Refinish Cabinets
We want to refinish our cabinets, but not all of them are real wood. The doors are wood, but the frame seems to be plywood with a wood grain type sticker on it. I believe they are the basic stock cabinets that builders install in new homes. How can we change the color of our cabinets and still have the wood grain look?
Submitted by KStevens110

It sounds like to have builders grade cabinets with wood doors but a laminate or veneer on the boxes themselves.  You could try to strip the finish from the door and re-stain and finish them but I would be concerned that you would be happy with the outcome.  Painting the doors on the other hand, I have been able to do successfully many times.  You just need a good primer and finish paint.  The exposed panels can be covered with a thin veneer that is real wood or even better by thick plywood panels that can be stained or painted.
Any of these remedies are a good bit of work for not a great return in my opinion.

Community Answers (4)

i have a older mobile home i want to refinish the kitchen cabinets,but they have a plastic laminate cover glued to them i dont think they are real wood either,what can i do to them they are so dark
Submitted by abclock

Submitted by umara

I guess I should have said we want to stain them...
Submitted by KStevens110