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Old 11-22-2017, 09:00 PM   #16
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Re: What type of wood is my cabinets?

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I am in the south. I am in Arkansas. Haha. Yeah my wife will win. I just told her I would try and find out what kind it was just in case i could change her mind. Haha. I came into it thinking it was gonna be awfully hard to match unless it's painted to.
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Re: What type of wood is my cabinets?

Do you find it somewhat strange very few professional painters have replied to this post? I assume they know better by now not to even attempt painting old kitchen cabinets. How do you get all the 40 years of grease, grime and possibly several coats of wax or furniture polish off so paint will adhere?

A sis of mine had to have kitchen cabinets painted in an up-scale house they purchased and she knew the up-scale painters to paint them. Disaster and they had to be re-painted with the prep work going into several extra innings.

I still have a lot of learning to do but I pretty well have this subject all knowed up.
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Re: What type of wood is my cabinets?

While I'm not crazy about covering up nice wood with paint, not all my customers have agreed. While paint won't be as low maintenance as poly, with proper prep, the right primer and enamel - a good job can be had. Most failed cabinet paint jobs are because someone skipped some prep and/or skimped on the coatings.
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Re: What type of wood is my cabinets?

Popular wood types

There are many different kinds of hardwoods and softwoods out there for you to choose from when renovating your home. Some of the most popular include:

Maple: This is a sturdy hardwood with a smooth, fine grain, uniform color and ranges from creamy white to light tan. It is not a good option for staining.
Red Oak: Oak is a versatile, durable hardwood that is great for stains and finishes, ranging from light pink to light brown, with the occasional greenish tones.
Cherry: Cherry is a hardwood that may go from reddish-brown to grey. It has plenty of rich patterns and variations, which make it quite visually appealing.
Walnut: This hardwood is sturdy and beautiful, with striking grain patterns and coloring that ranges from dark brown to deep, purplish black. It is receptive to stains, though because it is dark, the effects will be quite subtle.
Alder: Alder is considered a hardwood,however it is on the softer end of the scale, which makes it great for staining and finishing. It is also more susceptible to denting. Colors range from darker brown to pale red, with a straight, even-textured grain.
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Re: What type of wood is my cabinets?

Chances are that if you used Birch and stained it, nobody except a Cabinet Maker would know the difference. Maple and Birch can be difficult to differentiate.

Of course, paint will cover any differences quite handily.
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