Particle boards are made of sawdust and other waste wood pieces. The saw dust and waste wood is blended with a special resin to form a suspension. This suspension along with glue is pressed to form long sheets using a machine.
The long sheets so formed, are called particle boards which are used for making cabinets and other furniture objects. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of this material.
The biggest disadvantage of is that it cannot handle exposure to moisture, thus not making it a very good choice for outdoor furniture or even for use in bathrooms and kitchens.
But, why do people still go in for this material when it has so many drawbacks? Because, most people use this only on a temporary basis. Those staying in rented homes, or even college students on a budget, prefer temporary furniture which is easy to install and remove. Cabinets made of particle wood are much cheaper compared to those made of solid wood.
Start by sanding the piece thoroughly using a 220-grit sandpaper. Remove the dust collected over the surface by using a rough cloth. Next thing to do is to start painting them, by first application of a coat of shellac (varnish) over the surface using a flat wide brush.
Even though these cabinets do not last long, they are convenient. They can be easily moved from one house to another, and if looked after well they can last as long as 3-4 years.