Refinishing cabinets: Take advice from old timer wood worker, or
the Home Depot????? We're Restaining 1980's oak cabinets to match the rest of the fir woodwork in our 1920 Bungalow. (yes, there really is a special place in hell for people who rip out original cabinetry and woodwork from old homes) I'm getting conflicting advice as how to get the right color.
The home Depot suggested Ployshades. I tried a test spot with Polyshades (2 colors) and got it to match...BUT...it took 3 coats of Olde maple and 2 coats of Walnut....5 coats! At this rate, I should be done by 2012. Here is what an Old-timer (88 yrs old)woodworker suggested:
Sand, stain(real stain, not polyshades),polyurethane, and stain again and then Poly. He said it will look better and will take less time because satin is easier to control than Sticky Polyshades and less dry time. Then he followed up with "Ya know, back in my day..." and repeated the same advice.
Who do I listen to?