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Monday, February 28, 2011

Staining Process

While work has been happening in the kitchen, it's a slower work. 
 
Aaron is staining the unfinished oak cabinets we chose. Here are some pictures of what it looks like right now. All but the three smallest cabs are in some stage or another of cabinet finishing.  
 
You start with unfinished cabinets , then add the stain, let it sit for a while then wipe it off. Adding more until you get the desired color. Then you set them some where out of the way to dry and wait their turn with the poly.
You then precede to do this with as many cabinets, doors and drawers you can find an out of the way place with. As the stain on them dry, you start the poly process to seal in and protect the wood.
 

Sink base, stained, but not sealed, with doors on top, in one of the stages of sealing

There are three stages of sealing, first coat, wait for it to dry, sand, second coat, wait for that to dry, sand again and then third coat, and again...it needs to dry. While you are waiting for the different stages to dry, you stack as needed.
When they are done, they are stunning, make me smile and please forgive me, but I seem to have a think for taking pictures at night (maybe it because the kids are in bed....) so these are a bit dark. The color is a bit lighter in person.
and since I am rather forgetful, and have had this for a while now, I though I would actually post a picture of the picture on the box! haha

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