Staining Birch Cabinets

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  • 4-6 hours
  • Beginner
  • 40-150
What You'll Need
120-grit, and 220-grit Sandpaper
Wood conditioner
Oil-based stain
Oil-based polyurethane

Staining birch cabinets can be a very fun job. It is one of the few ways you can give a new look to your bitch cabinets without having to remodel and build new ones. If the staining process is done correctly, you can achieve amazingly pleasing results that will make your cabinets look like new. Having the right information and expertise before doing this project is very important though. Follow the step-by-step guide below to learn about staining birch cabinets, correctly. The tools and materials required for the job are given below.

Sand the Wood

Sanding the wood is the most important part of the project before you start staining the birch cabinets. As birch wood cabinets have a fine grain, sanding should also be carefully done. Use 120-grit sandpaper for sanding the birch cabinets. It is imperative that your sanding motion is in the same direction as the grain of the birch otherwise you will end up scratching the surface of your birch cabinets. Do this very, very carefully. When you are done sanding with 120-grit sandpaper, do a second sanding job. For the second sanding, use 220-grit sandpaper. This type of sandpaper is finer and will help remove any scratches that you may have got while using the 120-grit one. This will give your birch cabinets a super smooth finish and will influence how your cabinets will look after you are done staining.

Apply Wood Conditioner

Now, use a brush and remove any dust that may have accumulated on the birch cabinets after the double sanding process. Do this vigorously with a soft brush. Do not worry about scratches now. A soft brush will not scratch your wood. When you have removed all dust, apply one coat of wood conditioner to the birch cabinets. This layer will act as a sealer. What the sealer does is that it helps the staining process go smooth. When you apply stain in the end, it will be applied even if you have applied conditioner before. Let the wood conditioner dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Apply Stain

When the wood conditioner is dry, start applying the stain. The trick is to go in circular motions. The circular motions help the stain go deep into the wood, further sealing it and giving an even coat. When you are done staining the birch cabinets in a circular motion, apply another layer of stain going in the direction of the grain. This will give your birch cabinets a totally even finish.

Apply the Finish

It is important to note that by applying stain, you have only added color to your birch cabinets. Protecting the birch cabinets can only be done by applying the finish at the end. The stain you used was probably oil-based. Use an oil-based polyurethane finish to coat the birch cabinets. Two layers of finish are usually enough to protect the wood from harm. After you are done applying the two coats, let the finish dry completely before you can use the birch cabinets regularly. Your job is done!