Can you stain poplar to look like cherry?
Thereof, can you stain oak to look like cherry?
Cherry cabinets are can be very expensive. If you have standard oak cabinets but would like to emulate the dark, red-tinted look of cherry, you can do so by refinishing them. You will need to carefully choose the right cherry colored stain and set up a work space.
One may also ask, what wood stain looks like cherry? Alder, poplar and soft maple are the first choices when staining a hardwood plywood with a cherry stain. Other hardwood plywoods, such as beech, birch and oak have a different wood grain and won't look like cherry, even if the color match is perfect.
Keeping this in view, can you stain poplar to look like walnut?
It can be made to look just like walnut, and also cherry. It's true that poplar and walnut have different pore structures, but their grain patterns are very similar, especially when plain sawn. Poplar takes oil based stains very well.
Is Poplar good for staining?
Poplar also looks great stained. In fact, you can stain it to mimic the look of more much expensive woods. Applying a "stain conditioner" to your wood before staining will help, but it will leave you with a much lighter finish. To get the best-looking finish, go for a gel stain.