I bought a home with a very small kitchen, and I just added on to it. The
previous owners had natural cherry cabinets (no stain) from Kraft Maid. I
ordered a few more cabinets and 2 panels that will surround the
refrigerator from Home Depot. I took in a door from my cabinets (they are
about 3 years old), and matched it exactly to what the sample was in HD.
They arrived last week, and the cherry was much lighter then the redish
ones I have. A Kraft Maid rep came to my house and said they were
definately the same, but over time the light wood would change to what I
have. I guess I have to take his word on it, but I won't know if what he
is saying is true until they begin to turn from being exposed to light.
Does anyone have any experence with cherry?
I'm not sure about the Cherry used in your cabinets, but I know for a fact
that Brazilian Cherry flooring darkens dramaticaly over time. I wouldn't be
surprised if this was not normal for Cherry cabinetry as well.
Absolutely true. Cherry darkens and reddens when exposed to sunlight.
Might take 6-12 months or a little more or less depending on how much
natural light is in your kitchen.
I do woodworking. To give you an example, compare these pics of a
couple of my projects:
The first pic was taken about a year after I was done, and the cherry
was exposed. The 2nd pic was taken the day I brought the project up
from the basement.
These both started out the same color!
You can even see color change on boards that are lying on top of each
other, with some cherry exposed.
If you have doubt, take a piece of heavy paper and place it over a spot on
the door. Put it where it gets sunlight for a few days and you will see the
difference. Any wood will darken a bit, but cherry can darken quite a lot.
I have lots of experience with cherry. Let me assure you, the other
posters are right. Natural cherry darkens a _lot_ when exposed to light,
and much faster than most other woods.
If you want to speed things up, take the new doors off, and put them
in a sunny window. In as short as a week, they'll be as dark as your
Under normal indoor lighting conditions, cherry will continue darkening
for 3-4 years.
[You can darken cherry even faster by "fuming" with ammonia, but I'd
recommend against that - it probably wouldn't be very consistent
considering the clear finish. The time to do the fuming trick
is _before_ clearcoat.]
[I've always believed that staining cherry was a sacrilege. The
natural darkening is so much better.]
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
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We have new cherry cabinets in our rehabed kitchen. We finished about
4-5 months ago. These are Kraft Maid also. Already, there's a definite
darkening of the outside of each door as compared to the inside. We
expected it (EVERYONE told us it would happen when we were shopping),
and, we love it. We think it's much richer look than some other wood
stained to the same shade.
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