Just tossing that out there for anyone who might be doing this (who may want extra “insurance” that the spray will hold).So it was out the window with step one, and on to step two: deglossing.House (including Gel Stain details) Refacing (specific details for staining oak) Update Idea #2 – Change the Hardware (or add some) More often than not, the 1980’s / 90’s oak cabinets don’t have hardware (handles or knobs).While functionally it’s not a big deal because you can still open them, decoratively it’s like you’re missing the last piece of the puzzle.There is a little homework involved in choosing the correct cabinet hinge upgrade, especially for some of the brands with large product lines.The door style, door thickness and hinge type all play a role. Not the new installs where you need to make sure your router and drill jigs are carefully planned and perfectly measured.
The most common categories of cabinet hinges will be A concealed – often referred to as European – style of hinge will be completely internal so there is no visible part of the hinge when the door is closed.
Anyway, I’m back to share the hardware makeover play-by-play and a ton of pics that we couldn’t squeeze into our door-painting post on Wednesday. So naturally I made some sort of sound that resembled a walrus screaming and chucked the sandpaper as far away as possible while cradling/apologizing to my doorknob and promising him that I’d never hurt him like that again.
We stripped the hardware off of both of the sliding doors in about five minutes (I took one side while John got the other one) by just unscrewing things on the front, back, and side to free them with a regular old philips head screwdriver… So after some decent amount of online research and chatting up the paint pros at Lowe’s (there’s a woman at the one near us who is phenomenally knowledgeable) we learned that the most recommended method for refinishing hardware (to gain the most durability and long-lasting finish) was: So I grabbed my high grit sandpaper and started on the first step: sanding. I should have taken a picture of the one side of the doorknob that I thought I ruined with the dumb sanding step but I was too busy freaking out.
This means that while it might be solid wood, if it’s ugly or worn out, it’s not adding value (emotional or monetary) to your home.
Now before we get into the guts n’ the glory, you need to figure out what style of cabinets you have…