How To Fix Worn Spots On The Kitchen Cabinet

Wears and tears are one inevitable thing that happens to the kitchen cabinet. It’s something that can be controlled but never stopped. The longer your cabinet stays, the more susceptible they get, and the more quickly they get to wear and tear. To this cause, this question, “how to fix worn spots on the kitchen cabinet, becomes a necessity.

In this article, you will learn how to fix worn spots on kitchen cabinets of different types and make.

What are the Steps to Fix Worn Spots on the Kitchen Cabinet?

  1. Sand down the spots
  2. Apply wood filler to every form of dents, carks, or scratches.
  3. Use a matching stain to touch up patches
  4. Apply an additional layer of wood  sealer

It is recommended that you need to use safety glasses, gloves, and a respirator mask for every step here. Avoid carrying out the above steps in air-tight areas; ensure that the place is well-ventilated.

1.   Sand Down the Spots

Sanding down the worn-out spots on the kitchen cabinet is the first step to fixing it. If the wear is on the door handles, do remove the handles first so that you can access the spots easier. You can use medium-grit sandpaper to sand down the weathered areas.

For a smoother surface, use fine-grit sandpaper for sanding it down. When the surface is smooth, wipe away the dust remnant with a damp cloth.

For this step, you need:

  • Hand gloves
  • A safety mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • A damp cloth

2.   Apply Wood Filler to Every Form of Dents, Cracks, or Scratches.

Next, apply a good wood filler to every form of dents, cracks, and scratches.  Smoothly apply it with a paintbrush. After which, you allow it to dry completely before moving to the next step.

For this step, you need:

  • A wood filler
  • A small paintbrush

3.   Use a Matching Stain to Touch up Patches

The next step involves using a matching stain to touch and cover up the patches. After that, let it dry well and apply a second coat of the stain.  Allow it to dry again before moving to the next step.

For this step, you need:

  • A matching wood stain to your kitchen cabinets
  • A small paintbrush

4. Apply an Additional layer of Wood Sealer

Lastly, apply an additional layer of wood sealer to the spot using a paintbrush. Then allow it to dry out completely.

For this step, you need:

  • A synthetic scrub pad
  • A protective wood sealer
  • A small paintbrush
  • A damp cloth

Finally, analyze the new worked-up spots with the rest of the cupboard. Does the new spot look dull or overly shiny? If it doesn’t fit the rest of the cupboard perfectly, you can use 0000 steel wool to work on it. Afterwhich, you rub the entire cupboard door with a synthetic scrub pad. Then clean up the surface with a damp cloth.

Nature of worn-out spots

Worn-out spots occur at different parts of the cabinets. Some of the notable and most susceptible areas are:

  • Around cabinet door’s hinges
  • Around cabinet door’s handles
  • On external surfaces that are brushed worked on frequently.

These worn-out spots/areas come in different sizes; some are small, while some are big spots.

The above steps are the corrective steps against small, worn-out spots.

So we will be looking at how to fix larger worn-out areas.

Steps to Fix Larger Worn Out Spots/Areas

Fixing a larger worn area is much complicated than fixing a small spot. Although complex, it can be simplified if you put in much energy.

The following steps will guide you through.

1.   Prepare Cabinets for Sanding

You prepare the cabinet for sanding by using a screwdriver to loosen the handles of the cabinets. After which, you clean the cabinet up with a damp cloth. This damp cloth will help you discover the areas of imperfections on the wood. This helps to direct your concentration without wasting much time. Leave the wood to dry and move to the next step.

For this step, you need:

  • Hand gloves
  • A respirator mask
  • A screwdriver
  • Safety lens
  • A damp cloth

2.   Thoroughly Sand Down the Cabinets

Using medium grit sandpaper, carefully and thoroughly sand the cabinets, paying attention to the imperfect areas you noticed while cleaning it with the damp cloth. 

Furthermore, use fine-grit sandpaper to smoothen the surface more. Stop only when you notice that the cabinet is very smooth to touch. Then wipe out the dust particles with a dry cloth.

