I am usually lurking over at Breaktime, but have reached the point in my kitchen where I need some real finishing advice. I have installed cherry cabinets from Candlelight cabinets in NY. http://www.candlelightcabinetry.com/company/finish.php
I have a quart of the stain they used on the solid and veneer cherry of the cabinets. I purchased cherry stock for the window and door trim, which will be plain flat stock; 4/4 X 5 for casings/sill and 5/4 X 6 for the top and plinth. Some real nice wood! Now my finishing experience is poly on floors, Waterlox on floors and some wipe on stuff Hormby’s or something like that, so… not much experience.
What I am looking for is a mellow finish, not shiny glass, but reasonably tough (enough for trim) and can be touched up or repaired if scratched, banged into, etc. I do not have to exactly match the color of the cabinets, so I don’t have to use the stain. Also, their top coat is a ‘conversion varnish’ which I understand to be paint gun applied, which I can’t do.
Any thoughts or suggestions? Much thanks