If your kitchen cabinets or wood beams have lost their luster, you can restore the shine with patience, time and a little effort. Depending on the type of finish your woodwork has, restoring the shine may be as simple as a good, thorough cleaning. For a quick fix-up to your wood cabinets, an application of wax might do the trick. But to give your woodwork long-term shine plus durability, you can apply a water-based finish -- a tedious prospect but worth the effort in the long run.
Prepare a mild soap-and-water solution in a bucket.
Wash the beams and cabinets with the soap solution, using a sponge.
Rinse the wood with clear water. Wash again if your cabinets or beams are extra dirty or greasy.
Dry the cabinets and beams with a soft cloth. Allow the wood to dry thoroughly overnight before applying a finish.
Apply wax to the cabinets or beams with a clean, dry cloth.
Wait 30 minutes for the wax to penetrate the wood.
Buff the cabinets and beams with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Water-Based Surface Finish
Sand the woodwork lightly with fine-grit sandpaper. Sanding evens out the wood and allows the product to bond better.
Wipe the surface with a dry, lint-free cloth to remove all dust particles.
Apply a thin coat of water-based finish with a paintbrush, brushing with the grain.
Allow the product to dry for two or more hours, or overnight before applying a second coat.
Sand the surface lightly. Wipe away dust with a dry cloth before applying additional coats. Apply three or four coats of finish, in all, for the best shine and wood protection.