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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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I am doing a little remodeling of my old kitchen cabinets. I am changing from a separate oven and cook top to an all in one unit. So a few cabinets are being deleted and changed. They are maple but having yellowed over the years. I am adding some new trim boards and need to match the color. I was thinking maybe BLO and beeswax as it has a nice yellow color. The other option that I can think of is orange shellac.

Has anybody had any good luck with this process?

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Any suggestions on coming up a a good color match?
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Here is a picture of the cabinets.
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I recently had to match some new oak floor boards with a floor that was about 20 years old. I tried various stain mixtures but in the end orange shellec was a perfect match. I used Zinsser brand and like all waxed shellac the can said not to cover with another finish. I called the manufacturer, Rust-Oleum, and was told that Varathane Crystal Clear Floor Finish would adhere and it did without any problems. Good luck with your project.
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Can't help with the satin but you have picked a good quality range.

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This like a good time to build new door and drawer fronts then sand the frames and stain to match.
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That does look like orange shellac. My kitchen and family room are knotty pine and covered with orange shellac. It's not a very long wearing finish, but very easy to match and touch up. I have made several major renovations to my kitchen and other than a few screw holes left from moving a few hinges, you can't see what is different. The original wood was actually fir, which has a kind of pink tint to it. I found that a thin coat of MinWax Ipswitch Pine stain, followed by several coats of orange shellac made the new look like the original.

It's always best to experiment a little, but this is what I came up with.

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Lee; if that's a new a gas range, you might want to check into the regs re the allowable distances to flammable surfaces...ie painted/lacquered etc wood cabinet faces. It's changed since those were first installed. Damage claims from a kitchen fire could be disallowed. Don't ask the insurance company; that'll just give them a heads up...
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I am still trying to decide.

I have a little progress. I put in a 20 amp circuit. I pulled all the florescent lights and replaced with three 4 foot LED shop lights from Costco. I extended the light all the way into the corner. I had to change from direct wired to plug in lights.

I painted the light trough a neutral white. I also started priming the shelf and wall.

I built the cabinet front with left over material so it kind of matches. I then added two drawers with sliders. The bottom slider is rated for 100 lbs. so we can put cast iron pans in it. The sides of the bottom drawer is made out of 3/4 inch material with a 1/2 inch bottom. I think it should hold what ever I put in it.

I got the bright idea to replace the drawer slides in all 9 old drawers. I have wasted too much time so I am going to wait until I finish the remodel. I replaced the slides in 3 old drawers using the new Kreg jig. I was all excited it was so easy then I hit a wide drawer with lots of problems. I had to add a piece of maple in the center to pull up the sagging bottom. Then the drawer was rubbing on a counter support under support which I had to take down an 1/8 of an inch. So I spent most of a whole day just fixing this one drawer. Plus I had to hand plane the drawer smooth and straight. Back to the remodel grind.

Boy this change up is taking a lot more time than I thought.
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Lee; if that's a new a gas range, you might want to check into the regs re the allowable distances to flammable surfaces...ie painted/lacquered etc wood cabinet faces. It's changed since those were first installed. Damage claims from a kitchen fire could be disallowed. Don't ask the insurance company; that'll just give them a heads up...
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I may have to think about the new regs. I have 20 something inches but not 30 inches. I may have to take out part of the center cabinet. ugh. More work.
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I may have to think about the new regs. I have 20 something inches but not 30 inches. I may have to take out part of the center cabinet. ugh. More work.
Lee, I mention that because if you have a gas fitter and he takes out a permit, and the Inspector actually shows up and does an inspection, you're in deep doodoo.
You could roll the dice......
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