I asked about changing old dark oak cabinets into bleached oak ones, and I had asked if anyone knew how this can be done if it can be at all. I have sanded them down and I don't know where to go from here. sorry if I insulted anyone, I really would like an answer, I am anxious to start this project.
I also asked about sanding in the grooves and contours of my cabinets using a Dremel and if anyone had ideas on that should I use one? is there anything better out there to use?
I will end this post post again with the way I ended my last one:
To answer your question, it's easy to make light wood darker, it's near impossible to lighten up dark. You can sand and sand and sand, but a a general rule it's more trouble than it's worth.
FYI, no response to a Q is itself an answer, it means "no".
Trying to get into the little cracks with a Dremel tool is an exercise in frustration. The tool will cut deeply in spots, not at all in others. You'll wind up with a noticably uneven line that will show when standing back.
While more expensive from a material standpoint, (but a *LOT* less labor), reskinning and changing the doors will give the best looking results.
I appreciate the fact that you took out some time to give me some insight. Thanks.
let me ask another 2 questions then, first what would you recommend as a colour for me to use to finish my cabinets (keeping in mind that I want to go with a lighter colour) and second, what would you suggest that I do in order to remove the dark stain in the contours of the cabinets?
You would have best luck with an opaque stain (read *PAINT*). There is simply not a good way to lighten. Take one of the doors and experiment. You might be able to use a white pickling finish that will bring it up some, but chances are it'll not go where you want it.
Just yesterday, we used clamps after glue simply to take the bow out of the wood we were using, and it straightened everything out for us. Usually though, any time you lay up a project the clamps are...