It’s as prized for its hardness and sturdiness as it’s for the gentle curlicues in its tight grain. Maple isn’t at all difficult to refinish since it can take well to sanding, and staining or painting. Stripping the old stain isn’t necessary if it’s in great condition and you just wish to darken or refresh it with the same color. To change the old colour or replace paint with stain, you should first remove the old finish. Remove all the closet doors from their frames and take away the hinges and knobs. Put on glasses and work gloves to defend your eyes and skin, and wear old garments because chemical stripper will mark or eat through cloth.
Leave many inches between them when you can match one or more cabinet door on the work surface at a time. Apply a thick coat of chemical stripper to your closet doors and frames with a natural bristle paint brush. Poke the paint or stain lightly with the flat edge of your putty knife to see if it’s softened. Scrape the softened paint or stain off of the closet doors and frames with the flat edge of the putty knife. Be cautious not to scratch the wood by applying an excessive amount of pressure or tilting the putty knife so the corners gouge the wood.
Wipe the cabinets and frames with a clean, dry store fabric to remove any residue in the chemical stripper. Maple is just a very tight grained wood, so its surface is just simple to work with, you do not have to scrub. Sand the cabinets and frames with 120 grit sand paper to smooth it out. Work just in the direction of the grain to bring out the delicate pattern that maple is just renowned for. Brush on the wood conditioner if you’re staining your maple cabinets. Maple is very tight grained and does not always absorb stain uniformly. A wood conditioner helps the maple absorb the stain more equally. Apply your first stain coat or paint with a staining sponge or brush.