How to remodel a knotty pine kitchen

Updated February 21, 2017

When you're remodelling a knotty pine kitchen, showcase the wood instead of trying to get rid of it. Painting over the knotty pine will remove the old world rustic feel of your kitchen. Staining the knotty pine a different colour and adding a high-gloss sheen can give you the fresh look that you want. At the same time, update your lighting. You need basic painting, carpentry and electrical skills to remodel a knotty pine kitchen. Give yourself ample time to complete the sanding and staining of the wood for an expertly done remodel.

Go over all knotty pine in the kitchen with fine-grit sand paper. Remove the sanding dust with a small brush, and sweep it onto the floor. Clean up the dust with a broom and dustpan. Sanding knotty pines prepares it for staining.

Stain all knotty pine in the kitchen with a paintbrush, stain and rag. Mix the stain, dip a paintbrush into the stain, and brush the stain onto the knotty pine. Rub the stain with a dry cloth to keep it from dripping or streaking as you go. Continue until all the knotty pine has a new colour. For example, if your knotty pine has a light stain, stain it darker.

Apply a coat of lacquer, using a paintbrush. Dip the paintbrush into the lacquer, and brush on a thin layer. Allow this layer to dry, and repeat for high-gloss sheen.

Paint any other areas of the kitchen. Select an earth-tone colour to complement the knotty pine.

Replace the ceiling light fixture with a chandelier. Turn off power in the kitchen at the main power source. Remove the screws holding the ceiling fixture, and untwist the colour-coded wires. Install the chandelier by twisting the colour-coded wires from the chandelier to the wires hanging from the ceiling and securing them with wire nuts. Place the wires inside the ceiling, and secure the chandelier, using the screws provided. Restore the power and test.

Add new hardware to the drawers and cabinets that complements the new look of your knotty pine walls. This will freshen up your cabinets and add to the overall new look of your kitchen.

Things You'll Need

  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Brush
  • Dustpan
  • Stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Rag
  • Lacquer
  • Interior paint
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Chandelier
  • Cabinet hardware
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Stephanie Nolan has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles appear on various websites, where she specializes in topics about home improvement, parenting and interior design. Nolan holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.