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Forum topic by PABill posted 03-31-2010 12:35 AM 750 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2010 12:35 AM

Hi – New here, my first post.

I have a question about finishing or veneering my kitchen cabinets. the cabinets are about 25 tears old and are made of solid Oak. I’ve decided to replace the doors with one’s I have begun to build. I got a great deal on several 2” thick slabs of 50 year old, just about clear, Red Oak. Most of the doors are complete already.

Here’s the problem. I removed the finish and stain from one of the existing doors and was surprised to find White Oak, not Red. I had hoped to just clear coat the doors and cabinits (after stripping) and leave it looking natural. Not a good match White Cabinets and Red doors.

Is there anything I can use to get the White Qak cabinets to match the Red Oak doors in color? If not, my second choice is to veneer over the cabinets with red oak. What type of veneer would work best in a kitchen environment? I’ve seen self-adhering, paper-backed or wood-backed veneers. I assume contact cement, similar to what is used for laminates is the way to go. Never done this before, but I’m very handy and ready to tackle it. Any advise is welcome.

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#1 posted 03-31-2010 03:12 AM

Is this a custom home or custom cabinets from 25 years ago? Red Oak was prevalent back then. Chances are it is red oak, the stripping makes it look different. Whether it is or it isn’t, the problem is matching the colors.

I think you have to play with the colors of stain if you want to go that way. Refinished or stripped wood, like you have in the cabinets, is going to behave a bit differntly than fresh, unfinished wood would. It would be difficult to say you could get them to match. Perhaps you should play up the difference rather than making things match. Stain the cabinets dark and let the doors have a lighter color or visa versa.

Personally, I never have liked putting a natural finish on Red Oak, too pink for me. Natural.White oak is a nice yellowish brown that gets better with age.

I would not endeavor to reface it.

I would say after stripping the cabinets, see what kind of color they will take and get one you like. Take the new doors and stain them something complimentary, you probably won’t get them to match, and let it go.

Or strip the old doors and do the same finish on all of it.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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