cabinet refinishing

Old 09-25-02, 12:26 PM
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cabinet refinishing

I am getting possession of a house in several weeks and I'm trying to decide how to handle the kitchen.

All the cabinets and cabinet doors are birch. The doors are just plain rectangles - no moldings or decorative touches. They have not been refinished since original - 1978. Right now they are kind of a medium orangy color. I have no idea what they were originally finished with, but I can tell you whatever it is there isn't really any gloss to it.

Does this sound like wood that can easily be brought back to barewood for restaining? I have tons of pine in my house that is stained robin's egg blue and I'd like do the cabinets in the same stain if possible. If not, I guess I will just paint them.

Any advice is appreciated,

Old 09-25-02, 03:19 PM
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There's a good possibility the cabinets were finished in orange shellac - not uncommon for that time period.

Orange shellac can be removed effectively with a 50:50 mix of lacquer thinner and denatured alcohol. Use 00 steel wool.

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