How do you tone down the "orange" on knotty pine kitchen cupboards?

Kathy t
by Kathy t
do not want to paint the hand made cupboards but wondered what color stain might work to get the orange tone out of the wood. The wood has NO varnish, they were only stained onto natural wood. Thanks for any help.
  4 answers
  • Sally-Charles Evans Sally-Charles Evans on Sep 26, 2016
    How about a thin coat of a white wash type paint. Thinned down and maybe rubbed out like you do with stain. Then I would suggest some kind of poly to protect the finish. Practice on the back of a door.
  • Helen Helen on Sep 26, 2016
    You may want to get some kind of wood cleaning product. I'd research it on the web... Google it ... IF they have never had a sealant put on them then what you are seeing is years of daily life stuck to them. Wood does that. I have Blonde Birch and they yellowed over the years. At this point I'm not going to have them restored. I'm going to scrub them down and bleach them and then white wash or prime them. Then I'll paint them. 35 years living with them it's the only solution I am happy to do. My kitchen is very small and I'm going to do as I said. I can then use decor to make it better.
  • Annie Doherty Annie Doherty on Sep 26, 2016
    I concur with both ladies above, I would clean them thoroughly , rub them down and as Sally recommended you could use an Eggshell water based paint watered down to a milk like consistency, paint on and leave if you like the effect or rub off with a rag. It looks liked a limed effect rather than painted and looks very effective. I too would finish with a matt varnish to seal to keep them looking good. Or as above clean, rub down and use a different colour stain ie. A darjer shade, as "orange" pine does not get better with age. I hope you find the right solution for your kitchen, good luck.
  • Kathy t Kathy t on Sep 26, 2016
    Thanks for all the help. Will try a couple of them and in the end may paint.