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Don

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1664 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing refurbishing

Well, my wife has decided that my time will be spent in the kitchen and bathrooms refinishing the cabinets and I have to agree that the Oak doors really need some work done to them.

The cabinets are the typical store particle core ‘looks like real Oak’ plywood which leads me to my question(s).

How do I refinish particle core ply?

Can it be lightly sanded and stained darker?

Should I just trundle off to Ikea and purchase new cabinets and make the doors to match?

Thanks to all in advance…..

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca


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Fireguy

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#1 posted 1664 days ago

Have you though about refacing the cabinets and making new doors and drawers.

-- Alex

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Don

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#2 posted 1664 days ago

Hey Alex….

I’m good for making new doors and drawers, no prob there.

What’s involved in refacing the cabinets?

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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Fireguy

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#3 posted 1663 days ago

If you can get to a wood show there is a great seminar on how to do it. My wife and I went thru it last year and it was very informative and much easier than I expected.

The basic process is cleaning, cleaning, and a bit more cleaning. Apply a wood veneer over the existing face frames, trim and finish in place. The person giving the seminar suggested the iron on veneer and had some great tips for applying it.

My wife has almost no skill in this type of thing and she thought is didn’t look like it would be that hard to do.

I think if you can do doors and drawer you could do the refacing no problem. I know there are guys on here with lots of experiance that could give you some tips.

-- Alex

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1663 days ago

You finsh with paint ?

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rtb

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#5 posted 1663 days ago

Don, paint the cabinets, take the money and but material and make new ones. Lets not encourage IKEA or any other trash makers

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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phillip mayberry

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#6 posted 1663 days ago

don i use a pressure sensitve veneer with 3m back peel stick trim sand finish if want to know more send pm

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Sawkerf

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#7 posted 1662 days ago

A “light sanding” and restaining is possible (theoretically, anyway), but probably not very practical. That oak veneer is usually paper thin, and sand-thru’s are almost a certainty. Trying to disguise a sand-thru is usually an exercise in futility.

If your old cabs are structurally sound, a good refacing job on the carcasses and new doors/drawer fronts can look pretty good. A bad refacing job, however,............. – lol

The Ikea option might be ok if you get some of their better quality cabs – and can match your doors/drawer fronts to their carcasses.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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