Remove all the hardware from the kitchen cabinets with the screwdriver. Remove the drawers and doors.
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.
Remove the peeling paint and stain from the cabinets by scraping it with the putty knife, following the grain of the wood.
Scrub stubborn areas of paint or stain with medium-grade steel wool to remove it.
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.
Things You Will Need
- Chemical stripper
- 220-grit sandpaper
- Medium-grade steel wool
- Putty knife
- Use the same process to strip the paint or stain from the cabinet doors and drawer faces.
- Dip the steel wool in the chemical stripper to remove particularly difficult bits of stain and paint.
- Sand with the grain of the wood.