04:26AM | 08/14/05
Member Since: 08/13/05
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I am buying a historic house that has old barn wood cabinets. They were installed within the last 10 years, so they aren't the original cabinets. However I still want to preserve them, my wife wants new cabinets. She is giving me the chance to finish them, if she likes them they get to stay.

She doesn't like the old grey look, so I'm going to try to stain them. I'd like to get the grey color out, but I don't want to take the cabinets outside to use wood bleach or any other chemical. Is there anything I can use which would be safe indoors, that would taket he grey color out and prepare the cabinets for staining?

I have a picture of the cabinets if anyone is interested.

If I can get them looking good to her, I'm going to tear that carpet out, and install a nice light countertop and it should be looking good.


01:07PM | 08/14/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
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I lioke it, but it sounds pretty clear that your wife has already madee up her mind that she wants new cabs.

So after you invest a part of yourself nad a lot of time in these, and she rejects them, are you going to let it bother you or mess up the marriage? And will you two be able to live around each other compatably with you refinishing cabs in place while she cooks dinner, or will it occasion arguments and tensions? or make for scenes from the Big Chill movie?

The greyed look is from having been bleached naturally by sun and wind so you don't need a bleach. just start working in the oil

Excellence is its own reward!


04:00PM | 08/14/05
Member Since: 08/13/05
5 lifetime posts
I can't remember how rough the wood is, but would you suggest a light sanding. I'd also like to put a coat of varnish on them to seal them up and give them some sheen. Any suggestions on a particular brand or product to use?

I don't think the wife will like them, she's never seen it done before. She is convinced the cabinets will be grey and the staining won't work.


04:07PM | 08/14/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
91 lifetime posts
I do not think that a natural stained look is going to be achievable on this wood.

I would go for an aged whitewashed look & see if the boss approves.

To refinish in any manner is going to be a great deal of work, & must be balanced against the quality of the cabinet work that was done originally.

I'm inclined to agree with Inpiggy, in that the hassle may be never ending.

It may be best to cut your losses early, & spend the two grand on new cabinets.
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