|Project by tallpaul||posted 02-25-2008 06:40 AM||10100 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
Hey brothers and sisters,
I’ve included a couple of pictures of some simple cabinets I’ve refaced in my laundry room. I used cherry veneer on the cabinet rails and stiles, and made some flat panel cabinet doors in a shaker style. I’m okay with the results, but I feel the finish could be better, due to some blotchiness. I haven’t worked with cherry before, and I’d like to perfect a great finish before I move on to other rooms in the house…ie the master bath.
So here’s what I did:
Sanded to 220.
Put a wash coat of boiled linseed oil on the cherry to bring out the color.
Wanted a deeper color, more like aged cherry, so I used Varathane gel stain in a natural cherry.
Sprayed four light coats of Minwax poly, with steel wool to rub it out.
I’m pleased with the color, rich but not artificial looking. But it has some blotchiness.
Should I try a pre-stain conditioned before a gel stain in the future?
What works well for you?