Cabinet Staining: What You Need to Know

Cabinet Staining: What You Need to Know

Staining cabinets is a great way to change the look of your kitchen without spending too much money on a complete overhaul. However, before you start staining your cabinets, there are certain steps that need to be followed. Otherwise, your cabinets will not turn out right, and you’ll be left with a mess on your hands.

Let's Begin

Start by removing the cabinet doors and drawers from their bases. You also need to remove all of the hardware, including any hinges and drawer pulls. Of course, if helps if you empty out the cabinets and drawers first, as you don’t want to get stain on their contents.

Next you need to sand the surfaces that will be stained. This is important, as it helps the stain adhere better to the wood. If you are changing the entire look of the cabinets – for example, if you plan on staining ones that have been painted a dark color, or are switching from a dark stain to a light one, you will need to strip the paint and old stain off first. Applying stain over paint is never a good idea.

Now What?

Once you have the cabinets and their doors and drawer faces ready for stain, it’s time to start applying it. Use thin, even coats to ensure that it applies evenly. You also need to make sure that the room is well-ventilated, as the fumes from stain can become overpowering.

Let each coat of stain dry before applying the next one (if necessary). Once your cabinets have the wood finish that you prefer, they are done and are ready to be re-assembled. Of course, if this sounds like too much work, you can always call Pride Paint and Tile for an estimate. We’ll be happy to do the job for you!