White wood stain cabinets, how to build a wood post duplicator - Review

Categories: Wood Work Table Plans | Author: admin 21.07.2014

I was wondering if anybody has heard of, seen, or used white stain (not paint) for their cabinets.
But you will have to take some pains so that it doesn't look like the pinkish white pickled oak so popular back in the 1980's. That's because the cabinets were made with red oak and then the white stain was put over the red oak - red + white = pink. Stain differs from paint mainly by the surface film formation of paint versus the soaked in effect of stain. I have seen some folks put a lot of effort into staining such cabinets and I think the end result is often pretty good if you know what you are doing.
To do that, you need to treat the wood with a wash coat of shellac (1-pound cut) or pre-stain wood conditioner to prevent the paint from absorbing into the wood.

Currently, the cabinets are in good shape but because they don't have handles, they have very dark hand marks that are probably tough to remove. To do it properly you need a penetrating stain which means you have to sand every last microscopic trace of finish off your cabinets for it to work. Staining is MUCH EASIER to get an acceptable result so long as you do sand down to a surface that is completely clean. We planned on having our cabinets painted in SW Dover White, but our builder asked us to consider a white stain rather than white paint. Behlen makes a white pickling stain if you go to page 6 of their catalog you can see a description of the stain.
The white stained pieces I've seen are very white except for where the grain shows through.

A power sanding that is misused will chew up the edges and grain and risk leaving burns that will not accept stain uniformly. I have decided on staining based on your recommendations since it seems easier than painting.

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