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I need to restore some kitchen cabinets. Cleaning and refinishing method. Natural wood, no varnish or laqueur. Any experts care to express opinions. Thanks. Usually I can say been there done that but not this time.
 

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TSP (trisodium phosphate) is an excellent and cheap cleaner for redoing cabinets. We did that when painting the ugly plum colored cabinets in the house my old lady bought.

You say they are natural wood with no varnish or lacquer. I presume there's some sort of finish on them?
 

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I don't know about the finish. There doesn't seem to any coating on the cabinets. Just natural wood. I know about TSP. We use it even in our laundry cycle. TSP used to be in all detergent until the green weenies took over the government.
 

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If there's no finish on it, I'd still use the TSP, but I would let the wood dry for quite some time before applying anything else. Probably a week in OKC.
 

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My cabinets need refinishing really badly but I hate doing that sort of thing, plus I'm lazy.
 

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Years ago we redid our kitchen the lazy way: bought replacement doors at Home Depot and replaced everything. They even have veneers that match the doors so you can add it to the cabinet framework, sides, etc.
 

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Years ago we redid our kitchen the lazy way: bought replacement doors at Home Depot and replaced everything. They even have veneers that match the doors so you can add it to the cabinet framework, sides, etc.
These aren't my cabinets. Researching for a relative. Linseed oil used to be used for wood but not sure about using in a kitchen. Oh well I will keep looking. Thanks!
 

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I recently restored a liquor cabinet for a friend. He had been been over protecting the rosewood veneer by regularly wiping it down with linseed oil. He had been told that linseed oil was the best for protecting rosewood.That was erroneous as the rosewood was already protected by an acrylic finish. He had just messed up the surface with a sticky lint catching mess.

I used a cabinet scraper to remove the oil, leaving the factory finish. All it took after that was a rubdown with a polishing compound and then wax.

See youtube for how to use a scraper if you think it might work for you.
 
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