Preserving cabinets

United States
February 27, 2017 11:54am CST
I found a set of counters and cabinets on a Facebook garage sale at what I believe is a good price since it included a sink and a working dishwasher. We can't afford better cabinets and counters, so I want to try to preserve what I have. Since the cabinets are not top quality, like the ones I have now that are falling apart, I wonder if there is a way to preserve them, like polyurethane since I believe the main reason mine fell apart is due to water damage.
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• China
28 Feb 17
If they are made of wood,here we tend to coat them with lacquer from lacquer tree,which lasts longer.
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• United States
28 Feb 17
It is particle board and easily damaged. My husband says there is nothing we can do because they are cheap, but I'm hoping there is a trick out there I can use so it doesn't fall apart so quickly.
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• China
1 Mar 17
@Carmelanirel2 I am a layman about it and don't know if the particle board is inferior to the laminate.
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• United States
1 Mar 17
@changjiangzhibin89 Same here, but I think the particle board is the cabinet part, the part with the shelves, and the laminate is the counter itself. My counters are fine, but scratched in a few places where my children didn't realize they had to use a cutting board.
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@jhechorain (1218)
• Susanville, California
1 Mar 17
Home renovation is an expensive project. It's a good idea to preserve and take care of what you have than to deal with the costs later on.
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• United States
2 Mar 17
I know, that is why I am hoping someone knows the best way and it would be even better if someone has done something to their own cabinets to preserve them and what they did.
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• Susanville, California
2 Mar 17
Have you looked it up online any where? There are probably some DIY sites out there but I don't know what they are either.
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• United States
2 Mar 17
@jhechorain Yes, but I mostly find on how to preserve the particle board before it is used, not after. Since the cabinets are supposedly a finished product, I don't know if the same treatment would work or not.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Feb 17
Hopefully someone will come on here and help. Otherwise what about asking for help in a hardware store?
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• United States
28 Feb 17
Good idea, if I ever make it to one. Right now we only have one car and there is something wrong with it, so my husband doesn't want me to drive it for any distance.
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• United States
1 Mar 17
@JudyEv I did, and it was hard, I couldn't remember the material and then found out it is particle board and when I searched, it showed how to preserve this material before it is made into something. Then I did find a site where they took a cabinet apart and sprayed it with kiltz, and that sounds reasonable to me, but my husband was all about how he can glue and repair it, to which I said, you can't repair water damage. I don't think he understands because he doesn't see the damage because he doesn't clean areas of the cabinet that I do.
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@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
27 Feb 17
I wish I knew. You're a handy lady to have around!
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• United States
27 Feb 17
Thanks @AmbiePam, but not really, that is why I'm asking for help.
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@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
1 Mar 17
@Carmelanirel2 But you always figure it out.
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• United States
1 Mar 17
@AmbiePam Sometimes. In this situation I have to get my husband's approval since it will be him installing it.
@Trensue (5256)
• United States
27 Feb 17
I would stay away from water damage. That is not easy to repair.
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• United States
27 Feb 17
@Trensue kind of hard to stay away from water since these are kitchen cabinets where food is prepped and is cleaned a few times daily. And, I am not repairing, my cabinets are already ruined and why I bought another set, but want to preserve the damage that happened to my first cabinets.