I want to whitewash my knotty pine cabinet doors using a translucent Cabot exterior stain that we have previously used on our log siding/ceiling on a screened porch, and I love the way it looks. What do we have to do to prep the doors? Do you think this stain is an appropriate stain for the cabinets?
Unless your pine cabinets are new or unfinished, Joe is right, any existing finish will need to be stripped prior to using any type of stain.
If they are unfinished, just sanding can be enough prep depending on the condition of the wood.
As far as exterior Cabbot being appropriate for cabinets...not really for a couple reasons. Exterior stains can off gas harmful chemicals, there just not made to be used inside. Also, they are generally not made to be top coated, so putting a finish clear coat over it could be problematic.
That said, it might work just fine but its not advisable.
A lot of paint stores can match stain colors just like they do paint. You could take a sample of the Cabbot and have it matched in an interior stain. Cabbot has a line of interior stains, so you might get lucky and get the same color pre mixed in interior.
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