Do you want to give your kitchen cabinets a new lease on life without spending an arm and a leg? Then make sure you check out the cabinet restoration tips in this article!

To fix up worn kitchen cabinet spots do the following:

  1. Sand down the spots
  2. Apply a wood filler to any dents, scratches, or cracks
  3. Touch up the patches with a matching stain
  4. Add a layer of protective wood sealer

Are you ready to check out these steps in more detail? Or do you have painted cabinets and would like some tips on how to restore them? Then take a look at the more extended kitchen cabinet guide and how-to video below!

Wooden kitchen cabinets
Restoring wooden cabinets isn’t as costly as you think and gives amazing results!

Steps to Restore Worn Sports

Worn spots on kitchen cupboards are frustrating. They are big enough to be an eyesore. But more often than not they are too small to warrant restoring the entire cupboard door. Worn spots on cupboards usually appear first in the following places:

  • Around the handles of the cabinet door
  • Around the hinges of the cabinet door
  • On “high traffic” surfaces that are brushed against frequently

What can you do to restore the worn spots on your kitchen cabinets?

1.   Sand Down the Spots

For this step you will need:

  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • A respirator mask
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • A tack cloth

You should complete all the tasks in this article while wearing protective gear. This includes safety glasses, a respirator mask, and gloves. It is recommended that you do this job in a well-ventilated area.

The first step to fixing your kitchen cupboards is for you to sand down the weathered spots. If you are working around door handles, you should remove the handles first so that you can get to the spots easier. You can sand down the weathered spots using medium-grit sandpaper.

Next, smooth the surface even more with fine-grit sandpaper. Do so until the spot is smooth to touch. Wipe away any dust that’s left behind with a tack cloth.

2.   Apply a Wood Filler to Any Dents, Scratches, or Cracks

For this step you will need:

Next, you should fill in any dents, scratches, or cracks in the spot with a wood filler. Apply it smoothly with a paintbrush. Allow the filler to dry completely before you move on to step 3.

3.   Touch up the Patches With a Matching Stain

For this step you will need:

  • A wood stain that matches your kitchen cabinets
  • A small paintbrush

Next, apply a wood stain to the spot that matches your kitchen cupboards. Let that dry and if necessary, add a second coat of the stain. Allow that to dry completely before moving on to step 4.

4.   Add a Layer of Protective Wood Sealer

For this step you will need:

  • A protective wood sealer
  • A small paintbrush
  • 0000 steel wool or a synthetic scrub pad
  • A tack cloth

Finally, apply a layer of protective wood sealer to the spot using a paintbrush. Then allow the wood sealer to dry.

Analyze the old spot with the rest of the cupboard. Does the new spot look overly shiny? If you feel like the new spot doesn’t match the rest of the cupboard, rub it lightly with 0000 steel wool. If necessary, rub the entire cupboard door with the steel wool or with a synthetic scrub pad. Then clean the surface with a tack cloth.

Steps to Restore Larger Worn Areas

What if you need to restore a larger area on your cabinets or even the entire door? Then don’t panic! Restoring a large area is no more complicated than it is to restore a spot on the cabinets. You’ll just need a little more elbow grease to finish the job! Take a look at the steps to restore larger worn areas below!

1.   Prepare the Cabinets for Sanding

For this step you will need:

  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • A respirator mask
  • A screwdriver
  • A damp cloth

You should complete all the tasks in this article while wearing protective gear. This includes safety glasses, a respirator mask, and gloves. It is recommended that you do this job in a well-ventilated area

Start by removing the handles on the cabinets using a screwdriver. Then wipe down the cabinets with a damp cloth. The damp cloth will reveal any imperfections and dents in the wood. This will help you to concentrate your efforts on those areas when you come to sand them. Wait for the cabinets to dry completely before moving on to step 2.

2.   Sand Down the Cabinets

For this step you will need:

  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • A tack cloth

Sand the cabinets down using medium-grit sandpaper. Make sure you smooth away the imperfections you saw when the cabinet was damp.

Next, smooth the surface even more with fine-grit sandpaper. Do so until the cabinets are smooth to touch. Wipe away any dust that’s left behind with a tack cloth.

3.   Apply a Wood Filler to Any Dents, Scratches, or Cracks

For this step you will need:

  • A wood filler
  • A small paintbrush

Next, you should fill in any dents, scratches, or cracks in the cabinet with a wood filler. Apply it smoothly with a paintbrush. Allow the filler to dry completely before you move on to step 4.

4.   Apply Wood Stain to the Cabinets

For this step you will need:

Next, apply a wood stain over the cabinets. Let that dry and if you desire, apply a second coat of stain to the wood. Allow that to dry completely before moving on to step 5.

Wood stain
Ensure that applying a darker second coat of wood stain will suit your kitchen

5.   Add a Layer of Protective Wood Sealer to the Cabinets

For this step you will need:

  • A protective wood sealer
  • A medium-sized paintbrush
  • 0000 steel wool
  • A tack cloth

Finally, apply a layer of protective wood sealer over all the surfaces of the cabinets. You can do this using a paintbrush. Then allow the wood sealer to dry.

After that, lightly rub 0000 steel wool over the surface of the cupboard. Clean the surface with a tack cloth.

Do you fancy watching a video that will show you a brief overview of some of the steps? Then take a look below!

Steps to Restore Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Has the paint on your kitchen cabinets started to peel or chip? Or has time caused the paint on your cabinets to begin to fade? Then why not revitalize them by following the steps mentioned below.

1.   Remove the Old Paint

For this step you will need:

  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • A respirator mask
  • A paint stripper
  • A sharp scraper

You should complete all the tasks in this article while wearing protective gear. This includes safety glasses, a respirator mask, and gloves. It is recommended that you do this job in a well-ventilated area

Start by using a paint stripper to remove the old paint from the cabinets. Remove any stubborn bits of paint with a sharp scraper. Do this until you have stripped the cupboard completely of paint.

2.   Apply a Wood Filler to Any Dents, Scratches, or Cracks

For this step you will need:

  • A wood filler
  • A small paintbrush

Next, you should fill in any dents, scratches, or cracks in the cabinet with a wood filler. Apply it smoothly with a paintbrush. Allow the filler to dry completely before you move on to step 3.

3.   Sand Down the Cabinets

For this step you will need:

  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • A tack cloth

Sand the cabinets down using medium-grit sandpaper. Then smooth the surface even more with fine-grit sandpaper. Do this until the cabinets are smooth to touch. Wipe away any dust that’s left behind with a tack cloth. This will prepare the cabinets for you to paint.

4.   Paint the Cabinets

For this step you will need:

  • Wood paint
  • Paintbrushes

Here comes the fun part! Next, paint the cabinets the color of your choice! Add a second coat of paint if you desire.

5.   Add a Layer of Protective Paint Sealer to the Cabinets

For this step you will need:

  • A protective paint sealer
  • A medium-sized paintbrush
  • 0000 steel wool
  • A tack cloth

Finally, apply a layer of protective paint sealer over all the surfaces of the cabinets. You can do this using a paintbrush. Then allow the sealer to dry completely.

After that, lightly rub 0000 steel wool over the surface of the cupboard. After that, clean the surface with a tack cloth.

Conclusion

Cabinet spots can make your kitchen look tired. But thankfully, you don’t need many tools to restore the cupboards to their original shine.

I’m sure this article has shown you the steps you need to fix up your worn kitchen cabinets.

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-Craig