How To Refinish Entertainment Center Doors

Many people want to give their entertainment centers a new look but do not have a ton of money to spare. Luckily, you can effectively remodel your entertainment center without having to undergo a large, expensive remodel. One of the best ways to remodel your entertainment center is to refinish the doors. This article will explain how to handle this upgrade on your own.

Remove the Old Doors

First, you need to remove the doors from the cabinet box. Take off the screws that attach the door to the hinge, leaving the hinge still attached to the cabinet box. You'll want to set up a staining area, where you do not have to be worried about making a mess. It is a good idea to set up a large tarp in your backyard. When working with highly flammable stains, you should not do the work in your garage. The fumes can be dangerous, and there is an even bigger risk if you have a water heater or furnace in the room. Set your doors on small blocks of wood so they're not rubbing against the surface of the tarp.

Sanding the Doors

It is very important that you thoroughly sand the doors. You want to remove any rough spots that could effect the finish of the stain. Before you start to stain you need to polish off the sand job by going over the door with steel wool. This will make this surface paint-ready.

Staining the Doors

When it comes time to stain the doors, you do not necessarily need to use a traditional paintbrush. The most effective way to apply stain onto wood is with a lint free rag. Simply dip the rag into the stain and rub it onto the wood, spreading it all over. Then use a dry rag to wipe away any excess stain. This technique is preferable because you do not need to worry about leaving behind brush strokes.

When restaining your doors you'll often have to apply several coats. The more coats you apply, the darker the stain will become. Between each coat you should let the stain dry completely overnight. Then, you need to use steel wool on the door before applying the next coat.

When the final coat of paint dries, you will be able to reattach your doors. You will be surprised how different your entertainment center looks with your new stain job. It is a quick and easy remodel, that you can do on your own. To learn more, contact a business like Scott L Gerald Custom Cabinetry.