Originally Posted by Rat Pack
Apologizes in not making the pic more accessible. Take alook at the cabinets....less wood than I thought.
The beds, the sides of sink cabinets and seperation panels are made out of birch ply and the birch veneer is very thin. Also, the cabinet doors and drawer fronts are birch bly.
The door side cabinets are made out of birch ply on the sides and the fronts face frames are solid birch. The face frames of the sink cabinet and the forward edges of the seperation panels are made out of solid birch as well.
You could use a good paint striper to remove the paint and hopefully it is latex based. If not, you'll have a great deal of scrubing and sanding to remove it. You'll have to be very careful with the birch ply because the veneer is very thin, everything was treated with a varnish yet it will not protect it from agressive sanding.
The upper cabinets are made out of 1/8 birch ply that has been bent and coated with Zolatone. Even when you strip the paint, you'll still have to get through the zolatone. I just did mine and it was a b*tch to get off and took a belt sander to do it.
I'm working on refacing my cabinets and I tend to be very handy. My plan is to reface the bend, upper cainets, four drawer base with new 1/8 birch ply and applied with west epoxy. I'll do the same for the upper cabinets. The face frames will be sanded and refinished. The one cabinet that was in crap shape was the sink cabinet, so I'll rebuild with new birch. My goal is to reface and build new so all the cabinets are the same color. I expect several months of evening work.
I've attached a pic of my interior and it looks great, but the bottoms of the cabinets were water stained. I think you need to consider why the PO painted the cabinets. My thought is because of water damage or stains. Having said that you might save yourself a GREAT deal of work by repainting.