Kitchen Cabinet Finishing
Some Neat Ideas to
Refresh Your Kitchen
Your choices when it comes to kitchen cabinet finishing are
When you are starting with bare wood, just imagine the possibilities. You can
stain your wood from literally thousands of colors. You get to choose the kitchen
cabinet finishing techniques to get you the end results you want.
Forget the "Good 'ol Days"
Forget whatever you’ve heard that was good about the “old time” kitchen
cabinet finishing techniques. Don’t ever think of rubbing
linseed oil or tung oil on your wood (unless you are really a nostalgic and just
want to have a piece around for historic reasons).
“We’ve come a
long way baby”, and those finishes were what grandma and
great-grandpa had available, and were never very good to begin with.
Do it Easy: Pick Great Products and Reap Terrific Results
You want something easy and professional looking. Selecting an oil-based
wiping stain from a reputable stain company, then finishing it with a beautiful
polyurethane or lacquer are the modern way to go when you are doing your
kitchen cabinet finishing.
Don’t make this harder than it has to be. You will be
spending enough time staining and finishing using these great products, so why
add enormous time to your kitchen cabinet finishing project using
other products that don’t work as well?
Cabinets can also be painted, and when you are refinishing,
this may be a terrific option. White is the most popular when painting cabinets,
but again, your possibilities are endless.
Click here and link to our Repaint Kitchen Cabinets
a simple how-to for
painting your kitchen cabinets.
You can also check out our
Ideas for Painting Kitchen Cabinets page for
more, you guessed it . . . Ideas!!
A really easy way to “re-finish” your cabinets is to
simply change out your cabinet hardware. If your cabinets are in good condition,
you will be surprised at how adding new handles or knobs creates an entirely new
look for your kitchen cabinets.
The Woodworkers Depot site has some wonderful
Amerock and Belwith-Keeler handles at terrific prices.
The photo at right is from the Amerock Porter Collection,
part of Amerock's Fall Trends Collection.
Another easy fix for a kitchen that is in basically good shape
is to add a glass door. If you are handy, or know of someone who is, you can
usually take the center panel out of a current upper cabinet door, and replace
it with beautiful glass. Go to your local glass supplier and ask to look at -
Glue Chip Glass
Seeded Glass (bubble glass)
Narrow Reed Glass
Cross Reed Glass
The picture at right is of rain glass.
Are you Handy? Then Go All Out!!
If you are handy and have some time when you are considering kitchen cabinet
finishing (and re-finishing), you can
go all out by stripping
your old cabinets of their finish and stain.
Restain and refinish your cabinets
Try your hand at bleaching out the old stain (you can then leave as is, or
restain, too, which is a lot easier!)
Ebonize your cabinetry (make it black)
Try glazing (which is really just adding color on top
of color) - but you'll have to do a bit of research before you tackle this!
Just add a new finish
The choices are up to you. You can make kitchen cabinet
finishing easy or as difficult as your skills allow, but try
to have fun with it. As you know, your kitchen is the hub of your house, so
And remember - Have a Happy
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