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Transform your kitchen island with a perfect stain

Before and after images showcasing residential kitchen island transformation with custom stain in Naples, Florida.

Transform your kitchen island with a perfect stain

Transform your Kitchen Island with a Perfect Stain

I am excited to share a project that combines creativity and functionality. Staining a new wood kitchen Island. My project was to match a wood door from the factory, the door that inspired the finishing touches for my clients kitchen. Let me as I walk you through the steps of transforming a plain kitchen island into a centerpiece with a rich, custom stain.

The Inspiration

The factory door ! The door that sparked this project was a gift, and its intricate design and beautiful finish perfectly complemented the vision for my clients kitchen. Matching the island to the door would tie the whole kitchen together, creating a harmonious and inviting space.

Choosing your stain

Selecting the right stain is crucial. For this project, I needed to color match a pre-existing cabinet factory door.

  • Color: Match it with existing elements in the kitchen.
  • Type: Oil-based stains penetrate deeper and last longer, while water-based stains are easier to clean and dry faster.
  • Finish: Decide between matte, satin, or gloss finish, I choose satin finish for my project, it depends on your desired look.

Preparing the wood

Preparation is key to achieving a smooth and even stain. Follow the steps below:

  • Sand the wood: Start with a coarse-grit sandpaper (80-100 grit) to remove rough spots and finish with a finer grit (180-220 grit) for a smooth surface.
  • Clean the surface: Wipe away dust and debris with a tack cloth or a damp rag. Make sure the wood is completely dry before proceeding.
  • Condition the wood: Use a pre-stain wood conditioner, especially on softwoods like pine, to ensure the stain applies evenly.
Applying the Stain

Now, the fun part !! Apply the stain.

  • Test the Stain: Always test the stain on a scrap piece of wood or an inconspicuous area of the island to ensure you’re happy with the color.
  • Apply the Stain: Use a clean, lint-free cloth, brush, or foam applicator. Apply the stain in the direction of the wood grain, ensuring even coverage.
  • Wipe Off Excess: After a few minutes (following the manufacturer’s instructions), wipe off the excess stain with a clean cloth. The longer you leave the stain on, the darker the color will be.
Finishing  Touches

To protect your beautifully stained island, apply a finish. You can use a Polyurethane, Shellac or a Wax.


Staining your kitchen island can transform your space, adding warmth and character. Contact us today for a free estimate to make over your kitchen into a space you just love being in!

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