Poplar: Very lightweight and soft compared to other hardwoods, however, it is a strong and durable hardwood that resists warping. Custom-built by the designer and his dad, these mahogany kitchen cabinets feature full inset doors and drawers and brass bin pulls. These hardwoods share many of the characteristics of oak and should be stained in the same manner described above for oak. Then we removed all the doors and laid them out on cardboard in the garage so we could sand them, along with the frames and the drawers in the kitchen (our drawer fronts can’t be unscrewed, so they stayed in the kitchen propped up on the counters like the other ones we painted last week ).
I am trying to stain my own maple kitchen cabinets thinking my experience as a textile designer for 20 years and using dyes and water colors with air brushes would serve me well……..HARDLY!! If the wood is ratty and looking too tired, my tendency however would be to paint it out to match the walls. Waterborne wood grain fillers are the new kids on the block, but are rapidly gaining favor because of the easy soap and water clean-up and greatly shortened drying time it offers. Has a light, wood veneer top and the rest of the table has a darker, cherry finish but is all solid wood.
Here’s the great thing about oak cabinets – they are solid wood (not the interiors necessarily, but the doors at least). In the painted v. wood kitchen cabinet debate, some designers have labeled the all white kitchen trendy but I disagree. When it is, always use an oil-based stain, such as Minwax® Wood Finish or Minwax® Gel Stain, to ensure compatibility with the natural oils in these woods. It just looks off, and maybe even a bit yellow (I stained the lighter wood putty an espresso color).
My goal would be to deepen the color and shine for an upgraded look to nice quality medium brown wood grain cabinets from the late 70’s. The solvent in the finish will activate the damp stain, allowing your brush or cloth to pull the stain out of the pores of the wood. My home is a mix of wood darks and whites and it’s dark lighting wise in winter. Sunlight’s Effect on Wood & Wood Finishes: Wood and wood finishes tend to gradually mellow when exposed to light.
When sanding, always move in the direction of the wood grain, rather than against it. Frequent cleanings using the above tactics will not only save you a buck or two on cleaning services, but also ensure your family’s health throughout the year. Various shades of white and neutral colors are popular for full kitchens, while intense colors tend to be selected for accent pieces. It’s a long, smelly, messy and toxic process, though, and you won’t want to have food anywhere near those cabinets when you’re doing the frames.
I have remilled antique white oak floors with oil-based poly, and light stained cherry cabinets. This idea takes your cabinets from looking like builder basic cabinets – to custom made. Sand bare or stripped wood lightly with #150, #180 or #220-grit sandpaper to open the pores in preparation for staining. I have been wondering what to do about my bathroom cabinets and saw this pin at the absolute perfect moment!
Adding stain — which contains dyes and pigments blended with either mineral spirits or water — to bare or stripped wood can both change the colour and highlight the grain pattern of any interior wood. I am beginning to think I have eclectic taste and like so many types of kitchen. You can get lacquer cabinets in virtually any color of your choosing, but be aware that in order to maintain that glossy sheen, you must clean them properly.
If it were us, we would put new veneer on top (you can buy rolls of wood veneer at your home improvement store). I like oil-based stains because they penetrate the wood and are easy to control. Then lightly scrub the whole surface, cleaning and dulling it so the new finish will stick. In planning the renovation I was actually considering painting some of the interior wood (not the actual logs) white. If you following the step-by-step instructions, your wood grain should show through. Pay attention to how long you leave the stain on the wood before wiping off any unabsorbed liquid. Contemporary kitchen with black and stainless steel cabinets and light wood countertops.
I used painters tape for walls/counters/inside of cabinets and I used masking tape to tape my paper down onto the floor. Floor-to-ceiling cabinets with shirred fabric panels behind glass-front doors resemble an old-fashioned cupboard. Veneer slabs showcase wood grains in a magnificent manner; the grain patterns seem to tell a tale from the tree it originated, so of course nature lovers would enjoy this aesthetic. All solid wood cabinetry expands and contracts at the joints with temperature and humidity changes.
