Cabinet Refinishing Process
The process we use for cabinet refinishing is a great way to brighten up your kitchen without spending the money on new cabinets. We tarp and mask all floor surfaces, counter tops and appliances. All the wood surfaces are cleaned with our water based wood cleaner/degreaser to remove dirt, oil, grease, and other contaminates from the wood surface. Once the wood has been cleaned, we abrasion sand all finished wood surfaces. This includes the fronts and backs of all doors, drawers, boxes (the wood the doors are attached to), baseboards and crown moldings. Heavily damaged areas will be stripped and sanded down to raw wood and color matched. With this process we can tint the color of the cabinets slightly to warm or update. But, more extreme wood color changes can be accomplished with our complete color change process which strips all wood surfaces completely down to raw before staining takes place.
After the stain is dry, we apply 3 heavy coats of our waterborne polyurethane or oil based varnish to restore the shine and protect the wood surfaces for years to come. Everything from the counter tops, boxes and drawers will need to be removed. These jobs take one to two days depending on the size. The kitchen will not be functional until the day after we leave due to curing times. What’s left is your kitchen looking the way it should, the way it did originally.
Both our Portland cabinet refinishing and Bend cabinet refinishing teams follow this step-by-step refinishing process.