Help, our painter ruined our woodwork.

mjoceanApril 30, 2013

Hi,

We just installed a new kitchen with natural cherry cabinets. We wanted matching stain on the woodwork and our painter used a walnut stain.

Please suggest what can be done to fix this.

Thanks,
MJ

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millworkman

replace the woodwork, you will never get it off or out enough.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 1:27PM
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HandyMac

Yup, replace---but this time get samples of stains so you can pick the color match.

And do not be surprised if in several years the trim no longer matches---because the cherry will darken naturally.

That may be why the painter used the stain he did---to match the color the cabinets will be in 5 years.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 7:07PM
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sloyder

replace the woodwork with cherry trim, and baseboards

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 7:41PM
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mjocean

Handymac, mill workman & sloyd
Thank you for your responses. We are considering replacing the woodwork
MJ

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 9:38AM
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brickeyee

"replace the woodwork with cherry trim, and baseboards"

THAT will be VERY expensive.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 1:26PM
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millworkman

Poplar will actually stain very much to look like cherry.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 9:10AM
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brickeyee

"Poplar will actually stain very much to look like cherry."
Only in color.
Not in figure (grain).

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 9:34AM
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HandyMac

No stained wood---regardless of color match initially, will change to the same color as natural cherry as the cherry ages and darkens.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 1:07PM
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mjocean

brickeyee, millworkman & handymac,

Thanks for all your suggestions. I called the cabinet company who made our cabinets to decribe the problem and ask their opinion. They asked me to bring in one of the boards he stained to see if there is a "quick fix". If not, he suggested replacing all the woodwork and sanding and restaining the doors. He said he could stain the pine woodwork in their shop to match the cabinets pretty well.

What do you think about painting all the wood work and doors to exactly match the color of the walls which are beige?
MJ

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 1:50PM
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sloyder

Pine is the worse, no way will it even look like Cherry when stained. If you can't afford Cherry wood, Birch will stain and look close.

I am changing out the trim in my house from Fir to Maple, and the moulding guy tried to tell me poplar looks like Maple, and I told him not when you want the natural color unstained.

I would check Baird Bros, as they have lots of trim in various species.

Here is a link that might be useful: baird brothers

This post was edited by sloyd on Thu, May 2, 13 at 22:53

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 10:46PM
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mjocean

Hi sloyd,

Thanks, we are investigating all options. One problem with using cherry trim is the sliding doors and window will not be cherry and matching will be tricky.
MJ

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 7:39AM
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