Recoloring Cabinet Help

Old 09-15-05, 08:54 AM
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Unhappy Recoloring Cabinet Help

Hi, I'm a new homeowner and am in need of "assistance" . I want to recolor my cabinets and is getting to be a larger project than I expected. I have light colored cabinets and tried to stain them a mahogony color. I sanded the cabinets and try to reinstain them. Removed the doors first offcourse and am using the doors to test it out. Didn't work. The color was a dark brown and didn't like it aside from the fact that the stain wouldn't adhere to the wood and the color was uneven. Do I need to prime it and use paint instead of stain since the stain wouldn't adhere to the wood either? What did I do wrong? Please help.
Old 09-15-05, 09:00 AM
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Ouch! I feel your pain....

Generally, most cabinets, especially newer ones..... are finished at a factory with a pretty deep stain/sealer. It takes a lot of sanding to get down to raw wood, which is necessary for a new stain to work. The nooks and crannies of the finish make it even harder to accomplish. In addition, other than doors (and even doors in some cases), the finish is a thin laminate that cannot be sanded down enough to restain.

My advice (which is free and worth every penny) would be to move on.... prime/paint your cabinets. It sounds as if you're willing to do so - which is why I suggest it. Personally, I hate painted cabinets, as I love real wood..... but that's a personal preference/problem.

Hold off a bit though - you might get better advice from someone with more experience/expertise than me when it comes to refinish work. I do it... but tend to avoid it......
Old 09-15-05, 09:23 AM
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Recoloring Cabinet Help

Similar problem, but I am trying to lighten my 25 year old medium0dark oak cabinets. I also hate the recycled look of painted cabinets.

Another option is new door and drawer fronts. You apply veneer to the face fronts. Many companies have sites. Some drill and install the concealed hinges, but you temporarily remove them while finishing using the stain of your choice.

The added feature is being able to change the type of wood to get a different grain in addition to changing color.

Good system if you like finishing and are happy with the kitchen layout.

I am just setting my schedule and picking colors.

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Reface them

these guys have a do-it-yourself refacing kit ..................

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