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Walnut stain for Cherry cabinets

Posted by hehateme (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 10, 11 at 21:27

I am thinking of finishing my basement. In my top 2 levels I have brazilian cherry floors, Cherry 3 panel door and Cherry cabinets.
Initially I thought that I will keep everything the same in my lower level. I got a quote that included the same wood and color.
Later on I decided that I wanted a darker color like walnut. Here is an example of the color I like for cabinets and doors.
I was told that Cherry does not stain well and most people like Cherry in its natural color.
The only option I was given was a mahogony stain on cherry. I don't think mahogony will be anywhere close to the walnut color shown above.
I was told that if I want that color I should choose birch or poplar for the doors and cabinets. I don't know much about these wood types.
How do poplar and birch compare to Cherry in durability and looks. I am not sure the builder is going to give me a lot of credit for downgrading from Cherry to ther other wood types so I am having a hard time making a decision. Will Poplar and Cherry be as durable and nice as Cherry? Will they look cheap?
Let me know if have any suggestions for me.

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RE: Walnut stain for Cherry cabinets

"Brazilian cherry" is Jatoba.

Cherry and Jatoba look nothing alike.

Have your contractor bring samples, stained and finished, of the actual materials he will use... or is proposing to use.

The type of wood used, Poplar, Birch, Cherry, or Jatoba, is irrelevant to whether the product will look "cheap"

Poplar is a little bit softer than Cherry, Birch is harder than Cherry, however the quality of the finish is more important than the relative hardness of the wood, for your application.

Check out some of his other work and you will know exactly what he is capable of producing, and whether it is going to meet your standards.

And I recommend getting at least another bid, even if you are totally sure about using the one contractor.

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