Refacing your cabinets is not that difficult if you use the right tools. The project is time consuming and messy, but this article explains how you can speed it up and control the mess. The great thing about refacing cabinets is that it will not only alter the color and style of the cabinet, it will also change the dynamic of the entire room. This a great skill to learn because it enables you to upgrade and update any cabinet system in your home without breaking the bank.
First: Remove the Drawers, Doors and Hardware
To sand and stain your cabinets, you will want to remove the doors and drawers from the main cabinet system. You can set them up somewhere with more space. If you can lay them flat, you can work on them more conveniently and in a more comfortable position. You will also want to remove all the hardware (that includes handles, pulls, hinges, stoppers, etc.) from the doors, drawers and the main cabinet. You basically want just the wooden parts left to work on. Trying to stain or sand around the hardware will ultimately slow you down.
Second: Sand Off the Stain
Next, you want to sand off your stain. You need to sand the stain until you have exposed the wood. This is nearly impossible with using a power sander. However, you won't be able to reach all of the nooks and crannies of your cabinets with a power sander. So, you will probably need some extra sandpaper to reach all of these tight spots. Sanding should be done with fine grit sandpaper on the first round. Then, you need to finish off the sanding by stepping up to an extra fine grit paper. This is essential because it makes the wood ultra smooth and prepares it for the staining.
Finally: Stain the Wood
Staining is pretty simple, even though it does take a while. You can rub the stain onto the wood with a rag or sponge brush. It is really a matter of personal preference. If you do use rags, make sure they are lint free. The most vital part of applying the stain is sanding down between each coat. This slows down the job because you need to wait for the coat of stain to dry fully before you can sand it. For this job you don't use actually sandpaper, instead you use steel wool. This makes the finish more glossy and smooths it out perfectly between each coat.
Finally, you will want to use the steel wool once the final paint coat dries. You can also talk with a local cabinetry specialist for custom cabinet refacing services.