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I have had at least 25 conversations with him about the “precious” oak in his home.I tell her what I would do and it always begins with, “I would change the oak.” My FIL just rolls his eyes because he loves it. We were able to keep the layout of the kitchen the same, but completely change the look and, in fact, add additional storage. First, the previous cabinet doors, drawers, and hardware were removed. But we didn’t like the honey oak builder-grade cabinets, which is why we had the cabinets refaced by a company. Now, let’s go over a little bit of the refacing process.Sand your dried golden oak cabinets with 220-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface of the wood and prepare it for stain.Sand in the direction of the wood grain, because moving across or against the grain creates scratches that will be noticeable after staining.
Oak is a hard wood, but it tends to be vulnerable to surface checking, which is the appearance of tiny splits and cracks on the wood surface. Well, I mentioned to some in the comment section that we were working on staining our bathroom cabinets () to make these bathrooms look so much better. We have put off finishing the last bits of the house for long enough. Remember how I shared our Stained/Painted Banister last week?Painting, of course, is always an option but here's another: .Unlike paint, liming cabinets (using something like this liming wax from Briwax) lets some of the wood grain show through but tones down the honey color you see on so much '80s oak cabinetry.