How to Refinish Cabinets with Stain and Glaze


Do your kitchen cabinets look dirty and ugly? Are they filled with dust and oily stains? This article would let you consider staining and glazing your kitchen cabinets to give them a refreshed new, hygienic look.  To complete this process, you’ll have to take out a fair chunk of your time but keep in mind that this doesn’t require any expert abilities. The time is basically consumed in the overnight wait that must be done in order to complete the furnished look. Make sure you have all these items with you before you start refinishing kitchen cabinets.

  • Screwdriver
  • Newspapers
  • Medium-grade sandpaper
  • Small edging power sander
  • Painters tape
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood stain
  • Paper towels
  • Wood glaze
  • Polyurethane finish


  • First of all, detach all the doors from cabinets by unscrewing them from the hinges. Ask someone to hold the door so that it doesn’t fall. Empty all the cabinets and put the stuff you take out into separate boxes with names on it for your future ease. Also place all the knobs safely so that you don’t have any problems while reattaching the doors.
  • You’ll need a small bench or work table to stain and glaze all the cabinet doors separately. If such a workbench isn’t available, you may utilize the kitchen flooring by placing newspapers on it to keep the floor safe from stains. Now place all the cabinet doors on the created workspace.
  • Start the process by sanding all the cabinet doors one by one using medium grade sandpaper. To reach the farther points inside the cabinets, use a small sized edging power sander. Keep on sanding the doors and cabinets until their surfaces get perfectly smooth.
  • Turn on the vacuum cleaner and clean up all the wood dust leftovers. In case there isn’t a vacuum cleaner available, use a small broomstick or drop cloth to clean all doors and cabinets. Be sure all dust particles are cleaned properly before moving on.
  • Cover wall edges directly below or around the cabinets with painters tape to prevent them from being stained and glazed. Cover the cabinets in a light coat of stain. Allow around 5 to 6 minutes for the stain to set in. Remove excess stain by wipe cleaning the cabinets with paper towels. Stain the cabinet doors in the same way.
  • Let the stain coat to settle for at least a day and night. In this time frame the coating shall dry completely giving the perfect shine. After the wait, apply a coating of wood glaze on all stained cabinets and cabinet doors. Apply the wooden coat in the same way as the stain coat was applied. The time required by wood coat would be relatively lesser than the stain coat.
  • Wait for another 24 hours now to let the glaze coat dry and settle. Complete your work by putting polyurethane finishing to the cabinets and doors. Apply this finish in slow and gentle strokes along all cabinet lines. Finally, reattach the doors to the hinges by screwing them back in.

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