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Forum topic by _martinburn posted 11-09-2018 02:17 PM 858 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2018 02:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood stain oak cabinet

Recently I moved to a new house and I think the bathroom cabinets there need some updating.

I love dark colors so I suppose using a dark stain would be a good option. I’ve been looking for a good product so I’ve read a lot of articles about that. And now I can say that most of them suggest General Finishes Stains as the best products. See yourself, for example, this article and that.

So what do you guys think about General Finishes Stains? Are they really that good? Or maybe somebody could suggest me other outstanding products on the market?

By the way, the cabinets are made of oak.

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#1 posted 11-09-2018 03:39 PM

I assume you know that in order for any stain to be effective the existing finish will need to be completely stripped and the wood re-sanded. It involves the use of strong chemicals and lots of elbow grease to say nothing of time and mess. I’m not sure what you mean by “updating”. Your photo shows some pretty attractive cabinets and it is hard to see any defects in the existing finish. If you simply want to change the color, maybe you could consider a darker glaze. Or, maybe consider putting on new doors of a style and color you prefer.
Having said that, I do like General Finishes stains; particularly the gel stains. I’ve had good results with others as well.

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#2 posted 11-09-2018 03:53 PM

General Finishes Colonial Maple Gel stain with GF Van Dyke Glaze over the top. Knotty Alder. Still looking god after several years.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 11-09-2018 05:31 PM

I agree with everything Bilyo said. And, Don’t forget that you can add drawer and cabinet pulls. That can dramatically alter the look.

-- Clin

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#4 posted 11-09-2018 07:44 PM

Another yes to what Bilyo said. A much better approach would be to build new doors and drawer fronts. I’d also reface the face frames using PSA veneer, and then color everything to match.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 11-10-2018 12:35 PM

Yes you can make a dramatic color change to existing cabinets without stripping them or replacing pieces. Below are before and after pics of part of my kitchen cabs. All kitchen and bathroom cabs are oak, looked the same before, and are the wine color now.


I used wb glazing, shellac with dye for toner coats, and wb poly with dye for topcoats. Brushed the face frames and side panels. sprayed the drawer fronts and doors. Doing well after 6yrs.

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