To Paint Or Not To Paint?

I will be putting down quarter-sawn red-oak flooring in my kitchen, and thought be default, that white painted cabinets would be best. L-shaped island features more black paneling, while rest of kitchen is flush with dark natural wood tones. While the finish will be just as durable as if it were applied onto wood, laminate furniture by nature, is built more poorly and isn’t as heavy-duty as a solid wood piece. Here it is…my secret to covering up water stains, that red stain wood that was popular in the 1930’s &, 1940’s , Mahogany colored stains or preventing wood tannins from bleeding through my painted pieces of furniture or cabinets. Since wood is a product of nature, it can vary from tree to tree, even in the same wood species.

Cabinet Transformations Wood Refinishing System is not a stain and it will not change the color of your cabinets. Warm pink marble countertops in this kitchen pair with stained wood cabinetry in this cozy kitchen under ornate chandelier. In order to accurately predict the final colour of your project, always test any stain you select on an inconspicuous place on the wood first.

Bear in mind that painted finishes are considered a premium and come with an upcharge, typically 10 or 15 percent more than a traditional stained finish. If you’ve got real wood cabinets, go through the trouble of stripping, sanding very well, and staining and finishing. Whether you live in a country cottage or an uptown city loft, the look and feel of your room will be influenced by the natural characteristics of the wood that you will choose—and we’re here to help. Apply the stain to the scrap wood with a paintbrush and let it set for 2 to 3 minutes.

And yet, my OCD is compelling me to share a minor error with your definition of laminate surfacing which, in fact, always contains plastic and is actually not always printed to look like wood grain. The green-painted cabinets are from Neu Woodworks; the backsplash and countertop are jumbled marble from Ann Sacks. We tried to match the cabinets to the darker wood in the dining area floor – the cabinets are cinnamon spice stained birch. I want to complement our dark reddish (close to Miniwax Red Mahogaony Stain) maple kitchen cabinets.

Ultra luxurious kitchen features gilded black wood cabinetry over beige marble flooring. The cabinets stretch up to the ceiling to maximize storage space while preserving the kitchen’s old-world look. I am a wood coatings specialist, who works for a national paint and wood coatings company. In fact, black kitchen cabinets are popular… but not as popular as deep, rich dark wood kitchen cabinets. Buff-color perimeter cabinets feature Giallo Reale marble slabs from Walker Zanger. Your wood grain will show through but if you put more coats on it you could make it so the woodgrain does not show.

It is important to note that this is not a manufactures defect and even the most expensive cabinet on the market is not immune to the effects of temperature and humidity on wood. This stained style almost seems to be a mixture of back-to-nature combined with extreme modernism. This kitchen has no upper cabinets which makes it possible to elevate the stainless steel appliances. The cabinets definitely looked 98% better but one slightly water damaged area kept it from looking 100% better.

I thought I heard Danielle” on HGTV Color Splash say that you can use a gel stain on kitchen cabinets to change the wood finish without having to remove the finish – just use it to depen and update the color and richness of the shine. I tested four cabinet cleaners — two spray formulas, a plant-based product, and a traditional oil soap — to find out which product would clean my kitchen cabinets best.

The more a home’s relative humidity is allowed to exceed 55% the more its wood products will expand to the point of wood failure at extreme moisture levels. Unless this is what you are looking for, there are additional options to re-finishing wood to a darker color (see fogging below). Since we are getting ready to have our kitchen cabinets painted white, this has been interesting to read. We’re building a new home and I’m going with white cabinets and not doing the island a different color. Begin by thoroughly washing grease and wax off the cabinets with TSP and water.

I would be happy with any other color as long as it is a natural wood color like maple, oak, cherry, pine, etc. In a vintage home (ie Arts & Crafts bungalow) the stained woodwork is an integral part of its historic charm. I have GREAT NEWS (no we’re not pregnant… why does your mind automatically go there?) You can sand, prime and paint laminate as if it were a solid wood piece of furniture! This tendency is more noticeable in painted finishes than in stained finishes, but can be noticed in both.


If the wood under the loose cladding appears wet, the best bet is to have an experienced window installer remove the old cladding, let the wood dry out, and apply new cladding. Water-based wood stains produce fewer fumes, dry fast and clean-up easier than oil-based wood stains, but the color may fade quicker. If you’re prepping kitchen cabinets, you’ll like need to use a sponge and soapy water to get off years of grease and gunk.

