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Need help for wood tones clashing

sbushongNovember 29, 2012
Please, does anyone have any ideas? My painter stained my cabinets a with much different cherry stain than I picked out. Thus, the cabinets clash and in fact look pink next to my floor.
The builder says there is nothing they can do, because it is too late. Is there something I can do to help that area by the bar look better. The floor looks alright in other areas such as by the fireplace. ????
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Tell the builder that he has to fix it. It is not your fault and you shouldn't have to live with it. If he offers you enough money you could paint the bar wood, but it has to be enough money to settle.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 9:11PM
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What does the builder mean "there's nothing that can be done because it's too late, REALLY since when!!!! If that's not the stain you picked out then it's just too bad for the painter and the builder. It"s unfortunate for sure but also not acceptable, don't sign off until they rectify this. You're right, they clash and there pink :(
    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 9:13PM
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Try staining/painting the bar area in espresso color. Will work better with your floor color. Two tone kitchen with lower in espresso and upper in cherry might look nice
3 Likes    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 10:22PM
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It really has to be much darker. All cabinets one tone.
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    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 10:37PM
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I completely agree with olldcan. You picked out the stain you liked, you paid for it and the builder goofed. A little sanding and a darker stain will take care of it. Don't settle !!!
1 Like    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 3:24AM
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The brown/pecan tones of your hardwood floors call for similarly stained cabinets ranging from golden oak to espresso. I would not consider any cherry stain with red undertones.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 3:49AM
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A soft white cabinet would be gorgeous with floor and countertop. This would also be an easier fix for builder and you would not have sanding in your finished home.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 6:17AM
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I looked at pic again. I think the builder needs to put a more substantial base trim around island.
    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 6:19AM
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Dar Eckert
It would be hard to re-stain the wood once it has been sealed but there are some nice finishes like Minwax that could be brushed over the wood to darken it. They allow the wood grain to show through.
    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 6:25AM
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
I would bring in a faux finisher and have the cabinets stained darker and try to eliminate as much red as possible.

Curious, is it that the selected stain was actually used, but looks much different on these particular cabinets than it did on the sample or did they truly use an incorrect stain? When we built our home, I had the builder obtain stain from the manufacturer of our cabinets to be used on all of the woodwork in the house. The intent was that all of the woodwork would then blend. The woodwork was a different wood species and came out MUCH different from our cabinets. No one's fault - he did what we asked. Over time, we just had to fix the issue as we could afford to do so.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 7:15AM
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Check rustoleumtransformations.com for a solution if the builder dumps it on you.
    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 7:30AM
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