How to Build a Custom Cabinet

By Scott Arnold on How To

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Step 11: Choosing the finished look

There are several different types of stains and or paints that you can choose to make your cabinet look great. A good rule of thumb is to take some scraps pieces of wood and test out your stain before applying it to your project.

In my case, the customer wanted the cabinet painted. This was my reasoning for going with AC plywood instead of a birch or maple which takes a stain much nicer.  We used Sherman Williams primer, tinted to the color she wanted. Applied one coat of primer, then sand. After the second coat of primer we sanded again and then added two coats of paint giving it a nice color.



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Scott Arnold

Writer / Carpenter / Remodeler

Contributing Editor Scott Arnold is the owner of Scott Arnold Remodeling LLC out of Waltham MA. Custom decks, fireplace makeovers, kitchens and bathrooms, Scott enjoys the frame to finish concept. Scott will share his perspective on tools as carpenter and remodeler here and on

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