It is super easy to refinish a cabinet! With these simple steps under your belt, you’ll be seriously tempted to to look for old furniture… Even though I am not a professional, I think this project turned out great, and so can yours!
Garage sales and second hand stores are some of my favourite places to find treasures. Especially when they are inexpensive. I paid $20.00 for this beauty above. It was scratched and had paint dripped on it, but I could see that it was a solid, well-made piece of furniture. When looking for furniture to refinish, always make sure it is solid wood, and in decent shape. You don’t want to put in a lot of effort on a piece of junk, right?
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What I used to refinish this cabinet.
- Sandpaper. I used a fine grit sandpaper, because this cabinet didn’t have a varathane or glossy finish on it. If yours does, just use a little heavier grit on it at first, and then when you’ve got several layers of the gloss off, switch to a finer grit. THESE would be great to use on all the nooks and crannies.
- Danish oil. I used a different brand of natural finish Danish oil. It worked great, and was very easy to apply.
- Cotton rags. I used an old dish towel, but THIS looks cool.
- A drop cloth or old blanket for underneath your project. I used a blanket that we bought from the moving company when we came from Houston.
- A shop vac for cleaning up the dust on your piece before you apply the oil.
Steps to refinish a cabinet!
- Start by sanding the cabinet down. Always sand with the grain. If you sand across the grain or diagonally, it will make scratch marks on the wood. Use a heavier grit sandpaper at first to get the old finish off, if it has any, and then a finer grit to smooth out the wood for oiling. ( I only used a fine grit, because my cabinet didn’t have a finish on it already)
- Once you’ve sanded your wood, use a shop vac to suck up all the wood dust. If you use a household vacuum cleaner, you might ruin it with such fine dust, and the amount of dust you’re going to get rid of.
- Wipe the whole piece down with a damp rag to get it super dust-free.
- When the wood is dry, pour some Danish oil on a clean rag and wipe the wood with the rag. Make sure not to leave pools of oil anywhere. Rub the oil into the wood, so it’s almost dry to the touch right after applying it.
- Make sure to follow the directions on the back of the can of Danish oil. Mine said it was ready to use after 24 hours, but because it was in our garage, and it’s still spring, I left it for an extra few days.
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See? I told you it was super easy! And fun…I had a great time refinishing my new cabinet! It’s going in the living room to hold all our DVD’s and some games.