The simple answer to your quesiton is: "Yes it's possible, but ..."
The first thing you should do is be sure that your cabinet is really
veneer. That is has a thin layer of REAL wood over whatever product is
underneath. Maybe carefully separate a spot on the bottom or back to
see that there is in fact wood there, and not some type composite
plastic material. If its plastic, then paint is your only option.
Then you should decide how much time you are willing to spend to get a
good looking result. Anything that removes the sealant will also
affect the stain underneath. You may get streaking and end up being
committed to stripping the entire piece and re-staining from bare
Next, be aware that your walnut stain will not end up being its
advertised color if you apply it over the oak/cherry.
Finally (take it from someone who knows!), wood stripping and
refinishing of furniture is labor intensive, messy, and exacting. The
whole process may take a week or more depending on the size of the
piece. This is why its usually reserved for the preservation of
family pieces and antiques.
But, if you decide youre going to do this, what you should do first
is test the finish. The general rule is that you start with the least
invasive product and work your way to stronger and stronger until you
find one that works.
The usual progression is warm water then ammonia then alcohol then
acetone (nail polish remover) and then to commercial stripping
There are many products on the market that remove finish from wood.
Your best bet is to go to your local hardware store and ask the people
there. But here are a few examples.
Here are some sites that offer techniques for stripping furniture
If youd like a personal recommendation from someone who has
refinished lots of antique furniture (not to mention much of the
woodwork in an 1870s home) Id recommend painting the cabinet
Good luck with your project!
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