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How to varnish new oak bathroom cabinets

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Posted 2013-09-15T16:59:26+0000  by sherry4858 sherry4858

If there has never been a finish on them and they are bare wood - you will need to decide if you want to add some color to them with wood stain.  Once a coat of stain has been applied and is dry, apply one coat of polyurethane or varnish. After that first coat has dried, you will need to lightly sand the surface and wipe clean.  Finally, apply a final coat to finish.


American Woodmark 14-9/16x14-1/2 in. Cabinet Door Sample in Charlottesville Oak Honey

Posted 2013-09-15T18:05:25+0000  by Kevin_HD_ATL

Be aware that if you choose to not stain the oak, it will oxidize, darkening  and reddening  somewhat over time, until it has reached equilibrium, even under the varnish. Stains not only add immediate color, but they stabilize the color over time. Stain also will "set the grain" of the oak somewhat so that the first coat of varnish will take better  and not pucker the wood.


Fortunately, oak is a hard, dense, even grained wood that takes stains very well, even without a pre-stain conditioner.


In the case of a bathroom vanity, I would encourage a third coat of varnish, at least on the front doors. Water dripping over the edge of a vanity will damage a finish that has not been given a sufficient  protective coat. Vanity fronts and kitchen sink  cabinet fronts  are always the first to deteriorate due to the water which splashes down on them.

Posted 2013-09-15T21:29:56+0000  by ordjen
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