Asked on Jan 03, 2018

How do I re-pickle oak kitchen cabinets? Is there an easy way?

by Lana
q how do i re pickle oak kitchen cabinets is there an easy way
  5 answers
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jan 03, 2018
    Hi Lana, it looks like you're going to have to do at least the cabinet doors. I suppose you could just do the 2 showing and see if you could get them to match, but it doesn't look like there is an "easy" way. As a matter of fact, several of the websites I found said not to attempt it if you're not experienced. However, I did find one website that said "how to update and refinish pickled cabinets", so that link is below. Wishing you the best.

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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jan 03, 2018
      Lana, that's a really good idea! Actually, when you do it, you might like to take some pictures and share it with the rest of us. There is no good tutorial that I could find online except the one I sent and quite honestly, I don't think it really answers the entire question but it was the closest I could find. To post a project, just take at least 4 pictures (You can show up to 15 so don't restrict yourself.) then when you write it up use about 200 words at least. That's not hard. You do it at the top right where it says Post Project. The system will walk you through it and even if you make a mistake, you can edit it. Please go for it!

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jan 03, 2018
    No real easy way to redo these cabinets, remove them, clean them, and restain.

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    • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jan 03, 2018
      You can buy the pickled stain already done (if you want the same) and can apply with a soft rag. I would put a couple of coats of poly on the top to preserve the look for longer this time.

  • Karen Freeman Karen Freeman on Jan 05, 2018
    I re-pickled my cabinets and window sills recently. It wasn’t the quickest projects, but the finished project looks great.

    I purchase the pickle stain at Kelley Moore Paint. Check with your local paint store. The stain is an oil based stain with white tinting.

    I first primed the cabinets and sills, by cleaning to remove any grease, dust or dirt. Sanded the surfaces with a fine grade sandpaper and then wiped to remove any dust from the sanding.

    The pickling stain will need to be stirred frequently, during the project, to keep it from separating. Wear gloves! Using a lint-free cloth, wad a piece of the cloth and dip it into the stain. Wipe the stain on the surface. Leave on the surface for the desired length of time to get the pickled look. The longer you leave the stain, the whiter the wood will appear. Wipe the stain off with a clean, dry lint-free rag.

    I practiced first on a similar piece of scrap wood to determine how long to leave the stain on the wood. You should be able to get close to your existing finished look. You can also repeat the staining process, if you need to.

    Allow all surfaces to completely dry for 24-36 hours before sealing with a clear polyurethane seal.

    Good luck!

  • Karen Karen on Jan 06, 2018
    This may be funny but "re-pickle"? Is that the same as re-do? I've not heard of that before. Can you just strip and repaint?