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Does anyone have some tips for re staining furnature? I purchased a kitchen which is mahogany.....I would not however call it mahogany.....I would call it RED. I need to tone down the red with a dark stain. I tried lightly sanding and restaining with a dark stain but all I get is RED. Any ideas? mary ann :)

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After carefully stripping off the sealer and lightly sanding it you could try walnut to tone down the RED, but it will still be very dark. You could also try a wash over it, start with almost barely tinted water; Green is the complement to red, so it'll gray the color somewhat.

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I try removing the mahogany stain with nail polish remover before I repaint or re stain, but its very messy. The stain comes off easier on some pieces than others, I would try a test spot.

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The red mahogany, ah yes, found those things to be a bugger to strip, sand and restain... no matter what I did, I wasn't satisfied with the results. I also could not find matching top cupboards. I ended up painting mine, for my Willow, then using gloss varnish for shine.

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I would just paint over it. It's very hard and messy to remove. I don't like the reddish tones either, and just paint it whatever color looks best as contrast for the wallpapers and wall paints.

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I completely understand! I'm tempted to try some drastic measures myself!

I will say that different color backgrounds like your paint or wallpaper colors make that garish red look differently. Try holding it up to different colors; some can make it seem more natural while others make it even more crayola.

If you decide to paint, you can stain over paint and still get a realistic wood look. I used a dark stain over white painted trim recently and it looked fairly realistic. Sorry no pics!

Good luck! I'm looking forward to seeing even more ideas.

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Once you remove that horrible sealer if another stain doesn't work try some of the stuff to make wood look pickled to see if that will lighten it enough to restain it.

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