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Enjoy the Unique Beauty of Knotty Pine Kitchen Cabinets

by Shannon Dauphin

If you are going for a natural look in your kitchen design, knotty pine kitchen cabinets might be the perfect way to impart that rustic feeling.

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Knotty pine kitchen cabinets are made from a unique wood that mellows over time into a dark, yellow-orange color. A simple clear coat brings out the natural beauty in the wood and still allows it to change to the deep patina that is the hallmark of knotty pine.

Clear Coat on Your Knotty Pine Kitchen Cabinets

However, adding a stain or clear coat to knotty pine cabinets can be tricky. Some sections may appear uneven, and that can mean your careful job is botched before it has a chance to dry. Follow these tips for the perfect finish on your new kitchen cabinets:

  • Sand your cabinets. Use graduated grains of sandpaper to obtain a smooth, even surface.
  • Use a wood conditioner. To prep the surface for your clear coat or light stain, use a wood conditioner. Let the solution rest on the wood for as long as the label directs, then wipe it away with a damp rag.
  • Apply the stain. Take your time and experiment with how much stain or clear coat you should apply. Some stains make certain areas of the wood darker than others, which is just fine--that's another charm of knotty pine kitchen cabinets.
  • Apply the finish. When the kitchen cabinets are stained to your satisfaction, apply the clear coat to seal your work.

Knotty pine kitchen cabinets are gorgeous additions to your kitchen, at home in luxury kitchen designs just as much as they are in rustic cabins. They can definitely add character to your home.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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