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Stained wood cabinetry question

Posted by anon_girl (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 17, 11 at 20:48

I have hand made, pine, stained wood kitchen cabinets. They aren't exactly my style, but they are all hardwood, and someone spent time building them, so I don't feel right ripping them out. They are though, old and dirty. I'm not sure how to clean them. They are stained, but not sealed. They are shaker style and I noticed lots of grime in the corners, finger marks and a bit of fading in areas that are high use. Can I use TSP on them or will that ruin them? Also, can I paint over the stain? If I wanted to restain them but stain them black is there anything I need to do? Thanks so much for any help. I don't want to ruin the cabinets, as they are so well made.

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RE: Stained wood cabinetry question

There is some kind of finish or the wood would be grey or warped, or much worse looking. That precludes staining, unless you use a gel stain---which is more paint than stain. That means it is not a good stain nor a good paint.

Rather than using TSP---which no longer has phosphates(EPA), try a good liquid dish soap solution and a rag. Not wet, just damp.

Let dry 24 hours, prime with BIN(by Zinsser) and paint.

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