What is the Process of Refinishing or Building Custom Cabinets?

If you have planned on refinishing your aging cabinets or building custom ones almost the same steps are required. Creating custom cabinets takes more work up front to determine what style, wood type, etc. From there the process is stripping the wood and then finishing/refinishing.

Refinished Kitchen Cabinets

The first step of wood stripping is to remove any old materials on the wood that could interfere with refinishing them. Included would be the removal of existing paint, varnish, shellac, and other old finishes. This would prevent against:

  • burns
  • alterations to wood color
  • warping
  • veneer failure
  • loosened glue joints
  • raising of the grain

Custom Kitchen Cabinets Finished


After the wood has been stripped the next step is refinishing the wood with something that makes sense for what you are looking for.

Choosing the right finish is important for what you are looking for. If you have children that may be running around in the kitchen then surface coatings might be best due to their durability. If you want a specific color then pigmented finishes are the best option to match the color you are looking for.

If you are thinking of making custom cabinets or refinishing your current ones contact us, a local cabinet maker in Needham, MA.