color matching stains on oak cabinets

Old 01-13-08, 06:04 AM
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Cool color matching stains on oak cabinets

We are adding flooring and removing a shelf from our oak cabinets. They are 9 years old and have a natural finish. We have exposed some wood and it is unfinished.
Q- How can we treat this new wood to look like the rest? We were thinking a natural stain or a colored stain, like honey?
Old 01-14-08, 02:55 AM
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It takes specialty techniques to be able to achieve a match when dealing with woodwork where you are trying to match a small area with other areas that have been exposed to daily use and light exposure.
You'll probably have to be satisfied with "close" as far as a color blend since you won't be refinishing the entire cabinet.
Obviously it's impossible to say what color to use but you've got the right idea! You may have to play with some different colors to get a good blend. Frankly, it will be trial and error.
Using a colored varnish is about as good a method as any when doing this kind of blend.
One technique is to sand the area with a 150 grit sandpaper going with the grain. While this will widen the area you need to match, it will take away that line where the cabinet was and wasn't finished. This is much easier to blend. Apply the color of your choice. If the color needs to be darker, simply wipe the wet finish off and go to a darker color. One hint...I've found with color matching it always better to go to the slightly browner side and a hair darker than the existing finished area. When the color is applied, if it is slightly darker, simply wipe off (carefully) small amounts of the color until it lightens enough to blend. Allow this area to dry thoroughly before finishing.
Good luck!

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