can I use something to darken my kitchen cabinets?
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can I use something to darken my kitchen cabinets?


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My kitchen cabinets are real wood. Light Natural color. Is there a product I can use to darken them?


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    1. The best dark stain I’ve used so far is EF Stains in fact I’ve used it on almost everything. I did it on light oaks and I advice using some conditioner before you stain. If we know how to do it the right way the result is awesome!

    2. i_create_beauty says:

      To get the best results you need to stain your cabinets. If they already have a glaze, stain or seal on them you will need to strip this off first. Stripping and staining isn’t hard but it is time consuming.

    3. killinshel says:

      there is a "scratch oil cover" i think Murphy oil puts it out. It will darken if you use the darker of the bottles.

    4. eskie lover says:

      You can glaze them to get a darker shade or you can use a commercially prepared stain in a darker shade, but that takes a LOT more work. In either case you have to degloss the original finish. To glaze, you can use a deglosser, like Paseo, but to stain, you have to strip off the finish and sand down to the bare wood for the best results. Manufacturer’s do make glazes in different colors, but you can also make your own custom colors, too. Just blend 1/3 water, 1/3 acyrlic or latex paint (you can combine colors) and 1/3 Floetrol (an additive that gives you more open time to manipulate the paint found in the home improvement stores on the paint/stain aisle). Practice on another piece of similarly toned wood first before applying to your deglossed cabinets. I usually apply my glazes with soft, lint free cloths, like hubby’s old t-shirts. Remove all hardware, drawer pulls, cabinet doors and drawers from the cabinets. Number the cabinets and drawers with their hardware and pulls to get them back up in the exact place they came from. Apply the glaze in thin coats, building color intensity to the desired shade. Allow the glaze to fully cure between applications and then seal with 2-3 coats of a non-yellowing, UVB/UVA protecting polyurethane to protect and for ease of cleaning. For staining, apply with the brush that matches the formulation of stain you are using, unless it is a gel stain which also can be applied by rag. Again, build in layers to the desired intensity and then seal.

    5. JD says:

      if your cabinets are sealed with a polyurethane product you’ll need to remove that before staining with a darker color and then re-seal them with a few coats of poly to protect them.
      You can use a chemical stripper to remove the old stuff or borrow/rent/buy a sander to sand it off (very dusty but not smelly like chemicals). This is a time consuming project, but keeping the wood natural instead of painting it looks SO MUCH NICER!! Try to do as much of this work outside as you can to keep your mess to a minimum and have access to fresh air. If you choose to sand, wear a dust mask to keep from breathing in too much of the fine powdery dust.

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