Believe it or not, there are some folk out there who do not appreciate the beauty and the richness of red oak wood and there are some people out there who really don't appreciate oak wood at all. But I'm not one of them and over the years I have come to love and revere oak wood in general and particularly red oak wood. In this article I am going to give you a step by step guide to help you stain and varnish your red oak cabinets. I will be focusing on new cabinets but the same procedures are in order for existing red oak cabinets with the exception being that all existing coatings on your cabinets must be completely removed before you can re-stain them. Once again, I cannot stress this point enough; all previous coatings-stains, urethane, paints and primers must be totally removed from your cabinets before you can begin your re-staining and re-varnishing system.
When hanging oak kitchen cabinets, there are a few items that must be kept in mind. The first of these is that when removing the old ones, that care is taken not to damage the surface underneath. The wall surface should be flat with no ridges or bumps allowing the new cabinets to be mounted flush.
Oak kitchen cabinets are not only durable, but they also posses a beauty unlike others. This choice is perfect in capturing that unique natural touch to the decor with its beautifully changing patterns that offers a dramatic effect. Oak is well-known for being an attractive choice with its well-loved rough grains. Coming in a selection of natural colors, the assortment is made wider by the various rich tones that your cabinetry collection can be stained with. And the variety is made more versatile the different door and drawer front styles that oak kitchens showcase.
Cost Vs. Value : Oak is a common hardwood grown in North America and other regions and is popular for home improvements thus looking for such wood for your remodeling project is not very hard. Today, you can take advantage of the beauty and durability of Oak kitchen cabinets without the expense of custom cabinetry through opting for ready to assemble. And even if you choose to have your cabinet pieces custom-made, the investment will eventually payback as this addition will bring great resale value to your home.
Oak is a light wood, and this enables you to have control over the darkness of the stain. Another plus to using an unfinished oak kitchen cabinet is that they can be stained in such a way that they look similar to the more expensive mahogany or cherry wood. Before you make your final decision try a variety of stain samples on the types of wood you are considering buying. Find the perfect stain to accent your kitchen. Take pictures or sketches of what you are looking for when you go shopping. You will also need to consider the hardware that comes with the unfinished cabinet.
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