Selecting a new stain for your kitchen cabinet whenever you are purchasing a fresh one or getting an old one refurbished will give it a distinctive appearance.
You can easily stain the cabinets in your home if you prefer to make light repairs to your home furniture.
The main steps for carrying out the cabinet staining job with smoothness are…
Procuring the materials
If you have decided on giving the incomplete new cabinets a stain, then possibly they will not require any sanding. But if you are trying to renovate your existing cabinets, you may have to sand them at first to remove the old stain they have.
Use two types of sand paper, preferably with 110 grit and 220 grit if you need to sand the cabinets. You may have to use a drill and a screwdriver to dismantle the cabinets. Get hold of some plastic bags to hold the hardware that you have removed and some rags, cleaning materials and notepaper also.
You will also require the polyurethane and the stain to complete the job. Using oil-based polyurethane and stain with a color that accentuates or enhances the appearance of the cabinet can give a long-lasting effect.
Staining the cabinets
The first step in cabinet staining is to remove all the hardware from the cabinet which includes the hinges also. Lay down the different portions of the cabinet on the tarp. Label each item with the help of the notepaper before putting the hardware in the plastic bags so that you know where to put them back later.
If required, use the heavier 110 grit sandpaper first to sand lightly each wooden portion after which use the 220 grit sandpaper to finish it off. You do not require much time to do this, but a thorough job can give a satisfying appearance.
In the next step apply the stain to the wooden surfaces with the help of the rags. Spread the stain out evenly and thinly over the surface along the grain of the wood and let it become dry. See whether you have achieved the correct darkness and apply more coats of the stain to reach the proper shade.
Putting back the cabinets
After the polyurethane coat on all the pieces of the cabinet has become dry, it is time to put them all back together. Ensure that the finished surfaces are thoroughly dry and do not feel sticky. The appearance of the cabinets can get spoiled by smudges or prints left by your fingers on a wet surface.
Put back all the hardware and the pieces of the cabinet together. Hold the wooden pieces by their edges to avoid the newly stained surfaces from getting dirty.
You have to keep in mind that it’s hard to clean your hands of wood stains during cabinet staining operation. If your hands do get stains on them, then use vegetable oil to rub the stained areas before cleaning them with soap and water.
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