For this step, you need:

  • A Medium-grit sandpaper
  • A Fine-grit sandpaper
  • A dry cloth

3. Carefully fill all the Dents, Scratches, or Cracks with Wood Filler

After sanding down the cabinet, carefully fill all the dents, cracks, and scratches with wood filler using a paintbrush. Then allow the wood filler to dry completely before moving to the step.

For this step, you need:

  • A wood filler
  • A  paintbrush

4.   Apply Wood Stain Over Cabinets

Apply a wood stain on cabinets.  For it to be beautiful, it should be applied in two coats. After applying the first coat, let it dry completely before applying the second coat. Leave the second coat to dry completely before moving to the next step. The second coat should be darker, and it should suit the color of your kitchen cabinet.

In this step, you need:

  • A paintbrush
  • A wood stain

5.   Apply a Protective Wood Sealer to the Cabinets

The final step entails using a paintbrush to apply a protective wood sealer over the cabinet. After that, please leave it to dry complexly and lightly rub 0000 steel wool over the surface cabinet. When it is dry, wipe the surface with a dry piece of cloth.

For this step, you need:

  • A protective wood sealer
  • A paintbrush
  • 0000 steel wool
  • A dry piece of cloth

Steps to Fix Worn Out Spots in Painted Kitchen Cabinet

Is the paint on your kitchen cabinet looking fading? Has it started to peel off? Are the wears on it making it look ugly? You don’t have to worry, as the steps below will educate you on revitalizing it back.

1.   Clean Off the Old Paint

Firstly, you begin by using a paint stripper to clean off the old paint from the cabinets. You can use a sharp scraper on stubborn bits of paint. Don’t stop till the color is completely removed.

For this step, you need:

  • A paint stripper
  • A sharp scraper
  • Safety glasses
  • Hand gloves
  • A respirator mask

2.   Fill up the Dents, Scratches, or Cracks with a Wood Filler

After removing the paints, use a paintbrush to carefully fill the dents, scratches, or cracks on the cabinet with a wood filler. Allow it to dry before moving to the next step.

For this step, you need:

  • A wood filler
  • A   paintbrush

3.   Sand Down the Cabinets

Using medium-grit sandpaper, carefully sand down the cabinets and further smoothen the surface with a fine-grit sandpaper. When the surface is fully smoothened, wipe out the dust using a dry piece of cloth. And then it is set for repainting.

For this step, you need:

  • A medium-grit sandpaper
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • A dry piece of cloth.

4.   Paint the Cabinets

Paint the cabinets with the color of your choice. You can add a second coat of paint as so desire.

For this step, you need:

  • Wood paint
  • A paintbrush

5.   Apply a  Protective Paint Sealer over the Cabinets

Lastly, use a paintbrush and apply a protective paint sealer over the cabinet. After which, you allow it to dry completely.

After that, gently rub 0000 steel wool over the cabinet. When you are done, clean the surface with a dry cloth.

For this step, you need:

  • A protective paint sealer
  • A paintbrush
  • 0000 steel wool
  • A dry piece of cloth

FAQs on How to Fix Worn Spots on the Kitchen Cabinet

How many years do kitchen cabinets last?

On average term, kitchen cabinets last for up to 50 years. This may sound too good to be accurate, but kitchen cabinets are one of the longest-lasting furniture in the kitchen.

Can you paint inside of cabinets?

Painting or not painting inside of cabinet doesn’t really matter. The wood already has layers that protect it against oil vapors, so painting inside the cabinets does not really offer a protective function. It can only serve as a decoration. That makes the cabinet look colorful when they are opened.

How can I cover my kitchen cabinets without paint?

Contact paper is one significant way of covering kitchen cabinets if you don’t want to paint them. This contact paper comes in different rolls, colors, shades, and designs. Apart from protecting the kitchen cabinet, you can use contact paper for many things in the kitchen.

Conclusion

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