Any way to brighten knotty pine kitchen cabinets without painting?

Kathy t
by Kathy t
I have hand made cabinets in my kitchen. I need some way to liven them up. I want to take panels out of 3 upper doors and replace with glass and lights.
  10 answers
  • Darla Darla on Apr 08, 2015
    Pictures would help. You could paint the cabinet part and leave the doors alone.
  • Lorna Lorna on Apr 08, 2015
    Darla, Shabby Paints Revax is just the thing. It is applied with a damp sponge and leaves the wood looking like new! And you don't have to sand to bare wood either. You can find your nearest retailer at Lorna :)
  • Deborah Deborah on Apr 08, 2015
    I recently used 50% vinegar and 50% oil on my wooden kitchen cabinets. It brought out the natural luster and made them beautiful once more. Note: I also suggest cleaning them first to get rid of dirt and grime in the wood that is also preventing a natural beauty coming through.
  • Judy Brantley Judy Brantley on Apr 09, 2015
    I agree with Deborah that is what my aunt always used.
  • Jeanine Jeanine on Apr 09, 2015
    Decals or contact paper...its cheap, wont destroy the wood and can change when tired
  • PLee PLee on Apr 09, 2015
    Sometimes a change in hardware can really update a look
  • Lori T Lori T on Apr 09, 2015
    How about applying paste wax for a really shiny luster?
  • You'll love the glass fronts - it totally lightens & brightens. Knotty pine is so nice.
  • Bridget Bridget on Apr 09, 2015
    I always used Murphy oil soap on mine before I sanded & painted them off- white. Later I replaced all the doors & drawer fronts & painted them the same color. That was over 20 years ago.
  • Martha Martha on Apr 12, 2015
    When I was growing up our living room had knotty pine paneling. My mother used a transparent white stain on it that left the woodgrain and knots showing. It looked pretty and lasted for years.