The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in any house. And the kitchen cabinets are one of the most used items in the kitchen. It goes without saying that something that receives that much wear and tear will eventually wear out and end up looking shabby.

If your cabinets are showing some wear and tear, and you do not want to reface or replace them quite yet, then your best bet is to refinish them with a combination of coating and stain. It is easy, inexpensive, and looks great.

Here is the most straightforward way to refinish your kitchen cabinets.

1. Remove Your Doors and Shelves

It is possible to refinish your cabinets your cabinets without removing their doors, but it is a whole lot harder. It is much easier if you detach the doors and take out the shelves. Removing the knobs, handles, and hinges makes the process even easier and creates a better-looking finished product.

2. Clean, Clean, Clean

Your final product will look a whole lot better if you clean the areas you are refinishing first. Use a damp soft cloth with a solvent. Go over the surface of the doors, shelve fronts, and the outward facing moldings and trim of the cabinet two or three times each.

The next step is to use fine sandpaper – say, 220-grit – over all of the same surfaces. After sanding, use a clean rag to wipe up all of the dust.

3. Refinish

Select a high-quality refinishing material that is a combination of stain and polyurethane. These look the best and last the longest. Make sure to stir the can of finish thoroughly before beginning to apply. Do not shake the can as this can cause air bubbles that will show when the finish dries on your cabinets.

Dip your brush into the finish and begin by coating the details in each panel. Next move to the flat surfaces. It is important to use smooth strokes and not to overbrush. If you want a more intense color than the first coat of finish provides, you can apply a second one once it dries. Don’t apply too much more than two coats.

4. Time for Topcoat

After your finish dries, it is time to apply a topcoat. Use a high quality brush with fine bristles for this bit. You don’t want to use a cheap brush that will lose bristles as you apply the topcoat. Apply the topcoat the same way as the finish, with long, smooth strokes.

After the topcoat dries, you can reinstall the knobs, handles, and hinges and then put the doors and shelves back into your cabinets. Now, you’re done! That’s all there is to refinishing already installed cabinets.