We have been busy helping my in-laws renovate their home. If you live in Houston, you know our city was devastated by Harvey. I can't even begin to describe what those days were like. I have never prayed so hard for the rain to stop.
We are currently wrapping up their kitchen which is going to be ten times better than what they had before. I am so excited to share the final look once it is completed.
Working on their kitchen inspired me to put together a how-to for those of you that might be rebuilding or renovating post Harvey. If you have existing cabinets that are in good shape and you don't have a big budget my suggestion would be to keep the cabinets and update them yourself! Most of your kitchen budget could be spent on cabinets alone, especially if you go with custom cabinets.
Here are a few tips and tricks I learned while staining kitchen cabinets.
- I preferred the cloths that we picked up at Home Depot to deposit the stain on the wood. I found it was easier to control the product and I could really work the stain in the wood.
- Make sure to take the time to sand the wood down to its bare form. This will allow the wood to soak up the stain and it will also help the cabinets dry faster. This is crucial! Sanding is a lot of work but its not worth trying to save time on this step. If you do not sand properly you will not be happy with the final outcome.
- Use wood putty from your local hardware store to make any minor repairs you might need to take care of. Wood putty is good to fill in holes, deep scratches, etc.
- Always stain in the direction of the wood grain so that you don't get any harsh lines.
- A little goes a long way. I did two light coats to achieve the desired dark stain color pictured below. I used Minimax Wood Finish in Ebony because I knew I wanted really dark cabinets.
- Once you do the first coat go over it and wipe off the access, this will ensure the wood dries faster.
- Reusing existing hardware can save you money. I took the existing hardware and spraypainted it a dark iron color so that it could blend in to the cabinets.
- Lastly, seal the cabinets with a polyurethane coat semi-gloss finish which gives it a very light sheen. This is going to seal in the stain and it will also protect the cabinets from wear and tear.
Staining kitchen cabinets is a lot of work but it is totally worth the money you will save and the satisfaction you will get when you see the finished look!