Most stains are made to allow the natural grain of the wood to show through.
Because of this, you can’t get a lighter color by applying a light stain over a dark stain.
You can remove the original stain with a chemical stripper or by sanding it away.
Can you change the stain color on kitchen cabinets?
You can stain your cabinets a different color to give it a new and refreshing look. In fact it is easier to change the color than replacing the old cabinets. Going from dark wood to a lighter color can be strenuous. However, applying a dark color for your light wood cabinets is usually an easier process.
How do you Restain kitchen cabinets with stains?
Sand your cabinets with 200-grit fine sandpaper to remove any peeling varnish and to roughen up the stained surfaces. This provides a better bonding surface for the new stain or paint to adhere to. Wipe off the sanding dust with a clean cloth. Apply a paint primer to the cabinets if you’re going to paint them.
How do you lighten dark stained cabinets?
You can change the color of your stained oak cabinets, but it will require time and effort. Stain sinks into wood pores under a sealed topcoat of lacquer. The only way to properly lighten the wood is to remove the lacquer, sand off the dark stain and replace it with a lighter color of stain.
Photo in the article by “Mount Pleasant Granary”