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Okay sooo we have been going back and forth on how to improve the look of our cabinets …. like should we paint, restore or stain? I honestly thought they were a lost cause. They were so faded and just worn looking as you can tell in the pictures. But they are real oak, and because they are real oak I for sure did not want to replace them. PPP team member Mary said this does not work on “fake” wood. So make sure to keep that in mind.
So I grabbed Scott's Liquid Gold at a hardware store thinking okay I can spend less than $13 and thought hey, it won't hurt to see what it does…..
Y'all…….. I could….. not…….believe….
1 – How EASY it was
2 – How much of a difference it made!! Check this out – They look amazing!!
If you notice the cabinets looked chipped but they aren't – its just wear and tear. All we did was clean them off with disinfecting cleaning wipes. Then sprayed Scott's Liquid Gold on an old rag and wiped them down. It only took one can to do my cabinets.
Voila ~ transformation!
You can snag it at Walmart for $7 or on Amazon for $12 each and get it delivered to your door!
They look almost newly restored cabinets for less than $10!!! And now they are smooth…. It is the craziest coolest thing ever!
Here's the Cabinets before:
Here's the After:
Have you used Scott's on any home projects before? I'd love to hear about whatever success you've had – and let me know what other cabinet miracles you might have used!
Here is PPP reader Susan's cabinets!
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Scott’s Liquid Gold is AMAZING! I accidentally dripped some nail polish remover down the front of my grandma’s brand new dresser while visiting as teen! It took the finish right off! I found Scott’s Liquid Gold in her cleaning supplies & rubbed it on it was like magic (thank goodness), like it never happened!
So glad to hear you love it Georgene! 🙂
Jerri Last Name says
They even sell a liquid that has a stain in it love it!
Madison ~ PPP Team says
Thanks for letting us know!
How does Liquid Gold differ from Old English?
Alice -PPP Team says
I’m not sure. I’ve only used the Liquid Gold and it was so easy to use!
Our home is 30 years old. We did a remodel of kitchen and family room, but kept the original wood trim, wood closet door, and wood pantry doors. I used liquid gold on all of them and only replaced the knobs/handles. When my parents came to visit from out-of-state, they loved everything and my dad commented about the new trim and doors. When I said that they were the same, he couldn’t believe it.
(As others have commented, you do have to redo it from time to time to keep the wood hydrated and looking nice)
Alice -PPP Team says
Can this be used o. Builder model cabinets? Don’t think they are made of real wood.
You may want to try it in an inconspicuous spot, like the interior of a cupboard.
Nan Gillespie says
I have used this for years. Really good stuff. Please be aware that you WILL have to refresh this often. I have found that some of it has to do with the humidity level in the home. If your air is dry or dry/hot, you will have to do it more often since that causes drying of the wood. Our home was built by a couple using it as a weekend retreat. It is very rustic and has lots of hand made/hand planed wood things including stairs, ceilings, cabinets and some walls. In addition to that, I have antiques which include many primitive pieces. I really need to invest in this stock because I seem to be using enough of it I’m probably paying salaries at this point. Lol!
We have oak cupboards with a dark stain – do you think this would still work on them?
Yes, it will work.
I used Old English for dark wood and then went back over everything with Liquid Gold. If the cabinets are severely dehydrated it will take several times to get them back to original hydrated stage.
Our Pastor was a skilled carpenter/furniture craftsman. He told us about Liquid Gold for maintenance purposes. It works!
I’m curious if it has a strong smell?
Karen G says
We bought and used some on our faded front door after seeing this when it was originally posted…made the front door look brand new – still looks great several months later!
Donna Hutchison says
My Mother used Liquid Gold on her kitchen cabinets back in the 70’s and also the wood paneling that was in every room! (Yikes!)
Are they at all greasy afterwards? Do they fingerprint easily?
The wood will soak in all of the oils and you may have to do this every week. But it will be worth it. My cabinets above to stove were like that. It took a couple months for them to get fully hydrated.
Phoebe - PPP Team says
Thank you for the tip! So happy that it worked well for you.
We’re putting our house on the market next weekend and our kitchen cabinets need a lift. So we will be picking up some of that stuff tomorrow!!! Thanks for sharing!
this brings back memories, my Mom used Liquid Gold when she would clean the paneling ( back in the 70’s)
I wonder if it would work on my oak table! It’s 30 years old and with 3 kiddos, it’s seen better days!
They make a dark wood and a light wood bottle. I would use the light one if it is a golden oak.
Wow! Thanks for sharing. I’m sold, ready to do that to my kitchen. My cabinets look just like yours DID. Can I ask how many cans it took to do your whole kitchen? *taking notes*
It only took 1 Rose and it still has a lot in it. A reader had said I will need to touch it up often just FYI…. Which is seriously took less than an hour so totally worth it!
Hope it works as well on yours!!
Do you think it would work for hardwood floors?
Hi Stacey! I probably wouldn’t try it on hard woods- I’m afraid it would be slick and might change your floors. I did a quick google search and found this – I would definitely do some research to make sure to keep your floors safe! https://zothexflooring.com/3-easy-and-affordable-ways-to-refinish-your-hardwood-floors/
Denise Casner says
I have used Scott’s Liquid Gold on some areas of my hardwood floors. Just stary with a light amount and rub it in as much as you can. I put a towel over the area for 24-48 hours until it is fully absorbed. Did not seem to make the floor too slick. (But we wear shoes, not just socks).
Bridgett - PPP Team says
Good to know! Thanks for the tips. 🙂
Scott’s Liquid Gold makes a Floor Repair care formula for hardwood floors. I found it on Amazon.
Scott’s liquid Gold it’s something I’ve been using for decades as my mom did before. It’s been around since the 60s and there was never not been a can of in our home. I can remember as a 10-year-old in the 70s polishing the furniture with it. It’s amazing watching the old things become new again 🙂
Madison ~ PPP Team says
That is such a cool story! Thank you for sharing with us.
Same song, second verse. It’s amazing stuff