New Life to Aging Oak Kitchen Cabinets
January 27, 2010
Kitchen cabinets are a focal point of a kitchen that will age a home if worn or dated so rejuvenating wood cabinets will make a big impact with little cost. To refresh older oak cabinets, one product that we often recommend is BriWax.
To clean away dark, sticky build-up, nicks, scratches, and watermarks using Briwax first remove the cabinet doors and wipe them down with contact cement solvent to remove any grease and grime build up. Do this in a well ventilated space. Next, apply BRIWAX, in the appropriate color, using a white nylon scrubber pad or #0000 oil-free steel wool, to a small area, let dry, and buff with a clear lint-free cloth. Always go in the direction of the wood grain, repeat until entire surface is clean.
Hiring a Professional:
This is a project requires time and patients, so it would be well worth hiring a professional. We do have HouseSmart Certified companies in Greater Vancouver - the Kitchen Magician and Winnipeg - Magic Cabinet Restorations
that specialize in reviving the existing oak to the original condition. You will be very pleased with the finished job.
Other Easy Upgrades:
Also, consider other inexpensive upgrades to update the kitchen such as adding crown molding and replacing worn or dated hardware, kitchen faucets and light fixtures. This is also a good time to address your kitchen organization and install some sliding drawers, dividers or Lazy Susans. Finishing it off with new countertops and tile back splash will complete your newly renovated kitchen at a fraction of the cost of a complete renovation.
Replacing Cabinet Doors:
Another option is if you are happy with the overall condition of the cabinets and the layout of your kitchen, consider replacing the cabinet doors and door fronts. Updating your cabinet fronts is more economical than having the entire cabinet structure replaced and will really have an impact on your kitchen. Itís a less messy job than doing a complete overhaul and usually only takes a few days to complete. To begin, contact a cabinet re-facing service to give you an in home estimate and to find out what type of finishes are available.
The process involves removing the old doors and drawer fronts. The cabinet frames are re-surfaced with the new finish and new hardware is installed.
On our Referral Network we have Kitchen Solvers, that can do it for you. In just a few days at a fraction of the cost of a over all kitchen renovation. For more information on this option visit www.kitchensolvers.com.
For services listed above contact Shell Busey's HouseSmart Home Services at 604-542-2236 or outside Greater Vancouver at 1-888-266-8806.
Note: Briwax is usually available through many, IRLY, Windsor Plywood, Home Hardware stores and Rona stores. BriWax is available in colours to match most wood cabinets.
Before and After Photos courtesy of:
Kitchen Magician, Greater Vancouver:
Oak Cabinet Restoration.
Magic Cabinet Restorations, Winnipeg:
Oak Cabinet Restoration.
Kitchen Solvers, Vancouver:
Cabinet Refacing and Upgrading.