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post #1 of 8 Old 02-17-2010, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Help with el cheapo cabinetry please.

I'm trying to spruce up my kitchen a bit and have a problem with the cabinets. The lower ones (where water sometimes splashes on them) have areas where the finish has worn away. The cabinets are made of a soft fiberous material like particle board with a wood grain veneer. Is there some type of colored wax or something I can use to rub on to the damaged areas to hide/repair the damage? I want to keep this project is low budget and low labor. I don't think the cabinets will stand much sanding.
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Joe in order to help some pictures of the cabinets and the damage will probably help. I will do what I can but there are allot of others on here that will probably know more. Either way pictures would be very helpful.
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Pictures are a good idea.
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i may be wrong here, but in the pictures, the cabinets and door/drawer fronts appear to be red oak. have you tried sanding an inconspicous area to see what happens? the drawer and doors appear to be solid wood, and are candidates for refinishing - stripping and refinishing. the cabinet face frames may be solid as well, or veneered. in eiher case could also be refinished. if that sounds too hard, maybe a light sanding and a wipe on finish. others will chime hopefully.

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I would give Tim's suggestion a try. I would use a pigmented oil base stain and see if it blends in well.






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The grain might be 'photographed' onto the MDF or Particleboard substraight.
If that be the case, you can buy touch-up markers in various flavors and basically 'repaint' the missing areas.

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Tim, I think you are right about the red oak. The doors and drawer fronts have a very thin veneer and the frames are solid wood. I tried wiping some Cabots stain on a spot and it was a little blotchy. I'm worried about sanding too much because the veneer is so thin. Most of the cabinets look great so I don't want to refinish all of them if I don't need to. Do you have any brand/color suggestions for a wipe on finish?
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color? to me it looks like a dark walnut stain on oak. least effort technique? two choices 1. try to restain or darken the absent areas, you can do this with a touch-up color pen, brown magic marker, etc. 2. remove the top coat with a sanding (start light maybe 220 grit), then steel wool/mineral spirits, then stain, re-apply top coat. in both cases color experimentation is required. good luck, post back with your decision and results
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