One Room Challenge Week 2

We are off to the races with the One Room Challenge. It has been so fun to connect with other accounts that are participating as well. I am constantly amazed at the talent and creativity all over this community.


We are continuing to work on our master bathroom makeover and this week, I want to talk about refinishing cabinets. This is by far the biggest job of this whole makeover. The cabinets were stained with a very dark gel stain and I wanted them very close to a natural finish. I will not say this process is easy, but I will say it is totally worth it. 













Let's talk about the materials and steps.

For materials (You can access them all here):
 - orbital sander with 80 and 220 grit sand paper
 - Krud Kutter
 - Citri Strip furniture stripper
 - Scraping tool
 - Zinser Wood bleach kit
 - Driftwood stain
 - Whitewood stain
 - Polycrylic sealer


*Special note about each of these steps, I did each one twice. I repeated each step before moving to the next one. 

Step 1: Clean cabinet surfaces with Krud Kutter. This will help the sander move over the wood better in the next step.

Step 2: Sand with Orbital Sander using 80 grit sandpaper




Step 3 - Time to Strip the wood. I applied Citristrip with a roller brush and then covered it in plastic so the stripper could work into the wood before drying out.




 Step 4: After at least 30 minutes, you can scrape off the stripper. Scrape in the direction of the wood grain.



Step 5: Spray Krud Kutter or stripper remover to get all of the excess stripper off the wood before the next step.



Step 6: Bleaching the wood. This is a two step process. Apply A with a sponge, wait 5 minutes, then apply B with a separate sponge. Wait 24 hours and then repeat.

Step 7: Staining. To get the finish I was going for, I did a multi step staining process. First, apply prestain, then driftwood stain, finish with pickled oak/sunbleached layer and then polycrylic to seal them. Apply with a brush or an old t-shirt and wipe away excess.



The final product! It is perfectly aged and reclaimed looking wood now. Like I warned you...it was not an easy process, but the results make it all worth it! These cabinets are awaiting new brass hardware and then we can them new and improved!
 

Jennifer

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