How can I revert my white cabinets back to their natural color?


How to change white cabinets to natural color

  16 answers
  • Gk Gk on Mar 04, 2020

    Hello Eareka! If you want to change your white cabinets to a natural color you will have to strip off the finish down to bare wood using a paint stripping product and lots of hard work. Before you start a project like this you should probably know what wood your cabinets are made from. If you are talking about kitchen cabinets, some are made of solid wood and some are not. For example, I know my kitchen cabinets are solid oak and if I removed all the current finish to stain and poly my cabinets to look more natural I know they would look good.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 04, 2020

    Hello. Thats a tricky question.

    Brown paint could be an option —a true wood finish might be more challenging and problematic. Typically molding, grooves and different levels or planes cause challenges with producing attractive faux finishes.

    Alternatively White cabinets could be a lower grade of wood- paint grade wood and not be conducive to pleasing stain application if a stripping was done.

    Faux finishes may be worth a try- here is a link

  • William William on Mar 04, 2020

    Here are projects other Hometalkers did a faux wood grain. You can use these as a guide.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 04, 2020

    While it will not be an easy job, take the plunge and strip and restain. Use citristrip a safe non-toxic remover.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 04, 2020

    Start with a stripper, CitriStrip is a good one just don't leave it on too long and let it dry. Sand down to bare wood. Make sure you go with a fine grit so that you don't damage the integrity of the wood.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Mar 04, 2020

    Eareka: what a huge job!

    you may want to consider painting them a color

    (in the shade if wood) that you like.

  • Cindy Cindy on Mar 04, 2020

    Hi Eareka. Stripping and sanding your cabinets is a lot of very hard work, time and elbow grease. I recently discovered that there is a new paint on the market called "Beyond Paint". It eliminates the need of stripping, sanding, or sealing. But it comes at a very high price. Depending on how many cabinets you have, you may require a little or a lot. I found it on Wal Mart's web site for approx (deep breath) $100 a gallon. It's an alternative to achieve the same result. Good luck Eareka.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Mar 04, 2020

    Before you dive in and strip, make sure the cabinets are good wood with staining. Also sometimes with white cabinets the frames are if a lesser grade than the doors and won't match. It's really safer to just repaint in another color than to go to the trouble strip just to find the cabinets aren't as nice as you hoped. Good luck. Painted cabinets in fun colors could be very cool. I just did a kitchen for a client in Seafoam Green. Turned out beautiful.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 05, 2020

    Hello there,

    What a job you are giving yourself! Probably better to send them off to a strip shop where they can be dipped. Not cheap but it may be worth you while if they are something like Oak or other hardwood. Alternative might be to paint them in a flat coat or two of the colour wood you are hoping to find under the white paint and then either Dry brush on top with a darker gel varnish or use a graining tool available from DIY's to achieve the look of natural wood. Best wishes.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Mar 05, 2020

    Are they painted? If there isn't wood underneath, you can't make them wood.

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 05, 2020

    Hi Eareka, I think you would do best to pick a nice shade that looks like a wood color, and paint them, OR you could try to find a peel and stick that is a wood grain look, it may be easier than trying to strip and sand etc. I have attached a link to show the different peel and sticks

  • You've got some serious sanding in your future! That is a HUGE job. Maybe think about refacing them and getting new cabinet doors instead?

  • Maura White Maura White on Mar 07, 2020

    I agree with Jessica. When you paint - you can't go back unless you want to sand it all off!!!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 02, 2021

    Hi Eareka,

    Strip the paint off and then sand the whole thing down to bare wood and start again.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Jun 09, 2021

    Sand them and stain them again.