step-by-step instructions on how to strip & stain kitchen cabinets. Give your cabinets a new look by stripping and refinishing them. You might spend hours and hours sanding cabinets to remove an old finish. Applying stain and finish before the cabinets are hung doesnt take special skills, just a little time and effort. For the oak cabinet shown here, we chose a red chestnut stain that darkens the wood and adds a warm red tone while bringing out oaks natural beauty and pronounced grain. The first step in restaining kitchen cabinets is to remove the doors from the cabinets and the cabinets from the wall. Before removing, be sure to label all cabinets and doors so that you will be able to re-install them in the correct locations and in the right order. The next step is to strip the old finish from your cabinets and doors. Staining kitchen cabinets is an easy, inexpensive method for turning a worn, outdated kitchen into something beautiful and warm and modern. With the right stain, a sander and a rag, your kitchen cabinets can be transformed in days. use a wood stain or another paint color to add a glaze or antique effect to your kitchen cabinets. While youre in the process of updating your kitchen cabinets, seize the opportunity to make the cabinets look updated and stylish by buying new hinges and knobs to complete the picture.