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Staining Oak Kitchen Cabinets- How to choose ?

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Can you stain kitchen cabinets?


Staining is a great way to get a fresh, new, real-wood look to your kitchen cabinets you just can’t get with paint. It’s easy and convenient and almost fool-proof as a DIY project. All it takes is a little elbow grease and you’ll have a whole new look for your kitchen.

How to Choose Cabinet Stain Colors

  • Blonde. Blonde stain tones are most often associated with oak or pine cabinets.
  • Brown. Dark brown cabinets are more current than blonde.
  • Black. Like dark brown stains, black stains are a good fit for a modern kitchen.
  • White.
  • Gray.
  • Cherry Red.
  • Colors.

How to Stain Wood Kitchen Cabinets


Start by sanding and conditioning the wood, then stain.
Before you stain the cabinets, it’s important to remove all the doors and drawers to make sanding and applying the stain easier.
Use 120 grit sandpaper to lightly sand the cabinets.
For the second sanding, use 220 grit sandpaper.

The only additional info you may need (than the banister post linked above) is that you must take each of your doors and drawer fronts off and remove all hinges, knobs, etc. Sand down any bumps or nicks in the wood. Then apply your stain with a sponge brush.

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