Repainting and Staining Old Kitchen Cabinets
So, you’ve decided that it is time to repaint an old cabinet. You want it to look good and you also don’t want to spend a lot of money doing so. You can start by removing the old paint from the surface using a solvent-based cleaning solution and then scraping off the old wax coating that was on the surface as well. It is always recommended that you leave behind the top layer of wax as it protects the wood underneath from weathering. Once you’ve done this, take your sandpaper and make sure you sand all the way down to the bottom grain. The reason for this is because if there is anything stuck between the sandpaper when sanding, it will just be caught in the sandpaper and not actually damage the wood grain.
Now you are ready to apply the stain. If you have determined that the cabinet will need a topcoat, then by all means, do so. The color of the stain you use will help to determine what kind of stain to buy for the cabinet. However, if you are planning on just staining the cabinet with one kind of stain, you will simply need to buy some water-based paints or acrylic paints.
As with any project, the more research and looking into a product, the better it will work for you. There are different kinds of stains available and some stain colors work better than others. For example, kitchen cabinets that have a lot of age to them will need a much darker shade of stain in order to prevent fading. You will also want to avoid darker stains near heat sources, such as the oven, as the darkening agents in these darkeners will transfer to your food and to your hands when you are working in the kitchen.
If you are looking for a lighter stain that will still give you the color but won’t be as strong as a darker color, then you will need to look at acrylics. These stains are much lighter and they are less likely to fade. They will also give you plenty of flexibility in terms of the color you need. Just make sure that you do not get one that is the same color as something else in your kitchen (i.e. your butcher block).
There are different kinds of stains available, too, and each type of stain will do something different to your cabinet. For instance, there are wood stains that are actually made from mixing wood particles together to create a rich brown stain. Then there are steel stains that are made from oxidized zinc. Both of these are ideal for kitchen cabinets that are very old or have seen a lot of wear and tear in their time.
In addition, you need to be careful about how much color you decide to put on the cabinet. A basic rule of thumb is that the lighter the stain, the less expensive it will be. But if you really want to go all out, then you can go with a rich cherry stain, or even chocolate brown. The important thing is that your kitchen will get back its original luster, and that you have saved some money in the process. If you need some assistance, ask a professional at Louisville Cabinet Restoration.