Need advice in staining old kitchen cabinets

Old 10-26-06, 03:23 PM
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Need advice in staining old kitchen cabinets

I am planning to paint my dark wood cabinets white. (1970's)
In some of the forums I read that some type of wood when painted will hold up well and will look smooth without showing the grain and some dont inspite of very good prep work,because the grain cant be filled.

My cabinets are really dark and the color differs with light. SOme places it is light and some places it is dark. I recently stripped of the green ugly wallpaper in the kitchen thinking the room will look brighter. I painted the walls offwhite but still the cabinets are too dark for my taste. Also when i touch the surface I can feel the grains and the texture is slightly rough.

I thought before I paint it white maybe I should try to stain it to bring back the lustre.

How do I go about staining them and make them look atleast new. I have no idea what is on there now, like poulyurathane or whatever. I have no idea on stains or finishes.

Plaese advise
Thanks in advance

Here are the closeup photos of the wood.

picture of my kitchen
Old 10-26-06, 06:34 PM
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Cleaning, sanding [don't sand thru the finish] and applying a coat of poly will freshen the cabinets up. It won't get rid of all the nicks and scratches but they shouldn't be as noticable.

If you think you might want to paint them, it would be best to only poly a sample because the more fresh poly you apply the more work is involved to paint them. Basically to paint them you would sand them well and coat with a solvent base primer.
Latex or waterborne enamel will help to fill the grain better than an oil base enamel will. Normally it takes 1 coat primer and 2 coats enamel.

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