I stained my drawers/doors in the garage, so I moved all of that over there. I would say 1 minute per door and 30 seconds per drawer. The glove is meant to protect your hands from being stained an espresso color.You’re just wanting to break up some of the shine on cabinets, not completely strip them. You’ll leave your other hand free to wipe off any globs or stain that you might get in places you don’t want them. Then put the last/third coat and let it dry for 5 days and then seal it with 2 coats of satin poly or semi-gloss poly. Drying time is so important, do not rush this step or you will end up having to put on a billion coats of stain and it will not be good.Here is an example of a kitchen that was painted, but the hinges were left exposed.
At face value, hinges seem pretty straight forward, but they can be tricky, depending upon the kind of cabinets you have and the “overlay” that I mentioned above.
So I’m leaving this task to the pros (although I’m sure I will learn something in the process).
If you have greasy/grimy kitchen cabinets, I'd recommend a deglosser or TSP.
nce you’re done cleaning, make sure they’re dry and go ahead and remove all the drawers and doors. Well, generally men’s socks are white and tend to be LONG, so it’ll protect your entire forearm from gel stain.
But the homeowner was concerned about the hinges standing out against a light cabinet color.
A cabinet refresh is going to help tie the updates together, and when we got to talking about the hinges, I did some research, and found a great local woodworker to help change the hinges from exposed to concealed.Now, they did more than just paint the cabinets – they added a new backsplash, island, hardware, sink, appliances and lighting.HOWEVER, they did swap out their exposed cabinet hinges for hidden ones. -Masking tape AND painter’s tape (you could just use painter’s tape, I use masking tape because it’s cheap at Dollar Tree…so in other words, painter’s tape is expensive, so I only use it when I absolutely have to) This is probably the least fun step, but you must protect your floors, counters, walls, tiles, or any area that may get stain on it. The most important thing is that you must buy this specific stain-- everything else you can substitute as needed.Exposed hinges of that variety would really stand out against the clean white cabinets.