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How to Refinish Faded Kitchen Cabinets

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    LESLIE: Susan in Minnesota is dealing with a cabinet issue. Tell us what’s going on at your money pit.

    SUSAN: I have my coffee maker, you know, under the cabinet area. And the steam from the coffee maker tends to make the finish from the cabinets fade. And I don’t know where I can put that coffee maker.

    TOM: Yeah. I mean that’s because of all the moisture – the warm moisture – that’s being wicked against that cabinet over the years. That’s definitely going to happen. You may have to refinish those cabinet doors if that keeps up.

    SUSAN: Would I have to sand them first or…?

    TOM: Generally, it’s a good idea to sand kitchen cabinets before refinishing them, yes. You’re going to lightly sand it. And then if it’s only a light sanding and it’s not sort of cutting through the finish, you might be able to just put a new coat of urethane over the top of it. If it’s actually getting into the stain itself and changing the color of the stain, well, then you have to do a deeper sanding and you have to re-stain it. And that’ll be a little tricky, because you’re going to have to try to match the old color.

    SUSAN: Oh, yeah.

    TOM: I hope that advice helps, Susan. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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