How can I darken my cabinets without refinishing them?

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  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jul 27, 2019

    Paint would be the only option. To add a dark stain will require you to get rid of the varnish/poly protecting the wood. A dark stain won't penetrate through that.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jul 27, 2019


  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Jul 27, 2019

    Walnut stain is great! Collect fallen black walnuts, place in mesh bags hanging on a nail. Place buckets under to collect the walnut stain as they age. Wear chemical proof gloves and rags to spread the stain on the wood. I have tables that I stained 40 years ago and they still look great.

    If you live near Davenport, Iowa. I can give you lots in a month!

    Buy the way, the Indians used to drain and waterproof their canoes with black walnut stain.

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir Jeremy Hoffpauir on Jul 29, 2019

    This product works as well:

  • I understand you can use gel stains but I can’t say how well it will hold up in a place like a kitchen that gets a lot of wear and tear.

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