If you can't afford to replace your existing wooden kitchen cabinets with new ones or you just fancy a change of look, you might want to consider staining them. This is a simple and inexpensive project that can be tackled in just a day. Read on to find out how to do it.
What you'll need
- washing-up liquid
- warm water
- clean cloths
- 220-grit fine sandpaper
- 120-grit coarse sandpaper
- 2 paintbrushes
- wood conditioner
- oil-based wood stain
- oil-based polyurethane
How to do it
- Your first job is to clean the cabinet fronts to get rid of any dust and grease. To do this, make up a mild solution of washing-up liquid and warm water and apply it the cabinets with a sponge. Rinse off any residual soap suds with clean water and then dry the cabinets using a cloth. Allow the cabinets to air-dry fully for a couple of hours before proceeding to the next step.
- Begin by lightly sanding the cabinets using the coarse 120-grit sandpaper to get rid of any existing varnish or paint. Make sure that you follow the natural grain of the wood so that you don't end up with too many scratches.
- Next, use the finer 220-grit sandpaper to get rid of any scratch marks and give the wood a really smooth finish.
- Use a damp cloth to wipe away any sanding dust, and then use a clean paintbrush to apply a coat of wood conditioner. The conditioner works to seal the wood and helps the stain to go on evenly. Allow the conditioner to dry.
- Your next job is to apply the wood stain. Use a clean cloth for this and work in a circular motion, rubbing the stain well into the wood. When the whole cabinet front is covered, go over it again following the line of the grain so that you end up with a nice, even finish. Allow the stain to dry completely.
- Now you need to complete the job by applying two coats of polyurethane finish. This is usually applied using a paintbrush, but follow the manufacturer's directions, as products can vary. The finish will protect the wood from knocks, water and greasy spills that could damage or stain it.
If your wooden kitchen cabinets are looking tired and old, there's no need to rip them out and replace them. You can save yourself money and hassle by simply staining them, following the guidelines above. For any further advice, contact a representative from a company like DM Cabinets.