How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets
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.
TOM: Yeah. I mean that’s because of all 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 doors if that keeps up.
SUSAN: Uh-huh, uh-huh. Would I have to sand them first or…?
TOM: Generally, it’s a good idea to do that, yes. You’re going to lightly sand those cabinets. 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. If this is more of a project than you were hoping for, consider replacing those cabinets instead of refacing them.
SUSAN: Oh, yeah.
TOM: I hope that advice helps, Susan. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.