When homeowners are looking for a way to revamp their old kitchen cabinets, re-staining is an option that always seems to come up. There are both good points and bad about this remodeling option that need to be considered before you decide whether re-staining is right for you. So take a little bit of time to read over both the good and the bad, so you can make an informed decision.
Pros of Re-staining Kitchen Cabinets
New Color and Look
One of the best things about re-staining kitchen cabinets is that it will give your kitchen cabinets a fresh new color. Re-staining allows you to change the color of your existing kitchen cabinets while still allowing the wood to show through. For those of you that hate the look of painted cabinets, this is a huge plus.
Less Expensive Than All New Cabinets
Re-staining will allow you to freshen up the look of your existing kitchen cabinets without breaking the bank. With the cost of re-staining your kitchen cabinets costing only a few hundred dollars when doing it yourself, it is an obvious money saver over replacing. Even if you decide to higher a professional to do it for you, the savings is still significant. So if money is an issue in your kitchen remodel, re-staining is a good choice.
Kitchen Can Still Be Used During Project
Completely replacing kitchen cabinets requires tearing out your old kitchen cabinets, which puts your kitchen out of commission for quite some time. With re-staining, you can still utilize your kitchen exactly as you would, just without the doors while they are being stained. This means you save the additional cost of meals out that you would have spent if you had decided to replace the cabinets.
Because you are reusing your same kitchen cabinets, re-staining is a much more eco-friendly option than replacing. You will not only save the trees it would take to make new cabinets, but also the electricity it inevitably takes to make the new cabinets and have them installed. If you want, you can also look for more environmentally friendly stain and varnish for your kitchen cabinets to be sure that you have been as kind to the earth as you can possibly be.
Cons of Re-staining Kitchen Cabinets
Messy and Time Consuming
Re-staining kitchen cabinets is a messy and time consuming job if you plan on doing it yourself. First, the old varnish has to come off using a varnish removing chemical. Then the cabinets must be completely sanded down to its bare state. After that, the stain and two coats of varnish must be applied. So if you have a problem with hard work and a mess to clean up, hiring a professional or forgoing re-staining is strongly suggested.
May Need to Hire a Professional
If you are not familiar with the process of re-staining or want your cabinets to look a very specific way, your probably should hire a professional. It is all to easy to cut corners when doing tedious work and cutting corners in the re-staining process is a big mistake. It can cause your cabinets to look a bit to much like a do-it-yourself job and that is never good. So if you know yourself to be impatient, pick up the phone and get a quote.
Does Not Change Cabinet Layout
If you hate the layout of your current kitchen cabinets, then it is probably best in the long-run to completely replace your kitchen cabinets. You must be able to easily work in your kitchen in order to enjoy it, and re-staining your cabinets will not help that. So save yourself time and money in the long run and start planing for a real remodel.
Finish Not Guaranteed to Come Out Right
Even when you do everything right or you hire a professional, there is no guarantee that the finish will come out exactly as your pictured it. Some wood grains simply won’t look good with certain color stains. So before you decide to re-stain your cabinets, have a backup plan in-case the finish does not turn out the way you hoped.
After reading through these pros and cons, you can probably see whether or not re-staining your kitchen cabinets is the best move for you. If it is, great! Start picking out stain and get to work. If it is not, don’t worry. There are are plenty of options out there, and you will find the best one for you. Good luck!