How to Stain Pine Cabinets

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If you're looking to buy pine cabinets for your home, keep in mind that you can stand to save a lot of money on the cost of the cabinets themselves if you purchase unfinished versions. These are oftentimes significantly cheaper than the finished version of the exact same products. You'll then need to decide whether you want to leave the cabinets unfinished for a truly natural look, or if you'd rather finish them yourself by staining and, if you wish, glazing them. Read on for a brief step-by-step guide on how to stain your pine cabinets at home.

Remove the Cabinets

Begin by removing the cabinets from the wall fixtures. You can do this by using an electric drill to unscrew them from the wall or by using a screwdriver to unhinge them at the latches. Keep all screws, hinges, and other small connecting pieces in a separate and safe place so that you don't misplace them later on when you're trying to put the cabinets back up. Lay the cabinet covers out flat on a bed of newspapers or scrap paper in a well-ventilated area.

Take Stock of the Cabinet Quality and Repair and Damaged Areas

Look over the surface of the cabinets themselves for signs of any damage. This could include scratches, dents, cuts, holes, or any other sign of small nicks or scratches. It's important that you fix any of these damaged areas before you apply stain to the cabinets, as it will be very noticeable and difficult if you attempt to fix these areas after you've stained the wood. Use the putty knife and putty to repair any of these damaged areas, and then sand them down so that they are smooth and even with the wood.

Apply Stain

Brush on a coat of stain material to the surface of the cabinet. Make sure that you stain them as evenly as possible, as the greater the amount of stain material you use, the darker the wood will be. Apply one coat to the entire cabinet and then allow for time to dry. Clean up any excess stain with brushes or rags in the area. After the stain has dried, you can decide whether you'd like to make the cabinets darker. if you do, apply another level of stain and allow plenty of time to dry.

Once you're satisfied with the color of the stained cabinets, you can optionally treat them with a protective coating if you'd like. Otherwise, allow the stain to dry and reattach the cabinets to the wall. All of the materials necessary for this project are available at hardware stores.