Asked on Jul 18, 2012

is there a way to darken the stain of my maple cabinets

SusanWoodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.comMeridian Road


our kitchen cabinets are maple with a clear finish they look wishy washy and I would love to darken then but I don't really want to use paint if I can use stain! any help would be appreciated
3 answers
  • Meridian Road
    on Jul 19, 2012

    One thing I tried recently was taking off a clear finish with laquer thinner. I just brushed it on, waited, and wiped it off. Then I stained the wood underneath. I'm not sure if it's what a professional would recommend, but it worked for me. The only other thing I'd try is actual paint stripper and some sanding before re staining the cabinets. Good luck!

  • Su, this can be done, but you must properly clean and prep the cabinets prior to doing any kind of refinishing project. While Meridian used lacquer thinner, I would steer clear of using this very flammable chemical. The fumes can easily ignite causing a flash fire. Kitchen cabinets over time build up grease, this grease is what prevents any painting or staining from working properly. A good scrubbing then light sanding with fine sand paper or 3M pad should be enough to allow for the cabinet to take on another stain color. Be sure to try this on the inside of the door before you attempt to do any on the outside. It may take a few colors of stain to achieve the look your going for. Once done, a coating of sealer should do the trick. Just be sure to follow the directions carefully when using the sealer so you end up with a professional look once done.

  • Susan
    on Jul 19, 2012

    thank you, have been scared as the cabinets are only 5 yrs old, I am going to try this on a vanity first.

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