Remove hardware, such as hinges or handles, and lay the cabinet down on a flat surface.
Clean the surface of the cabinet with synthetic steel wool and mineral spirits to remove grime. Pay close attention to areas on the cabinets with darker wood, such as by the handles, where body oil accumulates.
Prepare the surface with fine-grit sandpaper, sanding along with the grain of the wood. Smooth away nicks or cracks. Wipe away any dust with a slightly damp towel.
Scrub the area with a refinisher solution to balance the color of the wood. Wipe away any darkened refinisher that puddles up with a towel. Make sure to work in a well-ventilated area and use skin and eye protection when working this type of chemical.
Fill-in imperfections with a wood putty if necessary and allow the putty to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Apply a then layer of clear topcoat --- not polyurethane -- to the cabinets with a rag.
Wait a few hours and reapply the topcoat and allow it to dry. Repeat several times until you are satisfied with the thickness of the clear-coat on the cabinets. Leave the cabinets glossy or lightly brush the surface with fine steel wool for a satin shine.
Things You Will Need
- Flat work surface
- Synthetic steel wool
- Mineral spirits
- Wood putty
- Clear topcoat
- Don't touch the topcoat while it is drying or you could leave fingerprints behind.