Start with ugly, orange, builder cabinets. If you can do this in the garage, I highly recommend it. It’s cold and rainy here, so I opted to do this in my hallway. It’s a really smelly job! I put down a big piece of cardboard. Don’t use newspaper. This stuff is really sticky and the newspaper is just a disaster waiting to happen.
Paint stripper onto the cabinets and let sit. It says to let it sit for 15-30 minutes, but I found that if I waited any longer than 15 minutes, the stuff was too dry and I had to reapply. I used a cheap disposable brush and bought a clean paint can to pour the stripper into.
Once it’s done sitting for 15 minutes, use a plastic scrapper to scrape it off. I did a second round of stripper, after that, to remove any stain still on the wood. That’s it. It’s really simple. The only annoying part is that I always forget that I haven’t done the back side of the doors.
We’ll talk sanding, staining, and varathane soon!
Happy stripping! (That just doesn’t sound right.)