, flat areas. Use smooth, long strokes when staining the wood. Allow the stain to dry for the time specified on the packaging. Add a second coat of stain if you want a darker color for the wood.
Install all of the hardware. Place the doors, drawers and shelves back on the cabinet.
Tips & Warnings
- Apply the stain in a well-ventilated area.
Things You'll Need:
- Mineral spirits
- Trisodium phosphate
- Dry cloth
- Sanding tools
- Wood putty
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