Staining Cabinet Doors: Is it Better to Do it Yourself?

Staining Cabinet Doors: Is it Better to Do it Yourself?

Staining wood is a great way to add a color of your choosing without covering up the natural grain that makes the wood so unique.  When you stain a piece of wood, the stain soaks into the surface, rather than sitting on top like a coat of paint.  The completed product can look amazing even if it is DIY.

For people who love to be hands-on, staining cabinet doors yourself might be the best option.  But there are many others who are happy to hang their own doors, but would prefer to leave the staining up to a professional. Which kind of person are you? Find out by exploring the pros and cons of both options.

Pros of Staining Cabinet Doors

On you can buy cabinet doors that come Unfinished and stain ready. Here’s some reasons you may want to stain them yourself:

  • Variety – There are hundreds of different stain options available. You can choose light or dark stains as well as a surprising number of bold colors. Since you are staining the doors yourself, the color you choose and how you apply it is entirely up to you.
  • Satisfaction – If you are someone who loves to enjoy the fruits of all your labors, then you’ll probably prefer to apply your own stain. Many people who enjoy woodworking relish the process of carefully applying stain and watching the finish transform. This process can be a lot of fun and make you feel proud of how good the finished product looks.
  • Cost – Unfinished and Stain ready cabinet doors can cost less than doors that are prefinished, depending on the wood type. So doing the work yourself can definitely save you some money. In addition to stain you’ll need a brush and/or white cotton rags, 220, and 400 grit sandpaper and a sealer. None of these supplies are too expensive or hard to find. Just make sure to shop around to get the biggest bang for your buck!

Cons of Staining Cabinet Doors

You can buy cabinet doors that come with your choice of stain already applied and cured, or you can pay a local professional to stain them. Here are some reasons why this may be the option for you.

  • Time – Staining cabinet doors is not a quick and simple process. There’s a lot of dry time between each step, and you’ll most likely be doing your project after work, or on weekends. Always do your research, and follow the instructions and recommended applications on the back of the can, if you need any tips or advice on a specific product then talk to a paint Pro at your local paint store.
  • Clear Coating- Making sure the clear coat is compatible with the stain product you use isn’t always easy. The clear coat needs to be oil based if you use an oil stain and water based if you use a water stain. There are also a variety of sheens to consider, and if you’re using gel stains you may not even need to clear coat. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, because if you don’t the clear coating process can be very confusing and could hurt the finish of the doors.
  • Difficulty – Applying stain isn’t rocket science, but it’s not an automatic process either. If you are new to DIY projects, this may be one you want to avoid as a first-time project. With the wrong materials or techniques, you can end up with an odd-looking finish on your new cabinet doors. Plus, staining is a messy process that can leave clothes and surfaces ruined if you’re not careful. For all these reasons, many people elect to have their doors professionally stained by the manufacturer, or a local painter.
  • Stress – Maybe you’re adding new cabinet doors as part of a bigger kitchen renovation effort. Or maybe you’re focused on updating another part of the house but want to add something new to the kitchen at the same time. Juggling multiple projects at once isn’t easy, especially if you’re handling some, most, or all of the work on your own.

Buying cabinet doors that are already stained is an easy way to avoid making a long list of projects even longer. And don’t worry, your DIY credentials are still completely intact – even if you don’t apply your own stain.

Which option is right for you? If you’re still trying to make up your mind, it might help to explore how the cabinet door installation process works. You will be hanging the doors whether they come pre-stained or not. If the installation already seems like a big undertaking, consider leaving the staining to professionals. Or, if it seems like a piece of cake, you probably won’t be overwhelmed by the staining process.

The very first step is to find replacement cabinet doors made from quality materials and custom cut to fit your current cabinets. Find exactly that by contacting

The Importance of Cleaning Your Cabinet Doors

The Importance of Cleaning Your Cabinet Doors

If you haven’t cleaned your cabinet doors in a while, you’re hardly alone. This is not the kind of chore people do regularly, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid cleaning cabinet doors entirely. This post will show you why it’s important and give you some tips for keeping your doors in top shape year around.

How Do Cabinet Doors Get Dirty?

Everything in your home gets dirty over time. That being said, your cabinet doors are probably a lot dirtier than you think. That’s especially true for cabinet doors since they don’t get cleaned very often, if at all. And when they do, they only get wiped down with a bit of water where there is a smudge. For all these reasons, the majority of your cabinet doors may have never been thoroughly cleaned before.

That is a problem because cabinet doors also pick up a lot more grime and germs than people expect. Think of the most common places for cabinets – the kitchen and the bathroom. In the kitchen you have grease and smoke to contend with and in the bathroom, there is soap scum. In both places, there’s a lot of steam and humidity. Combine that with the fact that cabinet doors are often low to the ground and it’s clear why they pick up so much filth.

Why Should I Keep Cabinet Doors Clean?

Many people don’t make cleaning cabinet doors a priority simply because they don’t realize the doors are even dirty. That begs the question – if you can’t spot the dirt why deal with cleaning? The answer is because it upgrades your home in ways you don’t even expect. Here are some examples:

  • Make Your Home More Sanitary – Your home is your headquarters. You don’t want it to make you sick. Even if your cabinet doors are not the dirtiest part of the home, they still need to be sanitized to ensure the whole family is not being exposed to accumulating germs.
  • Make a Space Look and Feel Fresh and Clean – Since you see your cabinet doors every day, you probably don’t notice just how much grime has built up on the surface. Cleaning it off makes the doors itself look new.
  • Make Your Cabinet Doors Last Longer – Dirt and grime wear down the finish on cabinet doors and eventually the wood underneath. If you wait too long between cleaning cabinet doors, the dirt may be difficult or even impossible to remove. As a result, you’re left with damaged and degraded doors. Replacing them is easier than you think, but you still want your current doors to last as long as possible.

Tips for Cleaning Cabinet Doors

Cleaning your cabinet doors is not rocket science. You still want to follow a specific method to ensure you get the cabinet doors as clean as possible without damaging the surface. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Use a Mild Cleanser – You want something tougher than water alone but nothing that’s so harsh it damages the cabinet doors. Use a spray bottle to mix up one part dish soap or vinegar to two parts water. Make sure the water is warm to help take up the grease.
  • Apply Lightly – Too much cleaner, even the right cleaner, is not good for your doors. Spray the cleaner directly onto a clean rag, not on the cabinet itself. Apply more cleaning spray as needed, just not so much that it’s dripping off the rag.
  • Wipe and Scrub – Cleaning cabinet doors should be done systematically. Start at the top and work your way down ensuring you reach every bit of surface on the door. If there are places that require scrubbing or are hard to clean with a rag (like the hinges) use an old toothbrush.
  • Final Rinse – Once all the cabinet doors have been tackled with cleaner, rub them down again with clean water. This helps to remove any lingering dirt as well as residue from the cleaner.
  • Final Dry – The last step is to wipe all the cabinet doors down with a clean, dry cloth, preferably microfiber. Leaving water on the doors can cause the finish to crack or bubble.

Replacement vs. Restoration

As you’re cleaning the doors, take note of what kind of condition they’re in both before and after you clean them. Over time, cabinet doors get scratched, stained, weathered, and worn out. And no matter how much elbow grease you apply, these imperfections can’t be cleaned out. At a certain point, you need to consider whether replacing your current doors makes more sense than trying to restore them.

The team at makes replacement easy. We custom-cut your new doors to fit your existing cabinets perfectly, and all our doors are made of premium woods in leading styles. Whenever you’re ready to learn more, please contact us.