The first step in restaining kitchen cabinets is to remove the doors from the cabinets and the cabinets from the wall. Before removing, we label all cabinets and doors so that we are able to re-install them in the correct locations and in the right order.
Next up, unscrew all hardware, including hinges, knobs and pulls, and keep them together in a bag or container.
The next step is to strip the old finish from your cabinets and doors.
Next, scrape the old surface with a scraper, in the direction of the grain. Scrub any stubborn spots with steel wool. Wipe down the stripped surface with a rag dipped in mineral spirits to remove any stripper residue, and wipe everything clean with a tack rag.
When the doors and cabinets are fully dry, spray on the new finish then apply a second coat after six hours of drying. Next, spray at least two coats of protective polyurethane varnish to the cabinets. Apply one coat, let it dry for 24 hours, then apply another coat. Allow all surfaces to dry for 24 hours, then re-install the hardware.