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.
Often times it's the smallest of things that really make a difference. Refacing your kitchen cabinets will add an entirely new dimension to the room while making the cabinets as a whole look like they've all been replaced.
Oak kitchen cabinets require very little maintenance. Because they are so durable, you won't have to repair them as often as you would other types of cabinets. They are also mold and mildew resistant, which is important especially near the sink and dishwasher where you are likely to encounter the most water and moisture can accumulate. Because oak is considered to be a hardwood, it will be able to withstand the heavy usage in a busy kitchen without becoming easily scratched or dented.
It is important to know the kind of oak cabinets you want for your kitchen in order to decide upon the right paint for the walls. Select a color that is not only pleasing to the eye but also helps in adding a lot of value. It is important to choose a color that will make your kitchen a warm and comfortable place. You can try using different shades of yellow or red or orange to give that cozy and inviting look. Some of the other colors that go well with oak kitchen cabinets are yellow based greens, terracotta reds and cork colored yellow. You can also add a variety of accent colors to your kitchen along with a variety of hardware and accessories that will go very well with your oak cabinetry.
The open grained hardwood is very strong and the color ranges from white to salmon pink. The natural texture is coarse with straight grained wood. Different oaks can have variations in grains, knots and color. Some oaks possess colorful streaks of gold, black and green mineral deposits and are beautiful to behold. Oak kitchen cabinets are finished in a long 11 stepped process. The flame shaped patterns of grains are wonderfully enhanced when the finishing coat is applied. Since cabinets set the tone of any kitchen, oak kitchen cabinet is a perfect choice.
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