For many working people, home ownership, no matter how seemingly unimpressive the home, is the brass ring that they worked towards for decades. Home ownership can be intensely rewarding, allowing people to live in a space furnished and purposed towards their exact specifications, anything from a water bed to a mirrored ceiling to just a pet’s food dish with a picture of dogs playing Dungeons and Dragons above it. Still, home ownership is not without its difficulties, ranging from basic maintenance to finding and paying professionals to mend the damage done in the wake of a large-scale disaster, be it an ordinary careless child or an unstoppable natural disaster.
Still, some home maintenance projects can be done on your own. Resetting a home’s heating and cooling system take only a little know-how, and all but the most physically disabled homeowners can easily manage to paint a room. In a similar vein to painting a room is the practice of cabinet refinishing, a process that can, with some careful effort, mend damage to wooden cabinets caused by anything from years of pets jumping on them while begging for food to minor fire damage. Cabinet refinishing can be done at home if a homeowner is willing to work at it.
“Refinishing” refers to the work of repairing or entirely reapplying a finishing to an object, traditionally a wooden object with a wood finish, but modern materials such as metal, plastic, glass and modern paints can also be refinished with the right know how. “With cabinets, this can be particularly challenging since most cabinets are not exactly mobile, and even the ones that are lean towards being large and cumbersome. With most wooden cabinets, this process calls for reapplying a coat of paint, wood finish top coat, varnish, faux finishes (which can make a wooden cabinet appear to be made of marble, cloth or stone rather than wood if one wants to get unusual) or lacquer, depending on exactly how they want the finished product to look.” says Christine Field of Ray of Light in Phoenix. You can find out more about their techniques at http://www.rayoflightcompanies.com/cabinet-refinishing/.
One unique development in the field of modern woodworking is the use of refinishing to make an object look distressed and older, like an antique that’s older than it is.
While these distressing finishes are uncommon, they are growing in popularity. If your cabinets are antiques, refinishing is not advised as refinishing them will usually lower their value as antique pieces and mend the damage that gives them their character.
Refinishing a cabinet is similar to refinishing anything else. You need a can of new finish, whatever you decide that finish will be, a solid work paint brush and in almost all cases, either a drop sheet or large number of newspapers to cover the floor and ceilings around the cabinet being refinished to prevent the inevitable leaks and spills of your finish from leaving ugly stains on the floor or ceiling where they will stand out. Depending on the size of the cabinet, this project could take an hour or two, or could consume your entire weekend.
One should always pay attention to the warning labels on a can of finish, particularly safety and health warnings. Smoking around most open cans of finish and freshly refinished cabinets is, of course, inadvisable. Keeping pets and small children away from the work area is also a pretty good idea. Once you’re done with refinishing the cabinet, you need to give it time to dry properly and touching it before the finish dries will only lead to bizarre blemishes in the finish that stand out. Still, with enough determination and patience, any cabinet in your home can be refinished to shine.