How to Remove Paint & Stain From Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets are an essential piece of decor. Over time, water, grease and grime will muddy their appearance and your kitchen cabinets will need to be refinished. The first step in reviving your kitchen cabinets involves remove the old paint or stain. Doing this will require some time and effort, but you'll be rewarded with a clean slate that you can paint or stain once again.

Step 1

Remove all the hardware from the kitchen cabinets with the screwdriver. Remove the drawers and doors.

Step 2

Brush a thick coat of chemical stripper onto the kitchen cabinets. Allow the stripper to sit until the old paint or stain begins to peel.

Step 3

Remove the peeling paint and stain from the cabinets by scraping it with the putty knife, following the grain of the wood.

Step 4

Scrub stubborn areas of paint or stain with medium-grade steel wool to remove it.

Step 5

Sand the surface of the cabinets with the 220-grit sandpaper. Work carefully to ensure you remove any remaining bits of the old paint or stain.


  • Work in a well-ventilated area when using the paint stripper.

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