One of the great ways to add color to your wood cabinets is to stain them. Staining also retains the beauty of the wood’s natural grain. Manufacturers use different names for different stains, so be careful in picking out your stain…the same name might be a completely different color for another company.
Select the wood you prefer, and then consider the final look you want, then it will be easier to decide if a light, medium, or dark stain will work best with the wood you have chosen. Keep in mind that just having a stain will not protect your wood. A finishing coat must be applied to the stain in order to protect the wood. You can choose how much shine you would like just as you would choose paint colors: matte, high-gloss, or in-between.