Kitchen Cabinets very grainy & dark.How to Stain & brighten
My 70's Kicthen cabinets are dark color with even darker looking wood grains. Even though I am not fond of the color ,I wood like to give them a new look without painting. A google search on how to stain wood cabinets had me more confused. Every article writes different steps and words like shellac, Polyurethane,stain,enamel,primer, sand, buff,wax appear everywhere.
Exactly what steps should I take. First I have to clean the grime and grease off.I am planning to use Greased Lightening for this chore.Should I use TSP?
The wood on the cabinets do not have any finish
It is slightly rough to touch , very grainy with color variations.
1. What should I do after I clean. Sand and then stain. ?
2. After I stain should I sand again.?
3. When should I apply polyurethane.?
4. How can I minimise the grains on the wood. Is there a special stain for this.
I would like my cabinets to look new and shiny.
Here is a link to a picture of my kitchen
Would appreciate any help