A menagerie of detail is stuffed into this cozy kitchen, including exposed wood beam ceiling, beige marble countertops, hardwood flooring, black wood island, and aged” painted light wood cabinetry, accented by bright green shutters. I have been working on the walls, floors and just about anything else I can do before staining because I was concerned that the doors would stain the way i wanted them to. I was right, they look really uneven some parts don’t even show grain. Array of recessed lighting in the raised ceiling of this kitchen highlight large two-tiered marble countertop island with natural wood cabinetry all around.
Unfortunately, because it is laminate, you cannot stain it. The only option is painting. If you can see flaking varnish with dark-stained wood underneath, you just need to restore the clear finish. I have a dog and I think I’d probably have to wipe down or repaint areas of the lower cabinets. The stain did not take well on wood milled with the grain, and on cross cuts the stain soaked into the wood giving a dark black color. I don’t see a problem with that, Linda, as long as you repeat some white elsewhere in your space, maybe in the background of some fabric or art. Any refinishing will require a varying degree of labor depending on the condition of the cabinets.
My cabinets are treated such that they will not take a regular stain without completely removing the finish. I think I will rethink this more seriously now, as you may be correct, white could soon become passe. Minwax® preparation products are the first step to ensure your wood surfaces show their most beautiful colors and smoothest finishes. I have Santa Cecilia granite and oil rubbed bronze fixtures in my kitchen but light cherry cabinets (YUCK!). Pine: Has a wide range of colors from very white to yellowish and reddish-brown shades.
So if your cabinets look something like this and well, it’s not time to replace or reface them yet, then you might want to consider refurbishing them with a combination coating and stain. You don’t need to sand down to bare wood; just scuff up the surface thoroughly with 100 to 150 grit sandpaper. It is a decision that is based on aesthetics, not price, as painted or stained wood can often cost the same. But one some wood and with some stains, the pre-conditioner doesn’t fix everything.
When Hubby fell in love with the natural wood veneer of our townhouse kitchen cabinets, I did what any good Wifey would do – set aside my dreams for a painted kitchen and put on my rubber gloves. Because of their heavy texture, they color porous and non-porous areas alike, and aren’t affected by the type of wood. You would have to consult a metal fabricator and cabinet door maker to have these custom cabinets made to your specifications.
A brick-vaulted ceiling, stone sink, and limestone countertop help integrate the alder kitchen into the rest of the home and its pigmented, hand-plastered walls. Although new, this Washington kitchen was designed with such patina and character it looks as if it had been around for at least a century. We did a large kitchen and four bathrooms with little over one kit, so I would recommend buying one. Providing accurate and helpful cleaning information is very important to us here at HowToCleanStuff.
Transforming builder grade honey oak cabinets into sultry, dark espresso cabinets is easy. Stain the wood first, then fill the holes with putty after the stain has dried. Around the perimeter of the kitchen, we kept the natural wood cabinets and the light countertop. There was nothing more frustrating for me than keeping my white kitchens LOOKING white and clean. In any case, first take the doors off the cabinets and remove handles and other hardware. The question of to paint or not to paint” your wood trim is rooted in many people’s long standing personal convictions. Wait a few hours before tackling more visible cabinets to make sure you are not ruining the finish or color.
This post is about ‘updating’ your oak cabinets – not about bringing them back to their former glory – or lack thereof. ROI Tip: If selecting Stained cabinets, ask for a couple of samples of the actual wood stained so you can understand the variety of color and grain in that species. Note: In 28 years, we have never used wax on our wood cabinets — only mild soap & water.
It will be easier to paint the cabinets if you first remove the doors and hardware (hinges and latches). As for the cabinets I referenced- you know the one’s that have that yellowish wood stain color and you can see the grain of the wood. If it isn’t painted and you want it to closely resemble the existing wood you will need to replace sections of veneer. The floors have more variation than the cabs because they are a mix of flat, rift, and qtr sawn, but overall are similar in tone now because my cabinets have darkened a bit since this photo was taken.
The black is offset with stainless steel throughout, including a stainless steel island countertop and stools. The Purple Painted Lady just completed painting 40 cabinet doors for a home in Penfield, New York. I have been wanting to get new cabinets for a while now, but haven’t known what style was best and which will be in style the longest. To limit damage to wood finishes, replace vinyl and plastic tablecloths or place mats with linen.