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LOUSY CARPENTER 01-29-2009 08:56 PM

Kitchen cabinet doors
I have just sanded my cabinet doors in the kitchen that used to be painted white and I want to stain them, I plan to use the exsisting door handle hole on the cabinet doors. But each cabinet door has old holes from the old door handles, and was filled in with some kind of wood filler that does not stain well at all. How do I go about fixing this?

Willie T 01-29-2009 09:52 PM

Dig out the old junk a neatly as you can. A stainable filler can be made from sawdust from the same doors, and HIDE glue (only hide glue!). Hide glue is about the only glue that will take stains...... and sometimes the match still isn't all that good. Refill the holes with your homemade putty, and sand it smooth. Then try playing with stains. Sometimes several different hues of stain used with a tiny artist's brush can help you match grain patterns. You gotta get creative here.

frazierdavidson 02-01-2009 09:08 AM

If trying to match the stain isn't working, you can always buy cover plates to use behind the handles. most stores selling handles have these
plates, they come in several styles and finishes..

sawduststeve 02-01-2009 07:07 PM

I have had pretty good luck using "Plastic Wood" it can be bought in different colors and takes stain fairly good. I have been using the natural on oak and it does a good job. They also make some marker pens in different wood stains. So if you need to touch up the stain this might be an option. Steve

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