How to upcycle a cabinet using our wood stain colours

Geneva Vanderzeil's DIY how-to for reviving a timber cabinet

Have you found yourself in this design dilemma? The gorgeous but very dated cabinet you've loved forever looks a little drab, or you've stumbled across a well-loved piece in desperate need of some TLC. Why not revive it?
We're conditioned to believe that if the furniture isn't perfect, we should look for something new. But the shopping trip can wait. Because with a few new design elements and Prooftint in Black Japan, that cabinet (and everything else) will look like a beautiful statement piece in no time!
Each coat of our Black Japan wood stain colour imparts a rich, dark tint that is oh so sophisticated. And the best part? You won't believe how easy it is!

Cabinet in Feast Watson Prooftint Black Japan

What you'll need

woodstain colours
Feast Watson Prooftint™
Black Japan
Timber Floor Wax
Feast Watson Timber Floor Wax
Timber handles
Electric Sander
Paint Brush

The steps:

1. Remove any existing coatings using timber stripper* if needed, and sand the timber to create a smooth, bare surface.
2. Using a brush or cloth, apply Prooftint evenly over the cabinet’s exterior and handles, ensuring every spot is covered.
3. Make yourself a cup of tea while the stain penetrates the surface, which will take around 2-5 minutes. Wipe off the excess with a clean, soft cloth.
4. Ensure the edges of adjoining sections are carefully blended together by evenly wiping the overlap area.
5. Attach the handles to your desired location, screwing them in place.
6. Finally, seal your piece with our Timber Floor Wax. This clear topcoat ensures lasting protection and fully develops the final colour!
*Chat with our Help & Advice team for the best timber stripper to use for your project.

There you have it!

With a bit of Prooftint, that beloved, tired-looking living room cabinet, is now a stunning centrepiece in your space! Are you inspired to try this DIY? If you share your handiwork on Instagram, make sure you tag @feast_watson and #FWxGeneva.

Cabinet Before & After

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