Refinishing Cabinets - advice, how to and recommendations
We just purchased a home with an original kitchen from 1957. The style of the home is a mid century modern post and beam home. Some updates have been made to the kitchen -- tile counters were installed in the late 70s and new appliances were brought in in the 80s but it is mostly original.
We've decided to keep the kitchen cabinets. They are solid wood. But they need refinished. They are the original honey/danish color and there are some areas that are scratched and damaged. The drawers also need adjusted and some cabinets have moisture and sunlight damage. We are also replacing the double ovens next to the fridge, installing a range under the hood and want to add another cabinet door there for a pantry space.
Has anyone refinished cabinets with a darker stain? (I did a search but didn't see any similar posts). Is the refinishing done on site or do they take the cabinets out of the home? Any words of wisdom or advice? Our goal is to maintain the architectural and design integrity of the MCM style, yet update this kitchen so that it is functional for our family.
Here's the current kitchen:
I'm interested in the cabinets having a color/tone like this
Would it be possible to replicate a grain in the above inspiration photos with a skilled refinisher? Any thoughts, comments, suggestions are welcome.