Instructions To Varnish Your Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets come in various materials, and their construction usually will tell you about the quality and durability of the cabinet. Whether you purchased unfinished kitchen cabinets or you want to rejuvenate the finish on existing wood cabinets, applying varnish is a necessary step for a rich, washable finish. Here are the instructions to varnish your kitchen cabinets. Remove the cabinet doors, drawers and hardware with a screwdriver or screw gun. Put hinges, knobs and screws in a bucket so they don’t get misplaced. Set up a work area, such as boards laid across saw horses or 5-gallon buckets, for the doors and drawers. Choose a dust-free, warm place such as a garage or basement. Protect the floor and counter tops below the kitchen cabinet boxes with dust sheets or newspaper taped down to hold it in place. Sand unstained wood with a sanding sponge, working with the grain of the wood. Pay particular attention to edges and detailing to remove rough spots and small slivers of wood.
Vacuum or brush away the sanding dust, then wipe all surfaces down with a tack cloth to remove every last bit of dust. Apply a coat of acrylic varnish with a high-quality 2- or 3-inch brush. Allow it to dry for at least four hours, then sand it lightly with a sanding sponge or 220-grit sandpaper. Remove the dust with the tack cloth. Apply at least two more coats of varnish to the kitchen cabinets, always brushing with the grain of the wood instead of across it. Work in a strong light and run your hand over the surface to feel for rough spots. Allow the cabinet doors to dry for about 24 hours before hanging them.