Staining cabinets has become a popular option. It’s a great way to transform the look and even the style of your kitchen without the expense of replacing them. Providing your cabinets are in good condition you can stain them.
However, it can be a lot of hassle removing the cabinet and relocating all the products while you stain them. That leads to the question of whether you can stain them in situ.
The short answer is yes. But, you do need to adopt the right approach. It’s worth considering getting the professionals in furniture restoration Sydney to do the job for you. This will ensure you have perfect results.
If you’re committed to doing it yourself, here’s what you need to know:
Remove The Existing Finish
There is no way around this. Unless your cabinets are raw wood, you’re going to need to remove the existing finish before you stain them. If you don’t the new stain will not adhere properly and will simply peel off.
The only way to remove the existing finish is to sand it off. However, if you’re planning on not removing the cabinets, you’re going to need either a palm sander or a detail tool. These are smaller, meaning it will take longer to sand the finish off. But, you will be able to do it without removing them from the walls.
However, sanding does create a lot of dust. It’s best to cover the floor and other surfaces with a sheet. This will collect most of the dust and minimize the effort involved in clearing up.
Alongside this, a facemask is a good idea.
Use A Small Brush
The key to applying the new stain to your cabinets is to use a very small brush, similar to something a painter would use. This allows you to slowly move across the surface and reduces the risk of runs in your paintwork.
A small brush will reduce the amount of stain that drips on other surfaces. However, you should still cover them with a protective cover to avoid issues. The smaller brush will also make it easier to stain the finer details of the cabinets.
In addition, small brushes encourage you to apply a thick coat on your first try. This reduces the likelihood of having to stain it a second time. Of course, in reality, you are probably going to need to stain it two or three times to get the best possible finish.
An artist paint brush allows you to go accurately around hinges, you can try this with the handles. But, in many cases, you’ll find it better to remove the handles first. This should only take a few moments and is still easier than removing the cabinet from the wall.
It will take longer to stain your cabinets when you do them in place. However, you will save time on removing and replacing them. If you’re prone to losing screws or struggle with aligning the doors, staining them in place is a viable and attractive alternative.
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