07:20AM | 05/04/04
Member Since: 05/03/04
4 lifetime posts
Our 1970's oak cabinets were originally stained, very, very dark. After a house fire the smoke made them look almost black. To make a long story short, the professional subcontractors painted them off-white but failed to prepare the wood in any way prior to painting. The paint has been peeling and flaking off for the past 3 years so I started scraping them and the paint is coming off in long sheets. After scraping should I strip and/or sand them and most importantly, is there a way to lighten the cabinets without painting them or am I stuck with this ultra dark finish?


06:03AM | 05/09/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Dark cabinets cannot be lightened without far more work than you will want to do.

Painting is usually the only practical way by which to lighten them.

Once you remove the paint, you might be able to simply use a liquid deglosser over the finished surface prior to priming with an oil or shellac based primer, then adding several coats of oil based enamel.


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