To understand these beautiful variations and select one that you will love, read about our range of KraftMaid finishes and speak with your kitchen designer for additional information. With just a touch of color, the historical grain of the wood seems to be brought to the forefront, allowing the cabinets texture to take center stage. If the wood becomes too dark, use a rag moistened in mineral sprits to lighten the wood. It will surprise you how quickly the bear wood comes back!Once you see it you will know you can have any color stain you want. So before staining anything Sherry wood puttied the holes, let them dry, sanded, and repeated.

This is especially important if you want to distress your piece after being painted and would not want a white sealer being revealed. When it is, always use an oil-based stain, such as Minwax® Wood Finish or Minwax® Gel Stain , to insure compatibility with the natural oils in these woods. In fact, your cabinets may not look any different after you wipe them down—that is okay.

Cabinets with smooth fronts and lack of carvings or trim will be easier (and cheaper) to stain than those with intricate detailing. You may recall that I painted the cabinets in our laundry room about 9 months ago using regular latex paint that we had leftover from another project. If it is mostly just on the surface, it will be much easier to remove than a stain that has absorbed into the wood. Once the stain has dried, apply a clear finish to protect both the stain and the wood — and to make the final results look even more beautiful.

The job is messy and potentially unhealthy, but if you’re careful, it’s better than blowing thousands of dollars on new cabinets. However, often floors are sanded and refinished because th is is the easiest route to a perfect new finish or because the homeowners want to lighten the whole surface. Blinds, curtains and UV furniture polish help protect wood furniture from UV rays.

A chandelier hanging above the counter matches the blanched wood of the cabinets; French limestone countertops tie the peaceful palette together. Citri-strip if your oak is really glossy I recommend stripping off the top coat, but if I was doing a bathroom or kitchen project, I would NOT spend the time to do this. All was well when I painted the wood veneer, but things turned sour when I attempted to paint the side of the vanity.

Dura Supreme’s cabinet finishes are hand-applied and hand-wiped so that the natural beauty of the wood is fully enhanced. This wood is used for cabinetry, fine furniture, flooring, moldings, trimmings, paneling and doors. I really hate the color; but like everything else about it. It says that it is birch veneer and wood. The concept of pre-sealing prior to staining is something that is really intended for raw wood or wood that has had all the finish sanded off. Two tall ebony-stained pantries bookend Cloister-style cabinets from Plain & Fancy crafted from quarter-sewn red oak with a black glaze.

REVIEW OF PAINTING CABINETS WITH LATEX PAINT: Although I sanded before priming and used a good quality primer, there have been a few spots of paint-loss after an impact or banging furniture against it. Luckily, touch up has been a breeze and after those first few days of settling in, no other paint loss has occurred. And with sapele doors, you should probably avoid adding any color if possible since the natural wood is so beautiful.

I decided to try my hand at staining the cabinets (no idea what kind of wood they are) in my kitchen and after prepping and laying down two layers of General Finished Java Gel Stain I am getting milkly looking streaks. If more than 25% of the finish is damaged, your best bet is to chemically strip the door and start with bare wood. Cherry cabinets from Wood-Mode sport recessed-panel doors and a warm finish with hints of gold that complement the hood’s copper tones.

They could also refer likely refer you to some excellent wood craftsman/stainers. There are a few artists out there who can turn out reasonable marble or wood grain painting, but they’re few and far between. Remove the last of any unabsorbed stain with a dry cloth wiped only in the direction of the grain of the wood. The stain itself is not going to be suitable as a topcoat, especially for something like kitchen cabinets.

This is the picture of the cream cabinets white subway tiles and black counter. It may also help to soak the wood with a wet towel for awhile to loosen up the adhesive. One-step stain and finish – This is the quickest way to finish wood on kitchen cabinets if you’re not picky about achieving an exact color. If you desire to have white kitchen cabinetry in your home but have a low budget, consider thermofoil cabinets. When staining, first apply a pre-stain wood conditioner, then select stains lighter in color. Water left to puddle or stand can dull or mark the finish and if the exposure is extreme, can even warp wood.